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Meeta W Sengupta

Plug the leaks or change the boat?

Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

This year has been interesting for education, not for its grand ideas but for its little fixes. It is time, come 2015 and the Budget, that some significant moves are made The problems in education in India are akin to a leaky boat. After a while, one counts so many holes...

Sanskrit lessons in Indian civilization

Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

The current controversy about switching from German to Sanskrit will run its course. The bigger issue is: How much of the country’s past should shape its future? It is not unusual for countries to glorify their own past. Nor is it unusual to include that in the schooling system —...

Finding new ways to sustain enthusiasm

Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

Teachers play a critical role in the growth of a country in economic, social and cultural ways. However, our policymakers have failed to grasp their importance India’s strength has always been its people. Grand things have been achieved by harnessing people’s power; its movements have shifted empires. And yet, we do...

Learning, teaching, and much more

Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

School managements cannot run away from their responsibility of providing and sustaining a safe and secure environment for children Schools, by definition, are safe learning environments. That is their first duty — if they accomplish nothing else, they are duty-bound to provide safety to those who are given unto their care....

Reform textbooks to reform education

Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

There can be no room for a single textbook in higher education, especially professional education. The same is true of school education as well Giving one author or publisher of books authority over knowledge dissemination for an entire generation does sound dangerous when you put it like that. But this is...

Engine that powers the growth vehicle

Thursday, 29 May 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

No real development in any sector, whether infrastructure or law and order, is genuinely possible if education remains neglected ‘Electricity’ said one. ‘Infrastructure’, nodded the other, in agreement. ‘Police reforms’, came the cry from another corner; ‘inflation’, insisted another. The new Government has been inundated with advice even before it has...

Rich, well-educated and unproductive

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | Meeta W Sengupta | in Oped

The dismal performance of our parliamentarians, many of them having degrees and wealth, raises questions about the efficacy of the country’s education system It is fascinating to see how good behaviour has been correlated to better education. “Look at that fellow, unread and uncouth!”, can be translated into many languages, and...


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