Education

PARLIAMENTARY PANEL ON EDUCATION SAYS “CURRICULUM MUST INCLUDE ANCIENT WISDOM AND TEACHINGS FROM THE VEDAS”

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports submitted its report on reforms in the content and design of school textbooks to the Rajya Sabha on 30 November 2021. The panel has arrived at findings and submissions after having held consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, including the State and Central institutions, responsible for drafting textbooks and curricula, as well as education experts and civil society representatives.... Read more

‘YOU CANNOT LEAVE HIM IN A LURCH’: SC PROTECTS SC STUDENT WHO WAS DENIED IIT SEAT

In a landmark order, the Supreme Court of India has gone beyond its power to deliver justice to a student who belongs to the Scheduled Castes community who was denied a seat in IIT Bombay due to an error in the payment for the fee.... Read more

CASTEISM IN ACADEMIA: DEEPA MOHANAN ENDS HUNGER STRIKE AFTER ALL DEMANDS MET

Deepa Mohanan, the Dalit PhD scholar who was on an indefinite hunger strike in Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam has ended her protest as all her demands have been met. On November 8th, her fight came to an end as the Director of her Centre Nandakumar Kalarickal was removed from his post.... Read more

KERALA GOVERNMENT FINALLY INTERVENES IN DALIT RESEARCHER’S INDEFINITE STRIKE FOR JUSTICE

Deepa Mohanan, a Dalit researcher at Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam Kerala who has been staging a hunger strike outside the gates of the campus has finally heard the state government regarding the issue.... Read more

NASA TO LAUNCH LUCY SPACECRAFT TO STUDY ASTEROIDS

NASA has announced that it is set to launch its latest spacecraft mission which will be used to study asteroids. The Lucy spacecraft is set to lift off on 16 October at 2:34 am Pacific time. The spacecraft will be travelling to the outer solar system during the course of a 12-year mission and it will explore asteroids, known as Trojan asteroids.... Read more

NOBEL PRIZE FOR ECONOMICS GOES TO THREE US BASED ECONOMISTS

The Nobel committee has awarded three American economists with the Nobel Prize for Economics of 2021. The economists were given the prestigious award for reshaping empirical research in the fields of economics. David Card of University of California at Berkeley was awarded one half of the prize, while the other half was shared between Joshua Angrist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Guido Imbens from Stanford University.... Read more

DELHI UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR CALLS HIGHER NUMBER IN ADMISSIONS OF KERALITE STUDENTS ‘MARKS JIHAD’

A professor from Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College has caught himself up in a stir by stating that the influx of students from Kerala boards is ‘Marks Jihad’. The statement has been made in a social media post in which he says that the higher percentage of marks for students applying from Kerala is an abuse of power.... Read more

NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY FOR BENJAMIN LIST AND DAVID MACMILLAN

The 2021 Nobel Prize for Chemistry were announced on Wednesday to two scientists, Benjamin List and David MacMillan. Similar to last years win, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer S Doudna, this year too, the prize for chemistry was shared among two.... Read more

SYUKURO MANABE, A US-JAPANESE SCIENTIST, KLAUS HESSELMANN OF GERMANY AND GIORGIO PARISI OF ITALY HAS WON THE NOBEL PRIZE FOR PHYSICS FOR THEIR CLIMATE MODEL AND UNDERSTANDING PHYSICAL SYSTEMS

Syukuro Manabe, a US-Japanese scientist, Klaus Hesselmann of Germany and Giorgio Parisi of Italy has won the Nobel prize for physics for their climate model and understanding physical systems. This is the first time the Nobel committee has announced its first Nobel prize for Climate Science this time. Dr. Manabe (90) will be sharing one half of the prize with his counterpart Dr. Hesselmann (89) and Dr. Parisi (73) will be sharing the other half on his interplay of disorder and fluctuations in physical systems.... Read more

KERALA ASSEMBLY; UDF WALKS OUT OVER PLUS ONE ADMISSION SHORTAGE

The main Opposition in the Kerala Assembly, the United Democratic Front walked out on Monday from the assembly pointing to the “failure” of the LDF government to ensure adequate number of seats for SSLC pass outs for Plus One.... Read more

CRITICAL THINKING IN A CLIMATE OF HINDUTVA

Kannur University in Kerala has decided to retain the works of M S Golwalker (A Bunch of Thoughts) and V D Savarkar (Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?) for their post-graduation course being offered, titled Governance and Politics. A controversy had erupted after the syllabus for the course was revealed - critics expressed their concern that teaching right-wing, Hindutva ideologues in today’s day and age can result in backfiring. ... Read more

PM MODI LAUNCHES AYUSHMAN BHARAT DIGITAL MISSION

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission on Monday via video conference. He said the mission will bring “revolutionary change in India’s health facilities”.... Read more

CRISES AND HEALING: NEW LESSONS IN THE WAKE OF A POST CAPITALIST WORLD

"When we bring our fights to the watering hole of grief, our political systems, natural environment, economic frameworks, civil society and culture all become living, breathing memorials to what we have lost. What we have lost becomes found, witnessed, honored. In this way, all social justice and human rights work is a collective act of gloried mourning. To have a movement that breathes, you must build a movement with the capacity to grieve."... Read more

TAMIL NADU GOVERNMENT TO WAIVE FEES FOR STUDENTS UNDER 7.5% QUOTA

The DMK government in Tamil Nadu has decided to bear the fee cost of students admitted under the 7.5% quota, Chief Minister M K Stalin announced on Monday. The quota has been implemented in engineering colleges, and would benefit up to 10,000 students who come from from socially and financially backgrounds... Read more

Sikkim to open colleges and higher educational institutions

The state government of Sikkim has ordered all colleges and higher education institutions to reopen by September 14th, Thursday. A circular from the education department issued by the additional chief secretary G P Upadhyaya... Read more

“GOI is blind to students’ distress”: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tweeted that the government of India was ‘blind’ to students distress as NEET exams are nearby. This comes after the supreme court refused to interfere in the rescheduling of the exam and stated it was ‘very unfair’.... Read more

NAME CHANGES TO EDITS IN NOTES: REWRITING HISTORY

On being simply notified by a twitter user and an RSS ideologue, Ratan Sharda, the Ministry of Culture has removed a certain paragraph about the Mughal Empire from the KnowIndia website. Though being an uncertain, barely noticeable incident... Read more