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Kerala Digital University: Towards digital excellence

Kerala Digital University: Towards digital excellence

February 26, 2021

The first digital university in India seems like a huge step towards digital education in India. While the university looks promising for sure, quality digital education still has a long way to go.

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Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

Islamogauchisme: French education minister fans Islamophobia

February 26, 2021

At first appearance, the drama could very well be playing out in India’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Ruling party members and none less than the education minister accuses campuses across the nation, especially the most prestigious ones, of being ‘infested’ by schola...

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Low budgets & no imagination: Lifeless Indian animation films

Low budgets & no imagination: Lifeless Indian animation films

February 25, 2021

Much of the painstakingly detailed animation for the global-hit Disney film The Jungle Book (2016) was done in the Bengaluru offices of the Soho-headquartered Moving Picture Company. The film won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 2017. A lot of the advanced computer graphics...

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Pink Shirt Day: Battling bullying

Pink Shirt Day: Battling bullying

February 23, 2021

Twelve-year-old Radha was often patronised by her seniors in the convent school for being a quota student and also manhandled by them. Her worst nightmare turned real when she was cornered in the school bathroom and bullied for being poor and unhygienic. She and her family were c...

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Swati Mohan: From Star Trek to mission Mars

Swati Mohan: From Star Trek to mission Mars

February 22, 2021

As NASA’s Perseverance rover landed on Mars on February 18, after seven months in space, it was Indian-American scientist Swati Mohan who confirmed the mission’s success. “Touchdown confirmed! Perseverance is safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs o...

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Pretty & plucky but not ‘plus size’ models

Pretty & plucky but not ‘plus size’ models

February 19, 2021

“What does it even mean when you say plus size? What is ‘plus’ here? Is there a ‘minus’ too? What is the neutral size model? Is there a need to use such terms,” asks 32-year-old Niharika Achalkar, a Delhi-based model and Instagram influencer. “People laughed at me t...

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Supreme Court ruling upsets Shaheen Bagh protestors

Supreme Court ruling upsets Shaheen Bagh protestors

February 18, 2021

“The right to protest cannot be any time and everywhere. There may be some spontaneous protests but in case of prolonged dissent or protest, there cannot be continued occupation of public place affecting rights of others,” a three-judge Bench led by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul...

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Loi Separatisme: French society sharply divided over controversial law passed by National Assembly

Loi Separatisme: French society sharply divided over controversial law passed by National Assembly

February 18, 2021

With a comfortable majority, 351 votings for, 151 against and 65 absentees, Loi Separatisme, one of the most controversial laws to have been proposed by the French government in years was passed by the Assemblée Nationale in a vote on Tuesday (February 16th) night. The bill will...

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A Sufi Basant at Nizamuddin Dargah

A Sufi Basant at Nizamuddin Dargah

February 17, 2021

    After a rather cold and often bleak winter, the very idea of a festival marking the onset of spring is uplifting, but when it also brings with it the fragrance of a syncretic culture, it becomes incomparable. Such is the annual celebration of Basant Panchami at the ...

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Dubbing artists: Forgotten voices of Indian cinema

Dubbing artists: Forgotten voices of Indian cinema

February 17, 2021

“Anthena? Inkem kavali? Veelaithe nalugu maatalu. Kudirithe cup coffee?” (in Tamil) means “That’s it? What else do you want? A small chat if possible? A cup of coffee if feasible?” This dialogue from Telugu film Bommarillu, director Bhaskar’s 2006 blockbuster, was an...

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Saraswati Puja amid pandemic

Saraswati Puja amid pandemic

February 16, 2021

“The Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami is extra special this year. As this festival is dedicated to the goddess Saraswati, it is also considered an auspicious day for the inauguration of academic institutes and teaching toddlers their first academic lessons. It is really happen...

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Education: Budget 2021 fails the exam again

Education: Budget 2021 fails the exam again

February 16, 2021

Right from the time that the ill-advised and horribly implemented lockdown to tackle Covid19 pandemic was imposed in late March 2020, students from lower middle class and poor families have been paying a heavy price as various reports indicate. A recent study done by British char...

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