Dipin Damodharan is the Founding Editor of Future Kerala, a Malayalam-language daily newspaper with a special emphasis on economic and business news. He was earlier the Editorial Head of DC Media, the magazine and new media arm of India’s book publishing giant DC Books. Dipin’s pieces on education, politics, business, economy, and culture have appeared in publications in India, the US, the UK, Nepal, Brazil, and the Middle East. Follow him on Twitter @dipinbharath
The world we see is moulded by our perceptions. The third edition of India's only biennale is all about these multiple understandings of the world. At a time of political upheaval and glaring inequiti...
Learning app Byju's recently made headlines when Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg announced that his personal fund, the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, would be investing in the ed-tech st...
The idea of development is not just about GDP statistics, startup revolution or corporate tax, but also about the openness of the people living in a society. The anti-women remarks of a monk named Tar...
Many commentators are hopeful that Paul Romer will help usher in a new era for the global economy. Known for his work on the endogenous growth theory, he has demonstrated a deep interest in tackling poverty and inequality by giving more importance to investments in human capital, innovation, and knowledge. But, what thrills me most of all is his brilliant idea of “Charter Cities”.
Alternative education thinkers strongly believe that the core approach of education must have goals beyond lucrative careers and professional success – these should be mere by-products of a deeper understanding of the world in all its multitudinous aspects.
Desperation for profit can manifest itself in many ways. It can bring the best out of enterprises but it can also lead to them plumbing some real lows for lucre -- such as exploiting children and risking their wellbeing and future for cheap labour. The menace of child labour is rampant in global supply chains, and that's what was chosen as the theme for the World Day Against Child Labour, observed on 12 June.
The statistics are sombre, heart-breaking. Two out of three missing children in India remain untraced in a period of three years, the wait for them an excruciating see-saw between agony and hope for those who love them. On the occasion of International Missing Children's Day on 25 May, Child Rights And You (CRY) compiled these sobering statistics in a report that also noted that the number of untraced children has witnessed a sharp increase in the country.
In the first week of April, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) released "India Rankings 2016", the first-ever effort by the government to rank and assess higher education institutions in the country. But what does this kind of a ranking mean to one of the nation's foremost scientists? For Bharat Ratna C N R Rao, the first-ever government ranking is not an antidote to the quality issues in higher education.
Founded in 1979, CRY (Child Rights and You) has been active as a pressure group to restore children's rights in the country. In an interview with Dipin Damodharan, its chief executive officer Puja Marwaha speaks on the proposed amendments to the Child Labour Act as well as concerns that marginalized children remain at the bottom of the government's priority list.
I recently visited a primary school in Tirur, Malappuram district, Kerala. The language of instruction was English. The teacher had great enthusiasm, but the children didn't quite share it and seemed to be restless and distracted. To get to the bottom of this, I decided to have an informal chat with one of the students, Atul. When I asked him what he had learned in class, he was stumped. He didn't know what the teacher was even talking about.
There was plenty of good news for the education sector as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unveiled the third Budget of the Narendra Modi government on 29 February. Education experts say the budget has laid out a good roadmap for the future of education and skill development.
What is the role of the arts in moulding a person? The question assumes great significance today in the backdrop of a culture - including in India -- in which arts are seen as unimportant, perhaps even a waste of time, as compared to 'strategic' subjects. This trend has raised the hackles of education experts across the world, who argue that arts can indeed contribute tremendously to the overall development of a student and should not be ignored at any cost.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani should take bold initiatives to create a better university-based research ecosystem that can produce and retain exceptional researchers. For that, she needs to harness the power of promoting R&D in universities through multiple channels, which should include the active participation of the corporate world. The example of Korea underscores that focusing more on R&D intensity could accelerate the economic growth of the country.
Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is a leading online learning destination and massive open online course (MOOC) provider. In an exclusive interview with Dipin Damodharan, its chief executive officer Anant Agarwal speaks on online education and blended learning, the future of MOOCs and the current landscape of e-learning in India.
The gender of teachers in schools can influence the success of the "Education for All" movement, particularly in the context of girls' education in developing countries. That's what a recent report compiled by UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFAGMR) says.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interact with eminent pro-Jewish writer Dr Phyllis Chesler. Obviously, the crux of the discussion was India's positive new approach towards Israel, a contrast to the previous Congress-led government, which because of its "secular" credentials, had strong reservations about the "Promised Land".
Students with higher emotional intelligence are better prepared to manage their emotional lives, so that they can focus, learn and do their best in school. In emotionally intelligent schools, children learn to manage feelings of anger, disappointment or shame that might otherwise push them to hurt one another. They learn how to be more empathic and build positive relationships.
The subject of an elite university for students of science arose in an energetic conversation I had with celebrated Indian theoretical physicist Thanu Padmanabhan. There must be a stream which is made available for a tiny fraction of elite students selected very rigorously on a nationwide basis, and they have to be mentored and trained right from day one. "If you can do that, you'll have Nobel Prize winners among them 30 years later," predicted Padmanabhan.
In an interview with Dipin Damodharan, "literary popstar" Amish Tripathi, the author of the best-selling Shiva trilogy and the Scion of Ikshvaku speaks on several issues, ranging from the importance of gender equality and women in the Vedas to Lord Ram and atheism.