India Insight

from The Human Impact:

Malala: An icon for millions of girls who want to learn

December 12, 2012

When it happened two months ago, it shocked the world. Masked Taliban gunmen stopped a school bus filled with children in northwestern Pakistan, boarded it and shot 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai in the head and neck as she sat in the bus with her friends.

The emerging world’s education imperative

By Shashi Tharoor
November 15, 2012

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author, and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

Are Indian institutes casting a negative light on minority groups?

By Reuters Staff
June 30, 2011

By Annie Banerji

Just when you thought the reputation of India’s higher education sector couldn’t get worse, two recent developments regarding scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (SC/ST) cast doubt on the approach of a few of New Delhi’s academic institutions.

Could Delhi University’s perfect 100 pct demand drive students abroad?

By Reuters Staff
June 17, 2011

By Annie Banerji

Students across India did a double take this week when one of India’s most sought after commerce colleges declared that 100 percent marks in school-leaving examinations would be the eligibility criteria for admission to a bachelor’s degree course.

Has India squandered its English advantage?

April 19, 2011

When the British were finally expelled from India in 1947, driven out of a country scarred by decades of imperialist rule, they left at least one parting gift: a linguistic legacy that has formed a crucial ingredient in the country’s economic miracle.

Right to education: a leap that falls short?

April 1, 2010

INDIAIs the government short-changing the nation on right to education?

Not all is hunky-dory with the ‘right to education’ law that has come into force.

Indians attacked: time for action vs need for calm

January 5, 2010

Days after accounting graduate Nitin Garg was stabbed to death in Melbourne, the incident has not just triggered anger but also speculation of strained diplomatic ties between India and Australia.

Kevin Rudd: Re-reassuring Indians?

November 12, 2009

The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, currently in India, is expected to address concerns in India over attacks on Indian students.The issue blew up in May this year after a spate of attacks on Indian students amid allegations of racism.The Australian leaders have been defending the safeguards and measures taken since then, but every time there is a fresh attack the media goes to town with the issue.With over 80,000 students enrolling in Australian every year the attacks, whatever their nature, have hardly dampened the outflow of students.Rudd won’t be the first to offer a reassurance and given the regularity with which incidents are reported it doesn’t look like he would be the last.Indian students continue to be interested in Australian education.Is this because they can sense that the issue is has been blown out of proportion?Or are they voting with their feet on the state of Indian education system?Are we still sold out over the lure of a ‘foreign degree’ and willing to run the risks for it?

Do we need sex-education in schools?

April 30, 2009

A parliamentary committee, with a varied political membership, recently recommended that there should be no sex education in schools.

India’s Gujjar mess underlines problem of relying on quotas

May 29, 2008

There is no doubt that India is a deeply unequal society, that people at the bottom of the pile face discrimination, and struggle for the opportunities they need to raise themselves up. But is the answer caste- or tribe-based quotas in government jobs and universities?