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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Krishna Kumar

The writer, professor of education at University of Delhi, was director of  NCERT from 2004 to 2010

NEP’s regulatory architecture is too monolithic for higher education in a diverse country
Sat, Jan 02, 2021

The National Education Policy (NEP 2020) announced a few months ago, too, has endorsed the idea by providing for a common single regulator for the entire higher education system, with the exception of medical and law education.

In the dark at Hathras: Would it have made a difference if the girl had not been forced to drop out of school?
Sat, Oct 31, 2020

Would it have made any difference to the young Dalit girl had she not been forced to drop out of school? We cannot say, for such is the state of information about education in UP.

The role of technology in education speaks of a transfer of a moral function, and an abdication
Fri, Sep 18, 2020

The newly announced policy in education underlines the role of digital resources in these spheres. It says that the apex regulatory body in higher education will “use technology to reduce human interface to ensure efficiency and transparency”.

Rice and digital learning: The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted children’s lives
Sat, Jul 11, 2020

The 15 children of Bihar whose parents will now get rice and money to feed them will soon learn the magic of rote learning when they hit the truncated Grade I online syllabus.

New pedagogic edifice that Hari Vasudevan helped shape will endure
Thu, May 14, 2020

His interest in people is rare in our ethos now. So was his acute awareness of the past, of how it impinges on life today across the world.

They carry on with their duties, no matter what crisis engulfs the world
Fri, Apr 24, 2020

Anyone who sees people in pain and discomfort on a daily basis cannot avoid the feeling that he or she is carrying a burden. The range of human misery a doctor encounters daily and attempts to address by choosing appropriate remedies is vast and therefore, stressful.

Gandhi’s philosophy remains relevant in resilience, imagination of young India
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

In circumstances when faith in values is facing repeated blows, it helps to remember and study Gandhi. Indeed, it is hard not to miss Gandhi these days, as a source of solace and the energy to maintain one’s faith in values.

The primary teacher who uses the child’s language has a great advantage
Thu, Nov 21, 2019

Without exception, all policy documents favour the mother tongue as the best medium of education, especially in the early grades.

Bhavkhedi: Absence of remorse disturbing sign of indifference to violence against Dalits
Wed, Oct 09, 2019

Remorse and guilt are important emotional resources available to a society or a nation for recovery after going through a trauma. In the case of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes, public recognition of their trauma is rarely granted.

The girl from Barabanki
Fri, Aug 16, 2019

The Barabanki girl conveys the spontaneous confidence that only the very young can feel in a complex political situation. Her truth-telling recalls Gandhi’s scepticism about the state’s ability to protect democracy.

Once upon a stage called Delhi
Wed, Jul 10, 2019

In the 1970s, theatre in the city helped define a wider political imagination. Now, the young must accomplish that task without the aid of the likes of Girish Karnad and Habib Tanvir.

Divide and rule is the winning ideology this election, only we call it polarisation
Sat, May 18, 2019

Divide and rule might have served as a strategy during certain phases of colonial rule, but it did not work in every case. Its contemporary use demonstrates the persistence of the temptation that India’s colonial rulers had felt during their stay.

Education is important for development, but it doesn’t become an election issue
Fri, Mar 15, 2019

The gains of education are long-term and call for sustained efforts. Outcomes are often illegible to the electorate and too complex for political parties to take credit for them.

Schools without a difference
Fri, Jan 25, 2019

Navodaya Vidyalayas exemplify a government initiative that has lost its purpose.

How to name it
Wed, Dec 05, 2018

More than a sense of power has fuelled the urge to rename places like Allahabad, Faizabad and Mughalsarai. It is also the impulse to erase a part of heritage.

Failing the girl students
Tue, Oct 23, 2018

The Supaul incident highlights the decline of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya — an education scheme that has waited in vain for a long-term policy to guide its progress.

When a language’s silence speaks
Thu, Sep 20, 2018

The absence of a word for activism in Hindi points to an unspoken resistance — of the distance between privilege and populism, society and state

The curriculum taboo
Sat, Jul 07, 2018

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions desist from engaging with caste in the false hope that education will remove the social inequality.

Girl On The Cover
Wed, May 30, 2018

Why a photo of a Pakistani girl on a booklet in Bihar need not embarrass officials

No room for questions
Tue, May 15, 2018

When spiritual leaders fall from grace, schools founded by them lack the acumen, ability to help students come to terms with the situation.

Should we have defended Sanjay Leela Bhansali?
Thu, Feb 15, 2018

Liberals must question themselves. There is nothing liberal about portraying women jumping into fire in a manner that doesn’t cause revulsion.

No CCTV, please
Sat, Jan 27, 2018

Cameras in classroom is the wrong answer. We lose all chances of reform if we isolate and pillory the teacher

A Gentle Learning Curve
Sat, Nov 25, 2017

Crucial points ring out about the old debate between traditional and modern knowledge systems. But none resonate a solution

In Delhi’s air, a political crisis
Wed, Nov 22, 2017

The city will need to be reinvented, which calls for identifying people who care for its future and who don’t mind carrying on with duties of despair

Gone girl
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

SC verdict on child marriage makes a break with cultural norms. Now, back it with policy to restore childhoods