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In the name of efficiency, NEP disregards children’s right to playgrounds -Srujana Bej

-The Indian Express The NEP’s assault on playgrounds deprives children, particularly those belonging to lower castes and the urban poor, of their right to play in safe and adequate spaces. Children, especially in urban areas, are disenfranchised from equitable spatial resources, despite being equal members of society. The access to playgrounds, the only lands allotted for children’s needs, depends on class and caste privileges. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory...

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1,200 faculty in rural engineering colleges will lose jobs by month-end -Priscilla Jebaraj

-The Hindu “What is government talking about NEP when it cannot sustain gains of an existing project?” A World Bank funded project to take graduates from elite institutions to rural and remote engineering colleges in poorer States is coming to an end in March, leaving more than 1,200 assistant professors out of a job and some rural colleges bereft of half their faculty. The Centre is preparing its own MERITE project with...

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Amid online classes, schools devise digital detox routine -Tanu Kulkarni

-The Hindu Bengaluru schools are working with teachers and parents to help students overcome screen fatigue The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not only upended the way we socialise or interact with each other, but has also altered the learning patterns of lakhs of students with online classes becoming the norm. For the last nine months, students in private schools have been glued to their screens for hours on end where otherwise they would...

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The importance of caste census and its political implications -Chetan Chauhan

-Hindustan Times There have been growing demands for a caste census with the general census in 2022 since Justice G Rohini-led commission submitted a draft proposal recommending a sub-categorisation of the reservation for the OBC There have been growing demands for a caste census with the general census in 2022 since Justice G Rohini-led commission submitted a draft proposal recommending a sub-categorisation of the reservation for the Other Backward Classes (OBC). The...

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India’s pandemic generation: 375 million children will suffer poor health, educational losses, says Centre for Science and Environment study

-The Hindu The pandemic also has its hidden victims — over 500 million children forced out of school globally and India accounted for more than half of them. The country is all set to usher in a ‘pandemic generation’, with 375 million children (from newborns to 14-year-olds) likely to suffer long-lasting impacts, ranging from being underweight, stunting and increased child mortality, to losses in education and work productivity, according to the State...

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