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  • Will we allow the 'desi' to survive?

    A group of young women from the small village of Heggodu, Sagara Taluk in Shivamogga district have come together and formed a multipurpose co-operative society called Charaka, that produces naturally dyed cotton handloom garments sold under the brand name 'desi'. They have been fighting the...

  • Unshackling our teachers

    An education functionary from the central region of Karnataka, whom I had known for some years, called me recently to inquire if an abstract she had sent for an ensuing seminar that we are conducting had been received. Using the occasion, we chatted for a while on how things have been on...

  • On the outskirts of Bengaluru, children of poor remain on the periphery

    Bengaluru Urban revenue district comprises of four Taluks – Bengaluru North, Bengaluru South, Bengaluru East and Anekal. Electronics city, located in Anekal, the pride of Silicon city Bengaluru, is an IT hub and one of India's largest electronics industrial parks, houses major IT / ITES companies...

  • Fulfilling Tejasvi's vision of Kannada development

    Poornachandra Tejasvi (1938-2007) came out of the shadow of his illustrious father Rashtrakavi Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa (Kuvempu) very early as a youth. He established himself as a pre-eminent Kannada writer and one of the sharpest thinkers of his times. Besides Kuvempu, Tejasvi was deeply...

  • How about studying sciences in Kannada?

    It was a rainy and wintry Saturday afternoon at Bengaluru, unusual weather considering it was the middle of October. A common interest group of 8 academics were meeting at the conference room of the Indian Academy of Sciences located within the renowned Raman Research Institute. These were mostly...

  • Reforms in teacher preparation: Have we missed the bus?

    The pre-service teacher preparation programmes got a much needed fillip in 2014 with the National Council for Teacher Education, the concerned national level body, bringing in much needed reforms. Key changes included an enhanced duration of programmes such as B.Ed and M.Ed from one to two years,...

  • Transforming teacher unions

    I was invited to be part of an event to mark the starting of a Teacher Learning Centre in one of the eight educational blocks of Mandya district last year.I sat alongside the DIET Principal, the taluk Block Education Officer, the vice-president of the state teacher association (who is also the...

  • The unsung foot soldiers of our education system

    'Who will miss the CRPs and BRPs?'This thought-provoking question was put forth by a committee constituted by the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi, in its draft report incorporating indicative operational guidelines for...

  • The battle against corporal punishment

    Recently, I happened to engage with a group of government schoolteachers from Anekal block during a workshop we had organised for them. They taught Kannada language at the elementary level in their schools besides a few more subjects. I was facilitating a session to help them reflect on their own...

  • Neglect of public education has to stop

    Recently, I happened to be at the Morarji Desai Residential School and PU Science College, Adakimaranahalli, near Nelamangala. About 350 boys and girls stay at the sprawling 10-acre campus, studying from 6th standard to PUC. My colleague Umashankar and I stayed overnight at the campus to facilitate...

  • The song of Suhana: Making sense of an uproar

    The focus of this article is about a recent distressing incident in Karnataka, and to look closely at the implications it brings to bear upon the notion of a human being and the role of education in it. Fanatical cries against Suhana's singingThe incident pertains to the innocuous rendering of a...

  • Remembering middle school days

    It was a truly memorable moment last week when a bunch of us mates from my alma mater, National Middle School, met seven of our teachers after nearly forty years. All of them had retired many years ago, and a few of them were into their eighties as well. While more than 30 of us getting connected...