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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.

COVID effect: Indians pick courses with study abroad options, foreign applications drop
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

While government-run higher institutes have always found it a challenge to attract enough foreign students, most of the private universities too, have received very few applications this year from foreign students.

CBSE 12th result: Daughter of newspaper hawker gets 94% marks, aims to change education system
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

"I wish to change the face of the education system, especially for government and Hindi-medium schools in Bhopal," says the 17-year-old.

Delayed JEE Main, NEET to take cut-off higher, students’ college choices likely to change
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

The situation is worse for those who have faced an economic crisis amid all of this. Students who have gone back home or those in a geographically disadvantaged situation are also facing the brunt as connectivity remains a key challenge.

CBSE Class 10 results 2020: How to choose subjects
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

While selecting subjects, students should understand that it is a career path and not stream that they are opting for. One should keep in mind the preparation required for admission to at undergraduate after pursuing the stream, recommend experts.

Almost a 100: Meet CBSE 10th result top scorers who got more than 99%
Thu, Jul 16, 2020

From the son of a farmer who wishes to fulfill his father's dreams to a dancer cum debater who does not fit the traditional image of a topper, meet all those who have scored more than 99 per cent marks in CBSE 10th board exams results.

CBSE 12th result 2020: From differently-abled to economically backward, these students dominate +90% list
Mon, Jul 13, 2020

Among the students scoring over 90%, many have overcome economic and physical hardship along with the coronavirus pandemic to obtain these marks. Here are some of the inspiring stories.

JEE Advanced 2020: IITs to consider proposals on syllabus cut, changes in exam format
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

If the schools do not reopen timely, it can also impact the entrance exams scheduled to be held in 2021. JEE Main first attempt for instance is scheduled for January 2021.

As colleges prep to reopen, some campuses to act as isolated spaces, many to offer COVID scholarships
Mon, Jul 06, 2020

Even as masks, sanitisers, and thermal check-ups at entry points are going to be mandatory, institutes are finding the task of ensuring social distancing in hostels, common facilities like canteens, and while commuting to be a challenge. From making campuses into isolated units to scholarships and pay-later options, here is what universities across India are doing to prepare themselves for reopening.

Parents not ready to send children to school, demand reduced syllabus, to continue online classes
Thu, Jul 02, 2020

Parents are not ready to send their children to school and demand online education to continue, while reducing the syllabus for upcoming classes. For students belonging to weaker sections of society who do not have proper access to online educational tools, the choice between on-campus and online schooling is even harder to make.

Baraut’s Anurag Malik tops UP Board Intermediate exams, aims to crack UPSC Civil Services
Mon, Jun 29, 2020

'I want society as a whole to be more united and responsible. I can do that only if I am in a position of power. This is why I want to become a 'bada afsar' (a senior offer),' said the UP Board 12th topper.

IITs dominate HRD’s NIRF ranking again; here’s why they fail internationally
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

IITs blame the high weightage given to 'perspective' metrics, which they claim lack transparency. The HRD Minister also said that he does not agree with international rankings and will instead focus on making Indian ranking a dream for international institutes.

Job aspirants paid low stipend, miss office environment as internships go digital
Fri, Jun 12, 2020

Delayed joining, less stipend, connectivity issues and missing out on an office environment has affected the internship season for the COVID batch of 2020. For a select few, with internships going digital, bigger brands and C-suite bosses have become accessible.

Why are students across India opposing online exams?
Fri, May 29, 2020

Incomplete syllabus, stress over the ongoing pandemic, and fear of not getting degrees on time are key concerns of students demanding promotion on the basis of internal assessments. Most are also facing problems due to a lack of infrastructure to appear for the online exams.

Bihar Board 10th female topper aims to become a doctor and serve her village
Thu, May 28, 2020

'Girls have the additional responsibility of cooking and helping in domestic chores, that is why they often fail to do their best in academics, but my parents motivated me to study,' said the rank-holder.

Son of a farmer, Bihar Board Class 10 topper has no device to study online, wishes to join IIT
Thu, May 28, 2020

Himanshu Raj believes that consistency is the key to crack any exam. However, his education is on a halt at present due to the coronavirus pandemic as schools are shut and he does not own a smartphone or laptop to study online.

Fee-waivers, IELTS relaxation: What are foreign universities offering to enroll international students
Fri, May 29, 2020

From fee-waivers to online courses, from virtual tours to provisional admissions and the option to join on-campus at any time, foreign universities are luring Indian students who make the second-highest influx of international exchange. But is it a wise option to study abroad this session?

COVID-19 impacts hospitality, travel sector: What’s on plate for students, job aspirants
Fri, May 29, 2020

Placements were midway for most institutes when the pandemic hit the country. The industry believes newer job roles will emerge and old ones might not be relevant. The academia is gearing up with a new curriculum, skill-based bridge courses, and special placement drives

Colleges to hold AI-powered ‘exams from home’: All you need to know about proctoring
Fri, May 15, 2020

The 'take-home exams' can be a huge relief for academicians but the major concern remains one of ensuring integrity. How can one ensure a candidate is not cheating? Here is an attempt to understand these exams.

As demand for online education surges, publishers get innovative
Tue, May 12, 2020

Even as ed-tech platform adoptions increase, national and international publishing houses are exploring newer ways to ride the change. Physical books and online learning will go hand in hand and the future of learning is hybrid, claims the industry.

Now, colleges offer unique courses on coronavirus
Fri, May 22, 2020

From management students to engineers, from policymakers to healthcare professionals, coronavirus has made it to the curriculum of almost all sectors. Here is a look at some of the colleges offering the course. Would you want to study about the pandemic?

No stipend since months, lockdown worsens situation: Research scholars write to PM Modi
Mon, May 04, 2020

Despite the announcement of fee hike and promise of regular disbursal of fee in January 2019, 88.5 per cent of the fellows claim that they do not get their payments on time while only 39.8 per cent scholars have received the increased stipend.

COVID-19: IIT-Tirupati students develop game to spread awareness about coronavirus
Fri, May 01, 2020

The game is set in a city where the player has to go out of the house to buy groceries and medicines, all while maintaining social distancing from infected objects and people, as well as collecting PPEs including masks and sanitisers.

Hacks to pick the right internship and translate it into a job
Sat, May 02, 2020

From how to pick the right internship to what are your rights as an intern? Is it wise to do more than one internship? Are there options other than this? All your queries related to job-alternatives answered here

Teachers turning YouTube into education platform amid lockdown and how you can do it too
Sun, Apr 26, 2020

What was considered an entertainment platform has now turned out to be an education-first platform for teachers and students, especially in areas with connectivity issues.

Lack of regional language content, infrastructure: Online education double trouble for hinterlands
Mon, May 04, 2020

The staff at local government schools with the help of NGOs, distributes worksheets to as many doorsteps as they can. Sometimes the announcements are made on a loudspeaker and students while sitting in their respective homes are made to note down the instructions, informed a student.