• 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...

  • Notion of success for toppers

    With the recent announcement of the results of the 12th standard board examination followed by the common entrance test (CET) for admissions to engineering courses, one saw the familiar scenes of electronic media and newspapers flashing the interviews of top ranking students along with that of...

  • 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...

  • Let's play: Role of physical education in development of children

    One of the cricket matches played recently had a nail-biting finish. The chasing team needed 28 runs from 22 balls. Then 4 runs from 6 balls and, finally, one run from one ball. The batsman tapped the last ball and ran, barely making it to the non-striker's end, to the thunderous applause of his...

  • 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...

  • A beautiful mind: Revisiting Karanth's work as an educationist

    Twentieth century saw two Karanths from coastal Karnataka making stellar contributions to the Kannada literary and cultural realms, even carrying their sway across the country. The first one was a giant by the name of Kota Shivaram Karanth, popularly known to the world as a novelist,...

  • Inspiring teachers to become the best minds

    A self-motivated lower primary school teacher from Kolar with 13 years of experience showed her action research project on English teaching, which she had undertaken with a deep concern for making English teaching effective in lower primary schools, that too for 1st standard children. She had spent...

  • 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...