How India’s ed-tech sector can grow and the challenges it must overcome

The Indian education system is often the subject of debate over outdated curriculum, rote learning, rising cost, poor quality of teachers and lack of infrastructure. On the positive side, our country boasts of world-class institutes such as the Indian Institutes of Management, Indian Institutes of Technology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University. We are also one of the largest and oldest education systems in the world. Formal education in India is still based on a traditional model or brick-and-mortar classes. Students have to attend schools and…

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Social work education is in crisis – we must act urgently

We need to talk about social work education. Indeed, we need two conversations. One is urgent and must be held and concluded now. The other should start quickly, but be given time. The first is about the imminent threat to university social work students and to social work education. It is only weeks before the new intake of students should be arriving but, for the second year running, the government has not yet announced what bursaries will be available for those studying social work from September. Not only is this disrespectful and…

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Why Uttarakhand must not use English for teaching in govt schools

For a child, the school acts like a bridge connecting the home and the world. In this transitional crossing of environments, research and study have consistently highlighted the key role played by the mother tongue. That, when instructed in the mother tongue or home language, children perform better in subject-based learning. So, adopting English as the medium of instruction for early-age learners (from Class 1) in schools, like the proposed plan for government institutions in Uttarakhand, looks problematic. Education begins at home with the home language and gets conditioned by…

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6 Dishes from Udupi Every South Indian Food Lover Must Try

If there’s one Indian dish that can give Butter Chicken a serious run in terms of International presence, it’s the Masala Dosa. I’ve stumbled upon multiple versions of this crispy dosa slathered with a potato filling (known as palya in Karnataka) from Denver to Melbourne. The Masala Dosa is one of the most ordered dishes in restaurants in Chennai, Bengaluru and other parts of South India but many foodies agree that the origins of this dish point in one direction. Udupi might be a tiny town north of Mangaluru but Udupi and neighbouring towns like Kundapura are a haven…

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Bagel, the Doughnut Look-Alike That Every Bread Lover Must Try

We’ve all heard of flaky French Croissants and the flavourful Italian Focaccia breads, but did you know about the humble Polish Bagel? The word ‘bagel’ is originally combined from the terms ‘beigel’ in 20th century English, Polish ‘bajgiel’, and ‘beygel’ from the Yiddish dialect. This golden-brown bread is hard in the first bite, yet delightfully soft from the inside. Their crispy exterior gives way to a densely layered, chewy bread interior that is baked to perfection. However, they are processed through a unique method, unlike other bakery items. The yeasted wheat or dough is kneaded to form a…

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