Shyna Kalra

Senior Sub-editor with The Indian Express. She is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Dhenkanal. Tweets at @ShynaKalra.

Articles By Shyna Kalra

IIT-Delhi creates vegan egg from plants; mock meat coming soon

The new substance, created by IIT-Delhi, is made from lentils and has the same protein-level, taste and cooking procedure as real eggs, Plant-based mutton, chicken, beef and turkey will be released soon.

International Literacy Day: Why India needs to achieve digital literacy now more than ever

According to a survey by Google India, children as young as 10 have access to the web but 98 per cent of Indian parents believe that to use the internet independently, their ward should be taught about online safety. Experts believe that it is parents who need training first.

Teachers’ Day: A farmer, a homemaker to an IITian, meet India’s favourite YouTube teachers

With fast expanding internet reach, India is learning to consume knowledge over YouTube. Here is a list of most subscribed teachers on YouTube who teach beyond the curriculum.

India has over 2 lakh fewer female teachers than males; gap wider at top ranks

Poor performance by women in UGC NET, societal biases while hiring and promotion have led to 2 lakh fewer female teachers than males across India. The gender gap is wider at the higher posts, according to an HRD report

NCTE to launch course for training school counselors

The course will be available from the coming academic year 2021. For those who have a BA in Psychology, a one-year diploma course would be available to make them trained counsellors.

Medical college, centre for engineering in medicine soon at IIT-Kanpur

The Centre for Engineering in Medicine will start enrolling students from October. It will offer Masters and PhD level courses with nearly 50 seats. The medical college-cum-specialty hospital, which is developing in collaboration with Tata Trust, will also have Master's level courses.

NCTE to shut down ‘poor performing’ BEd colleges, 1000 institutes under scrutiny

Even after over 5 lakh extra enrollment in BEd courses, hundreds of colleges fail to fill seats. The mindset of BEd increasing the matrimonial prospects of women is among the reasons behind the lack of quality education, says the chairperson.

DU open school students can shift to regular colleges in second year

The SOL will also hold online classes including webinars and chat-based counselling sessions for which the institute is aiming to hire 2000 new PCPs. The new study material will be available to students in their respective dashboards.

IIIT Bhopal students demand faculty, placement cell; warned of zero marks in exams

Three years post establishment, IIIT Bhopal is yet to have a director, permanent faculty or placement cell. Worried about lack of placement, students protesting since a week. IIIT administration threatens to give zero in tests, approaches parents.

IIT-Delhi faces hostel crunch, students to live in OYO-powered accommodation

Over 550 boys have been made to live in OYO-partnered nearby accommodation while female students have been accommodated in faculty, guest flats inside the campus. There has been high enrolment due to EWS quota, women-only quota as well as an increase in PhD seats as part of Institute of eminence status.

ICAI topper Ajay Agarwal plans to create ‘Super 30’ for CA coaching

Son of a middle-class shop-owner, Ajay Agarwal dedicated himself to studies in hope of better days. Last year, his elder brother topped the CA exam. Ajay, however, has scored highest-ever marks in the past five years and wishes to train the underprivileged.

CISCE Board to set-up common question paper for class 9, 11 exams across schools

Promotion from class 9 to 10 and class 11 to 12 will be based on the cumulative average of marks obtained in both the annual exam and unit tests. The unit tests will be conducted by the respective schools, as per the previous rules.

Innovative ideas from teachers across India, available at a click, to boost curriculum at zero cost

The Union Minister of HRD is expected to confer these awards on August 17. The prize-winning ideas will also be compiled in a booklet and circulated to teachers across India.

Delhi University introduces free course on happiness, toppers to be trained in Europe

The faculty members were given training and asked on what their concept of happiness was. Based on feedback from faculty and experts, the curriculum was created

Why most drop-outs from IITs, IIMs are from reserved category?

In terms of IITs, the maximum dropouts are seen in IIT-Delhi, while at IIMs, most dropouts took place at IIM Indore followed by IIM Kashipur. At IIM-Kashipur, all the dropouts in the past two years were reserved-category students.

JEE Main 2020 applications to begin from September 2: NTA

JEE Main 2020 Application Form Date: The online application to begin from September 2 at the official website, or The official notification will be released in within 15 days, as per officials.

IIM-Kozhikode’s curriculum is now ‘contemporary’, with research, new-age courses

The new courses include sustainability in business, design thinking, and business model for the digital economy. There have been several structural changes, for instance, the standard course of quantitative analysis now has a component of analytics.

EWS quota worsens JNU hostel crises: 10 students in one dorm without cooler, cupboards

Over 15,000 students admitted in supernumerary seats created for EWS students in JNU this year. Officials converting community centres into dormitories to accommodate outstation students, several awaiting allotment. Two new hostels to come up at the campus for upcoming batches.

Why are all online tests going MCQ-based and how does it fail holistic assessment?

India's shift towards online exams has not been without criticism. From being costlier to lack infrastructure, alleged leaks and disadvantages for rural candidates, there have been many claims against the CBT exams. Here is a take on each aspect from stakeholders across domains.

Meet India’s entrepreneurs under 18 who founded companies before completing class 12

One of the key issues, faced as a young entrepreneur, said Avantika, is that a school student is not given the same amount of attention as the adults. "The most difficult part was to pitch business to adults and convenience them to listen to what I had to say."