Bag to the Future?

Nandini Nayar Sometime in June, when most schools reopen for the new academic year, you will spot at least a couple of photographs in the newspaper of small children bowed down under the weight of their enormous school bags. Accompanied Read More …

One for All, All for One

Manju Gupta
Many of us bemoan the fact that education has become too fiercely competitive, that the process of learning receives less attention than the product that we are contributing to a cut-throat culture where achievement means everything and understanding almost nothing.

Two Decades on…

Twenty years later… what can one say about a struggling magazine in search of a readership except thank you, to those who believed in us at the start, to those who continue to believe in us, and to those who, Read More …

Get the numbers right

It’s summer again, with everything it brings – the heat, the dust, the mangoes, sugarcane juice… and best of all, holidays! But it is also a time of preparation, of cleaning out the old cupboards and readying them for new Read More …

Curbing groupism beyond limits

Among all the mixed messages and information overload we are subjected to every day in the news, one thing stands out for me this month: a young medical student’s death by ragging. While recognizing that what we read or see Read More …

Making every child count

After having sat up to watch the Oscars and celebrated A R Rahman’s recognition on a global platform, one is struck by the whole phenomenon of appreciation and validation. To receive, and even expect this for technical and creative excellence, Read More …

A hard look at soft skills

I am at a conference; people are milling around the coffee service station, lines forming and unforming at an alarming rate, some brash young upcoming professionals elbowing out older, gentler stalwarts. People are huddled in important-looking clusters and others stand Read More …

Time for clean talk!

December is a month of special days, and we are not just talking about the Christmas holidays! There is World AIDS Day, World Disability Day, World Human Rights Day, World Anti-Corruption Day, and so on. On World Human Rights Day, Read More …

Re-think, revise, reform

From time to time, the nation – and the media – focus on school education, debating such issues as the size of school bags, the dearth of teachers, the lack of infrastructure, and the woeful limits of the reach of Read More …

Staying Fresh

As the heat bears down on me my mind fixes on an image; a fi gure reclining in a chair, dressed in cool white, one arm resting across the back of the chair while the other holds a book. A Read More …