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UN agencies flag online education pitfalls -Basant Kumar Mohanty

-The Telegraph Unesco and Unicef advisories carry a huge significance for India, where the lockdown has triggered efforts to promote online teaching from primary school to universities New Delhi: Two UN agencies have warned against any large-scale shift towards online education, saying it would deepen socio-economic inequalities and warning that virtual platforms can leave children vulnerable to sexual exploitation. The Unesco and Unicef advisories carry a huge significance for India, where the lockdown...

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India's slashed education spending should alarm all -Bharat Dogra

-Newsclick.in The latest education budget needs condemnation but got kudos. In recent times there has been growing discontent in universities and colleges over rising fees and cost of education. The growing worries about access to Higher Education for students of modest means extend beyond this, to the steady privatisation of Higher Education. Already, according to the government’s own data, nearly 77% of the colleges, accounting for about two-thirds of the students, are...

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For a system of free Higher Education -Prabhat Patnaik

-Macroscan.org/ Frontline.in To develop "organic intellectuals" of a free India, Higher Education needs to be made completely free. But unless the tendency to appease the rich in the name of growth and to commoditise education are overcome, this seems like a distant dream. Please click here to access. ...

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27 students across 10 IITs ended their lives in five years: RTI

-The Indian Express As per the data provided by the Ministry of Human Resource and Development, IIT Madras tops the list with suicides by seven students during this period. Twenty seven students across 10 Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in the country have committed suicide in the last five years, reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed. As per the data provided by the Department of Higher Education working...

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Not just JNU: How India's public universities becoming costlier hurts the most vulnerable -Aranya Shankar, Dipti Nagpaul & Ankita Dwivedi Johri

-The Indian Express The inequality in India’s education system gets a shot at redemption in the country’s public universities, which give students from different backgrounds a window to a more democratic future. As proposals of fee hike meet with protests, a look at how access to subsidised Higher Education has fuelled dreams and opened up opportunities for the disadvantaged Till three years ago, it was life as usual for Suraj Tiwari....

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