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Does preschooling prepare kids for school?
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Preschools are ubiquitous in India’s villages, shows a comprehensive new survey that watched 14,000 children over 5 years. But the benefits they bring are often dependent on factors such as the quality of early education, child’s gender and education level of mother.

JNU faculty chorus: Seat cap by itself isn’t wrong but why hurry, why heavy handed
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

The university administration, however, believes that even with the seat cap, JNU’s PhD numbers won’t compare too badly with that of other universities.

JNU faculty chorus: Seat cap OK but what’s the method, and why the hurry
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

A teacher in the School of Physical Sciences says the administration’s “refusal to talk to us, give us a hearing” has only added to the confusion among teachers and students.

Deprivation points go, so do some JNU dreams: ‘All I wanted was a PhD, then to teach in Hisar’
Wed, Apr 12, 2017

From 52 MPhil and 30 PhD scholars approved by JNU’s Academic Council for 2017-18, the Centre for Historical Studies has zero new seats this year.

New faultlines in JNU after deep cuts in research seats
Tue, Apr 11, 2017

The university will admit only 242 research scholars this year, an 82.81 per cent cut from the 1,408 seats for 2017-18 approved by the Academic Council

Left without Cover
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

They had little financial access and autonomy to begin with and now with their secret stash of cash gone after demonetisation, women in India struggle to start all over again.

Students vs teachers: The rage in the classroom
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

In Delhi’s government schools, violence is a sign of the deep class divide between students and teachers, between the promise of education and its bitter failure.

27 days later, 275 km apart, Najeeb’s parents hope, waiting for news
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

On October 15, hours after he had got into a late-night scuffle with ABVP members campaigning for the hostel elections, Najeeb Ahmed, 27, a first-year MSc student of Biotechnology, had gone missing from his Room No. 106 in JNU’s Mahi-Mandvi hostel.

Delhi Municipal schools: Children get one uniform for summer, mother keeps it going
Sun, Aug 28, 2016

Children in Delhi’s municipal schools get just one set of uniform in summer; it caught the HC’s attention. Here’s what a mother does to keep the uniform going

Not his burden to bear
Sun, Aug 07, 2016

Bezwada Wilson, one of this year’s Magsaysay Award winners, on being the young child who never understood the meaning of untouchability and his campaign to eradicate manual scavenging in India.

Dalits finally fighting back, says Magsaysay winner Bezwada Wilson
Thu, Aug 04, 2016

According to Wilson, the decision by Dalits to boycott disposal of animal carcasses was “not reactionary”.

The exam factor: Why RTE’s no-detention provision is on test
Sun, May 29, 2016

18 states believe the Centre should do away with the RTE’s no-detention provision, and a panel on new education policy suggests it should end at Class VI, even though governments cite falling learning outcomes

This way to school: How dismal indicators for education in Odisha’s Nabarangpur are slowly changing
Sun, May 15, 2016

Uma Vishnu travels to the district and finds that it’s slowly changing — ask the father who sends his three daughters out to study, the girl who is determined she won’t drop out, the education officer who is beaming at this year’s Class X pass percentage of 92%

Nabarangpur: Poorest district leaps to top 5 in Odisha with 92 per cent pass in Class X
Wed, May 11, 2016

Class X results declared on May 2, standing fifth among the state’s 30 districts.

How a railway project put truck driver’s son on plane to Japan
Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Nabarangpur has some of the most dismal indicators for education, with 57.35 per cent of the population having never attended school.

Poorest district gets first govt degree college
Fri, Apr 15, 2016

Spread over 10 acres, the ground and first floors of the building have come up and, according to the district administration, the college will be “up and running in a few months”.

#JNU: What is it about the university that makes the government sit up?
Sun, Feb 21, 2016

JNU, with its brick-red buildings and scruffy Aravalli vegetation, its hostels and dhabas has always been a place for critical ideas, where the dominant ideologies of caste, class and gender are be challenged.

Moving 2016: Hope
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

2015 was the year of migrants. To mark 2016, The Sunday Express tracks 16 people who moved home in 2015, some of them in public glare, some just a footnote in India’s internal migrants story, to begin new lives.

‘He is a child, he will forget’
Sun, Dec 27, 2015

On July 30 this year, Taj walked out of Moradabad jail with foster parents Usman and his wife Suhina.

We are trying to remove stigma that comes with failure in Maths: Salman Khan
Sat, Dec 05, 2015

Today, the online Khan Academy offers more than 2,600 free, 10-minute videos on a range of topics — maths, science, computer science, history, economics and more.

Sunday Eye: A sex worker duped twice by a ‘friend’
Sun, Nov 01, 2015

A 28-year-old woman from a village in Andhra Pradesh ends up in Delhi’s red-light area. The Road gives her a new name, work and a place to stay, but takes away her child. She is now fighting to get her daughter back.

They get leg-up at JEE but hard landing on campus
Fri, Aug 07, 2015

More and more students from disadvantaged groups; campus safety net riddled with holes.

IIT Roorkee says we are background-blind, students say look at us
Thu, Aug 06, 2015

Some say students from reserved categories, Hindi-medium schools are at a disadvantage.

Good JEE rank, failing first-year: IIT Roorkee struggles to find out why
Wed, Aug 05, 2015

An investigation by The Indian Express and several interviews with key players — professors, students and administrators at IITs — shows most of the students who were expelled were from reserved categories.

Bihar: Out in the cold, Pappu Yadav to chart a new course
Tue, Jun 09, 2015

Pappu had spent five years in jail for allegedly murdering CPM legislator Ajit Sarkar in 1998 and was acquitted in 2013.

Shabnam & Saleem: The relationship that claimed seven lives of a family
Sun, Jun 07, 2015

A death sentence was awarded by the Amroha Sessions Court in 2010 to Shabnam and her lover Saleem. But only 10 days later the apex court dramatically stayed the death warrants.

Grace Under Fire
Sat, May 30, 2015

A compelling account of two Namboothiri women in 20th century Kerala and their quest for identity in the face of upper-caste orthodoxy.

Postcards of change: www.chandauli.com
Sun, May 03, 2015

Zuckerberg visited Chandauli- and to this Internet centre- to understand the way rural India connects to the Net.

The Big Picture : Hashimpura Then, Hashimpura Now
Sun, Mar 29, 2015

Hashimpura now, like all those years ago, is one of the many lanes that slip out of the main Old Meerut road.

Tamil Nadu growth bucks the trend
Wed, Jan 14, 2015

Tamil Nadu’s remarkable rise comes after its count had fallen from 15 per cent in 2010.

It happened one night
Sun, Dec 07, 2014

Vibhuti Narain Rai was Ghaziabad SSP in 1987 when the Hashimpura killings took place. With the trial on in a Delhi court, he is writing a tell-all book that raises vital questions.

Years to the Ground
Sat, Nov 29, 2014

A month-long exhibition on excavations from Pattanam, a village in Kerala, unearths layers of history through art and artefacts

Big Picture: Read me a story
Sun, Oct 19, 2014

Year after year, Pratham’s Annual Survey of Education Report, or ASER, tells us about children who go to school but can’t read or do basic math.

No country for the old: Seven out of 10 elderly who live alone are women
Wed, Oct 08, 2014

A whopping 72.83 per cent of old people who live alone are women.

Beyond our differences is common ground… Terrorists are seeking to destroy that: Mariane Pearl
Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Pearl simply drew from her story and her husband Daniel’s to say how journalism is at once both complex and simple.

Holy cow! Desi cattle show dip in numbers, foreign variety up
Thu, Sep 04, 2014

Balyan said that the govt was working towards promoting the indigenous variety — the desi cow or the ‘venerated’ gau mata.