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Dipin Damodharan

Editorial Head, Future Kerala

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

Will Paul Romer's Bold Ideas Save The Global Economy?

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”.
23/07/2016 11:03 AM IST

Why Teachers Should Embrace The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences

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.
12/07/2016 3:22 PM IST

1.4 Million Child Labourers In India Can't Even Write Their Name

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.
16/06/2016 11:35 AM IST

180 Children Go Missing In India Every Day. Most May Never Be Found

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.
25/05/2016 5:57 PM IST
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India University Rankings Serve Little Academic Purpose: C N R Rao

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.
11/05/2016 8:23 AM IST
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INTERVIEW: Children Are De-Prioritized Because They Cannot Vote, Says CEO Of CRY

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 <strong>Dipin Damodharan</strong>, 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.
06/05/2016 8:27 AM IST
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Why It's Better For Kids To Be Schooled In Their Mother Tongue

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.
16/04/2016 8:13 AM IST
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Why The Arts Are As Important As Science Or Math

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.
19/02/2016 8:12 AM IST
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How Boosting R&D Intensity Could Speed Up India's Economic Growth

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.
30/12/2015 8:14 AM IST

‘India Represents The Second Highest Enrollments in Our Courses': EdX CEO Anant Agarwal

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 <strong>Dipin Damodharan</strong>, 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.
21/12/2015 3:15 PM IST
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Why Schools Need To Boost Their Emotional Quotient

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.
08/12/2015 8:26 AM IST

Establishing An ‘Elite University' Could Make India A Science Superpower

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.
18/11/2015 8:52 AM IST

'We Are Deeply Religious And Deeply Liberal': A Conversation With Amish

In an interview with Dipin Damodharan, "literary popstar" Amish Tripathi, the author of the best-selling Shiva trilogy and the <em>Scion of Ikshvaku</em> speaks on several issues, ranging from the importance of gender equality and women in the <em>Vedas</em> to Lord Ram and atheism.
10/11/2015 10:54 AM IST
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There Was No ‘Beef Eating' In The Vedas -- Until The British Said So

Cows and beef are hogging the headlines these days - the hullaballoo around beef bans, beef protests, beef fests and beef protests is showing no signs of dying down. So far, I have refrained from commenting on this issue, but I felt I needed to present some facts when I read Dr MGS Narayanan's article titled<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.in/mgs-narayanan/let-us-look-to-our-histor_b_8395960.html?utm_hp_ref=india" target="_hplink"> "Here's The Unpalatable Truth About Beef And Hinduism"</a> in <em>The Huffington Post</em>.
02/11/2015 8:19 AM IST