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Education

Oxford scorned

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
It is something unprecedented in the five decade history of the Oxford University. A 19-year-old has sent a mocking rejection letter to the University after an interview for a spot there. Elly Nowell, who had been interviewed to study jurisprudence at the university’s Magdalen College, turned down the university before it could offer her a place or reject her.

Innovative administrator

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
I first met R Gopalakrishnan when he was the district collector of Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh. This was in the 1980s when India was in the throes of a crippling drought. Jhabua looked like a moonscape—nothing but arid and thirsty land and desperate people. Anil Agarwal had gone there for a meeting of tribal groups, fighting for their rights over forestland. I had accompanied him.

A tab on wishlist

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2012
When Sangeet Srivastava laid his hands on the Ubislate 7 tablet, he was sorely disappointed. The second year student at the National School of Drama in New Delhi was swayed by the initial frenzy in the wake of the launch of the world’s cheapest tablet last year. Ubislate 7 is the alter ego of Aakash tablet, the brainchild of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Lab on the lap

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
CELEBRATED English philosopher George Henry Lewes once said that science is the “systematic classification of experience”. Students gain scientific experience through experiments. But not all get the chance to conduct experiments.

Letters - July 31, 2012

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2012
Backdoor trade The write-up, “Death on mounds of a bumper crop” (July 1-15, 2012), is a realistic analysis of farmers’ woes in the Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh. I have quit my corporate life to start farming. When I reached Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh in May, I saw many people making temporary shelters on their tractors or heaps of wheat and waiting outside procurement centres.

The name game

Issue Date: Jun 30, 2012
One of Nigeria’s best-known universities is embroiled in a row over its name. Students are protesting the renaming of University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University. Abiola, a politician who died in custody during military rule, is seen by many as a hero, but students say they should have been consulted first.

Who is a cartoon?

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012
It was a show of strength from the media and academia. At Delhi’s press club journalists Rajdeep Sardesai, Paranjoy Guha Thakurtha, political scientist Yogendra Yadav, publisher Chiki Sarkar and activist Madhu Kishwar took potshots at the government for expunging a cartoon from political science textbooks.

Children once again

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2012

Germany opts for the smart card

Why would Germany, the developed country that it is, come to India looking for solutions to deliver its educational subsidies?

Letters - April 30, 2012

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2012
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