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Move to raise women’s age of marriage reflects punitive paternalism -Sunny Jose

-The Indian Express The proposed policy, instead of addressing the causes and consequences of under-age marriages, may instead produce adverse, suboptimal outcomes affecting the poor and marginalised the most. Should women’s legal age for marriage be raised? The answer to this seemingly simple question is not so simple, because the question is not simply about replacing age 18 with 21. Rather, it deals with the social origins of a “problem” not easily...

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India’s descent into stepwells of growth -Kaushik Basu * Poor handling of the pandemic threatens to derail our competitive advantage in the global economy * India’s economy is well-positioned in IT and outsourcing; health and pharma; and higher education and research, which are sectors expected to be leading drivers of global growth NEW YORK: India’s economy is in a downward spiral. The Economist Intelligence Unit just lowered the forecast for India’s growth in the coming year from -5.8% to -8.5%....

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Academic Freedom In India: A Status Report, 2020 -Nandini Sundar and Gowhar Fazili

-The India Forum Nandini Sundar teaches at Delhi University. Gowhar Fazili teaches at Ambedkar University Delhi. Academic freedom is about the right to study, teach and research a diversity of viewpoints. Yet, this right that is so crucial for the pursuit of knowledge has seen widespread attacks in colleges and universities across India. The New education Policy (NEP) 2020 claims it is based on principles that include creativity and critical thinking, constitutional values,...

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Delhi: Teacher Selected for National Award Awaits Last 2 Months’ Salaries -Ronak Chhabra “Timely salary payments for our labour is not merely a demand, but a right of the employees. It is outrageous to not clear the dues on time,” said the 47-year old Surendra Singh, a primary teacher at an NDMC-run school in Delhi. A primary teacher at a North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) run schools, who is to be accorded with the annual national teachers’ award later this year, is among the...

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No Internet, school comes home in rural Sikkim -Esha Roy

-The Indian Express While the Sikkim government has launched the Sikkim Edutech App to help students from Class 9-12 cope with the learning loss, it's the junior students and those in far flung areas who were left with little support. Sometime in April, with Covid forcing schools shut, Indra Mukhi Chhetri, a maths and science teacher in a rural area of South Sikkim district, began worrying about her students. While schools were...

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