Education

2022

Gurumurthy Kasinathan spoke to EPW engage about EdTech companies. While online education was once seen with doubt, Byju’s has reported consistent growth in users and the pandemic has given them a turbo boost. What are the implications of EdTech companies in changing how students learn and grow? What types of partnerships are EdTech companies…

2021, 2022

For-profit edtech needs to be banned, and the government must play an active regulatory role.

After a Congress member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu highlighted the unethical practices of the Indian edtech companies in Parliament, the Ministry of Education (MoE) issued an advisory. The advisory asked parents to “verify that content…

2022

In June 2021 Google and BYJU’S announced a partnership to provide education services in India. A press release from BYJU’S said, “the simplicity, flexibility, and security of Google ‘Workspace for Education’ and BYJU’S unmatched content pedagogy come together on the ‘Vidyartha’…

2022

The Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions Society (KREIS) runs residential schools for children from the marginalized sections of the society. IT for Change (ITfC) has recently started working with KREIS to help them to build the capacity of the KREIS Teachers to integrate ICT into teaching-learning in sustained and meaningful ways. As…

2021, 2022

For-profit edtech needs to be banned, and the government must play an active regulatory role.

After a Congress member of Parliament from Tamil Nadu highlighted the unethical practices of the Indian edtech companies in Parliament, the Ministry of Education (MoE) issued an advisory. The advisory asked parents to “verify that content…

2021

'Shiksha Vimarsh’ is a bimonthly Hindi magazine published by Digantar. It seeks to inform and engage its reader in discourse on a wide spectrum of issues related to contemporary educational thought and practice, policies, problems, case studies, researches and book reviews. Over the last 15 years, Shiksha Vimarsh has brought out a range of…

2021

While the health emergency and the livelihood emergencies caused by the Covid pandemic are evident, the education emergency has been hidden. The public education system in many parts of India, barring a few states, was closed for the greater part of the last year and a half. Hundreds of thousands of children, having lost one or both parents,…

2021

Anand Desai and Neeta Jose presented two papers at an online International Conference on English Language Teaching during Pandemic Times: Grappling with the New Normal organized jointly by RIESI and ITfC on 25th and 26th June 2021.

About the conference- The global Covid-19 pandemic has forced educational stakeholders to disseminate…

2021

The pandemic has exposed India’s ambivalence about scientific knowledge. While masking and distancing constitute scientific wisdom, we see mass disregard of these in festivals and polls. The pandemic has exposed another ambivalence — about beliefs on the purpose and processes of education. Education experts’ views have sharply contrasted with…

2021

School closures since March 2020 have allowed students limited opportunities for structured learning, causing learning loss, and aggravating malnutrition, child abuse, child labour, school dropout and early marriage.

Online education is seen as a solution to the education emergency. A survey conducted by Karnataka Education Department…