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Shobhit Mahajan

The writer is professor of physics and astrophysics, University of Delhi

The country is paying for the government’s unscientific attitudes
Wed, May 19, 2021

Lack of scientific temper – indeed, a definite anti-science attitude -- might sound funny, even innocuous. But this has disastrous consequences, some of which we are witnessing currently.

NASA’s Perseverance is a step in humanity’s pursuit of understanding cosmos and our place in it
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

Finding life at another place in the universe might just make us a little more humble when it comes to treating Nature as our exclusive domain.

CBSE must rethink its evaluation approach and have a system which encourages actual learning
Thu, Jul 23, 2020

Inflating marks might make the parents, the students and the politicians feel good. But this race to the “top” is really a race to the bottom which will have long-term consequences.

Technological, social, pedagogical issues must be resolved for online teaching
Wed, Apr 29, 2020

In these unusual times, when nouns like “Zoom” have morphed into verbs and “online teaching and assessment” seems to be the flavour with education bureaucrats, it is important to realise the implications of this radical shift.

You can’t shop for teachers
Thu, Sep 26, 2019

Massive recruitment of teachers in Delhi University and focus on world rankings are myopic moves that are symptomatic of a larger crisis in higher education

The moon and us
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

It may have lost a bit of its mystique for the poet, but it continues to entice and challenge the scientist.

Poor infrastructure — not outdated syllabi — is what ails Indian universities
Wed, Jul 27, 2016

The issue of the syllabus thus proves to be a red herring — the problem, or rather the problems, lie elsewhere.

Things to DU
Sat, Feb 20, 2016

New VC must bring an academic and administrative overhaul

Higher education, higher meddling
Sat, Apr 04, 2015

No quick-fixes can help public universities if successive governments exercise power unbridled by reason.

Incredible Indians
Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Fantastic claims about ancient science have raised no collective protest from scientists

Dog days in Dilli
Tue, Jul 19, 2005

If there is anything which distinguishes the city of Delhi from other metropolises, it is the power of the name. When bulldozers come to dem...

The Deep Impact of Deep Impact
Sun, Jul 10, 2005

The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest written story on earth. It comes to us from ancient Sumeria, and was originally inscribed on 12 clay tab...

Those demented lines of lassitude
Thu, Apr 21, 2005

A big, blue board informs us that this is a ‘Restricted Area’. The three sentries behind the sandbags, totting carbines and other...

It’s just wheel power
Fri, Feb 20, 2004

When our son was very young his favourite pastime was to name the different kinds of cars that he saw on the road. At that time, I used to w...

So many degrees of superstition
Tue, Oct 07, 2003

A few days ago, newspapers carried a picture of the minister of state for human resource development, Dr Sanjay Paswan, with two cobras coil...

Same meters, different readings
Wed, Aug 20, 2003

Recently the Economist carried a news item regarding a town in Bolivia where the water supply had been handed over to an American company in...

But why are we like this only?
Tue, Jul 01, 2003

The other day I went to see a friend who was doing some research at the National Archives. The new building is really swank and we decided t...