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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: Admission in foreign universities likely to be tough in 2021
Fri, Feb 26, 2021

As a result of a higher number of applications, the acceptance letters can take a longer time than usual. Further, the top choices including MBAs, data science, finance courses etc will be the toughest to get into. Many experts believe that the hybrid model is likely to stay and can result in increased access to foreign education for lower-middle-class Indians.

‘MBAs not employable’: Academicians demand curriculum overhaul
Sat, Feb 27, 2021

The MBAs were once useful for the network they provided a student, but that is now available on the internet. Outdated curricula and limited emphasis on pedagogical training, especially in the tier-II management colleges is making many question the relevance of an MBA

Google rolls out India-specific features to aid remote education
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Stating that Google has seen how different users behave differently across the world, she said in India there has been a demand for regional language as well as a mobile-first approach in using tech-enabled tools was a big sector.

Covid lesson for teachers: How teaching-learning methods evolved during pandemic
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

Thousands of teachers across the country claim to have changed the way they teach. The pandemic and overnight shift of academics to online has led many to wonder about the role a teacher plays in the information age where all the information is available anytime and anywhere.

International Education Day: Engineering, diverse cultural experience attract foreign students to India
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

India is the favourite destination for students from Africa, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. As per the Education Ministry data, Nepal sends the most number of students to India. Some of the foreign nationals claim to have opted for engineering education also due to less popularity of other streams taught here.

Board Exam 2021: From CBSE to Maharashtra to BSEB – most boards opt for change in exam pattern
Sun, Jan 24, 2021

CBSE, MPBSE, UP, Maharashtra Board Exam 2021: Following the steps of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), most of the board exams this year will have MCQs as a considerable part of their exams. Further, the timelines for the boards has also been deferred in most cases.

Set up CAT corporation to hold multilingual exam, allow multiple attempts a year: IIM-Rohtak director
Mon, Jan 18, 2021

Any change including whether in future CAT can be held in regional languages will have to be discussed with all the parties concerned considering capacity and competence, and availability of faculty and staff at IIMs, and importantly, how well students of other states cope up etc. It should be a thought-through decision and any hasty decision may not be desirable, said IIM-Ahmedabad admission incharge.

NIT-Trichy graduate Susmitha cracks CAT 2020, says self-assessment is the key
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

What worked for Sushmitha in CAT 2020 was her focused attempts. "DLR was my weak point in 2019. So I had enrolled in online courses dedicated to the section. I had not only enrolled in the mock test series for the entire test but also attempted sectional mocks which helped me improve my understanding of the concepts and analyse my mistakes," she said.

CAT 2020 topper: Meet Aaryan from Punjab’s small town who got 100 percentile in first attempt
Sat, Jan 16, 2021

For CAT it is more important to know which questions to leave than to know which ones to attempt. Since it's a PG level exam, the questions are not direct and there are many hidden traps, said the topper.

23-year-old overcomes disability to crack CAT 2020, aspires to become entrepreneur
Mon, Jan 04, 2021

Anand Rajkumar Mishra has notched up 99.92 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 despite spinal muscular atrophy.

Come 2021, AI-based tools will shortlist your resume
Fri, Jan 01, 2021

While some say that it would eliminate biases caused by human interference, others believe that holistic shortlisting of applications considering the social and economic background of a candidate might not be possible when a machine is running the processes.

Meet academicians behind most popular courses of 2020, each launched ahead of its time
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

The most popular course of 2020 was 'The science of wellbeing'. First introduced at Yale, the course became a hit this year with over 2.5 million enrolments across the world.

After a year of online teaching, is academia ready to make 2021 the year of online assessment?
Thu, Dec 31, 2020

After reluctance throughout 2020, academicians envision online assessment to be more popular in 2021. But not without developing infrastructure capacity and changing the patterns and objectives of exams

As CBSE pre-boards go online, cheating-free exams, writing practice for the finals key concerns
Tue, Dec 22, 2020

Lack of infrastructure and privacy issues have also created problems in ensuring surveillance while students attempt the exams from home.

Students with intellectual disability hit hard by Covid-19 lockdown
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

About 43 per cent of differently-abled students are planning to drop out of schools because of the difficulties they are facing in online education, as per reports. Considering the difficulties faced by differently-abled children during the lockdown, several alternative modes of learning are being developed by academicians and social entrepreneurs.

JEE toppers opt for Computer Science over Artificial Intelligence, here’s why
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

For institutes like IITs, IIMs, NITs, IIITs, and other centrally-funded institutes, online platforms come in handy in offering such courses. But many cite lack of trained faculty and curated courses as one of the main reasons behind much fewer courses than the demand.

CBSE Class 12 board exams to have more application-based questions
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

CBSE Board Class 12 Exam 2021: The National Education Policy (NEP) says there will be different ways to select students for college admission, if that happens, board exams eventually will be low-stake, and application base. This is a step in the same direction, said CBSE.

Students under EWS category beat odds to weave success stories at NEET, JEE
Thu, Dec 03, 2020

This was the first time when the EWS quota was introduced in both JEE and NEET - engineering and medical entrance exams and in both the exams, students from the underprivileged category have attained laurels. Here is the look at the top rank holders from the category.

Children’s Day: How innovations by school students are helping create a better world
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

This Children's day, here is a look at some of the noble initiatives taken by school-going students during the pandemic to solve the issues of those in-need.

Education Day: In their 30s, many take second shot at education, expand career option
Fri, Nov 13, 2020

While the online higher education space has been there for a long now, the pandemic and job distress seem to be expanding it further. The traditional definition of students being below the age group of 25 years is expanding as people in their 30s and above are rejoining academia, this could mean, not only a change in the workplaces and tougher competition for fresh graduates but also an overhaul of the online learning space.

From wrong city to under repair building as exam centre, CA students claim goof up; ICAI says ready for exams
Sat, Nov 21, 2020

A total of 4,71,619 students will be appearing for the CA exams starting from November 21 across 1,085 exam centers. ICAI claims that the maximum students appearing on any single day would be approximately 1,52,000 students and the average comes to 147 students per exam centre.

From vaccine economics to digital transformation: COVID-19 lessons part of B-school curriculum now
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

Apart from the economics of the pandemic, institutes are also teaching students to leverage technology as learning from COVID-19. Many institutes are overhauling their course delivery modules and going for hybrid mode for a longer period of time.

Indian students continue to fly abroad despite COVID; smaller, less-impacted countries get a boost
Wed, Nov 04, 2020

While traditional destinations like US, UK, Canada, and Australia are expecting a decline in the number of international applications this year, smaller countries have already received more Indian applicants. Campuses in New Zealand, Sweden, Israel etc have begun reopening for foreign students

GATE 2021 sees increase in non-engineers, women applicants
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

The youngest entry for the year is from a 15-year-old boy from Rajasthan and the eldest is an 88-year-old. The number of female applicants has also increased as IIT-Bombay goes inclusive with GATE 2021

Coding in school: Experts point to lack of proper curriculum, say move will widen digital divide
Sun, Oct 18, 2020

Coding classes are currently limited to people with a laptop, internet connection, and paying capacity. Further, very little content is available in the field which is suitable for children and apt from the Indian context.