Protests filling in the language gaps

In songs of resistance, interstate students find a way to bridge the language barrier gaps within the country. Sahil Sharma (24) from Himachal Pradesh didn’t understand Punjabi before coming to Panjab University, Chandigarh. He joined a student organisation called Students for Society (SFS) a few months after taking admission in the Botany Department of the […]

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Delays in counselling processes leave students hanging

The registration process for 2022 was to start on April 5 but has been delayed till April 12 now.    The waiting area at the Common Entrance Test (CET) cell just outside the Karnataka Examination Authority (KEA) was filled with students and their guardians. With hands full of documents and bags on their shoulders, they […]

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Schools: Teachers, keep that brain sane

Although Indian schools and colleges appoint counselors to foster the mental health development of students, there are no measures to help teachers with their own mental health. “Hello, Miss *Maria?” said a stern voice as she picked up the phone. “Yes, please tell me,” Maria said patiently, as her eyes anxiously glanced at the pile […]

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Immigrant students in limbo, Australia’s PR woes

Indian students face mental and financial burdens due to unanticipated changes in permanent residency conditions by the Australian government. Palak, a Delhi University alumna, arrived in Australia as an Information technology (IT) student in 2017. She required 70 points to be invited by the Australian government for permanent residency. One morning in 2018 while she […]

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Karnataka high court upholds hijab ban

The right to wear hijab cannot be traced to freedom of expression, the court argued. Bengaluru: A three-judge bench of the Karnataka High Court on March 15 has ruled the hijab is not “essential” to Islam. The court has also upheld the ban on wearing hijab inside educational institutes across the state. In January, six hijab-clad […]

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Schools: Hello, Math; Wait, Media Literacy

Media literacy is still an additional workshop in Indian schools and a touchy topic in Indian homes—teachers, media experts and sociologists say that this needs to change. Bengaluru: It is 2 p.m., an hour after lunch break. As *Ishita looks out of her classroom window, she sees the gloomy grey clouds fill Bengaluru’s skies. She […]

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Graduation gowns and mortar boards come at a price

High convocation fee with an extended application procedure creates confusion and delay. Students stood in a straight queue holding documents in sweaty hands, waiting for their turn to pay the fee at the bank so that they could show the receipt and collect their certificates. The price they were paying to throw their mortar boards […]

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Eating disorders rise in the exam season

The change in board exam pattern has had a bad effect on students, parents and teachers. The multiple-choice question (MCQs) pattern of board exams has led students, parents and teachers to have unhealthy eating habits due to stress. “This whole new pattern makes me feel so uncertain. When I used to write lengthy answers, there […]

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Parents unhappy over engineering fee hike

Aside from Rs.10, 000 added as other fees, engineering colleges charge Rs.5,500 as a development fee. Students and parents are upset with this sudden notification issued by the engineering colleges to pay more than Rs. 10,000 for the academic year 2021-2022. Brother of an engineering aspirant said, “The college increased the amount to Rs. 10, […]

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