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Why the PM’s New Research Fellowship Scheme Is an Utter Disaster

Why the PM’s New Research Fellowship Scheme Is an Utter Disaster The scheme does nothing for the research eco-system as a whole and makes no effort to ensure that there is no brain drain. Credit: Twitter/PIB India We have a crisis in hand. Not enough quality PhD students in STEM fields leading to poor quality… Read More »

Visva Bharati University in the Eye of Another Storm

Visva Bharati University in the Eye of Another StormPresident Kovind’s decision to renege on VC’s appointment is yet another instance of government meddling in educational institutions. Visva Bharati. Credit: University website President Ram Nath Kovind’s unprecedented decision to retract the appointment of Swapan Kumar Dutta as head of Santiniketan’s Visva Bharati University comes at a… Read More »

Protests Continue at TISS Over Cancellation of Aid for SC, ST, OBC Students

Protests Continue at TISS Over Cancellation of Aid for SC, ST, OBC StudentsWhile the issues around student aid have been raised for more than a year now, the last four days have seen large-scale protests at all TISS campuses. A board announcing the students’ decision to boycott classes and field work at TISS Mumbai. Credit:… Read More »

Papers of ‘Predatory’ Journals May Soon Be Available in Indian Languages

Papers of ‘Predatory’ Journals May Soon Be Available in Indian LanguagesThe OMICS Group, a “potential, possible or probable” predatory publisher, has signed an MoU with the Adityanath government to setup a centre to translate its papers into Indian languages. The OMICS Group was sued in September 2016 by the US Federal Trade Commission. Credit: Flickr (CC BY 2.0)… Read More »

Play Glorifying Gandhi Killer Godse Triggers Controversy at BHU

Play Glorifying Gandhi Killer Godse Triggers Controversy at BHUThe students objected to a play performed on campus justifying the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. The entrance of Banaras Hindu University. Credit: File photo New Delhi: Several students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) have written a letter to the police to complain against the organisers of the… Read More »

Exam Question Asks Students to Explain Why Satyapal Singh Was Wrong

Exam Question Asks Students to Explain Why Satyapal Singh Was WrongIt is to the credit of those who framed the question that they believed Singh’s comment was so wrong that calling it out was worth two marks only. Not looking pleased, minister? Credit: Wikimedia Commons At an examination conducted recently at the Indian Institute of… Read More »

To Grapple With Bihar’s Cheating Crisis, Students Asked to Leave Shoes Outside Exam Hall

To Grapple With Bihar’s Cheating Crisis, Students Asked to Leave Shoes Outside Exam HallBihar’s School Examination Board’s announcement comes at a time when it is under pressure to conduct exams without foul play in the wake of a spate of cheating incidents. Men scaling the walls of Vidya Niketan school in Vaishali, Bihar, in 2015,… Read More »

Rape Threat Rattles Teachers at Elite Gurgaon School

Rape Threat Rattles Teachers at Elite Gurgaon SchoolTeachers and parents are upset that the management at Pathways, Gurgaon have so far refused to act. Pathways School, Gurgaon. Credit: pathways.in New Delhi: Two separate incidents of students threatening  rape and propositioning teachers for sex have rattled parents and staff at Pathways, Gurgaon, considered among India’s elite… Read More »

Rajasthan Govt’s Odd Teacher Transfer Order for BJP Workers Earns the Ire of the Opposition

Rajasthan Govt’s Odd Teacher Transfer Order for BJP Workers Earns the Ire of the OppositionTeacher transfers are an extremely sensitive issue in Rajasthan. The BJP government’s move is being seen as a ploy to placate disgruntled party workers after the loss in the recent by-polls. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje spends time with students on… Read More »

Hindutva Politics in Command at DU, Complaints Mount of Dis(Orientation) of Teachers

Hindutva Politics in Command at DU, Complaints Mount of Dis(Orientation) of TeachersWith resource persons drawn from various front organisations of the RSS, the ‘training programme’ has become a vehicle to indoctrinate teachers who had assembled from around the country. Participants at an orientation course. RSS ideologue Govindacharya can be seen in the front row. Credit:… Read More »