An interventionist exercise

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | CB Sharma | in Oped

The Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill is poorly conceived. A rethink is needed before putting it up to the Parliament for debate The Government of India plans to bring a Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill repealing the UGC Act, 1956. The Ministry of Human Resource (MHRD)...

Balanced funds: Are they balanced?

Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 | Hima Bindu Kota | in Oped

Although creation of new categories of balanced funds is designed to provide more options to investors, it may also be confusing No two investors are the same. Individual beliefs and aspirations are influenced by previous environment and experiences; and different mutual funds are designed for investors with different risk appetites. Equity...

Oil is the constant

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Shivani Sandhu | in Oped

For long, the US has been accused of meddling in West Asia to keep its oil supplies running. Now, Iraqis and Kurds are fighting over the same commodity The significance of oil and energy resources as drivers of economic activity and growth can be seen throughout history. One of...

Tackling doctors’ shortage

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Daljit Singh/Anjan bose | in Oped

Lack of physicians and healthcare infrastructure is acute in rural areas. We should learn from our failures and ensure course correction As a part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), India committed to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). However, its total healthcare expenditure (under five per cent of its GDP) resulted...

Making of the world’s skill capital

Monday, 09 Jul 2018 | Pramod Kumar Singh | in Oped

Skill development is required along with degrees for the youth to be employable. Practical training is essential In a bid to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India the skill capital of the world, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has forged several international partnerships across the globe. Through...

In his defence

Saturday, 07 Jul 2018 | Ishaan Saxena | in Oped

The same media which projected a demi-god image of Modi and portrayed him as the panacea for our ills, is now looking for opportunities to denigrate him. This is creating a palpable sense of delusion It is disheartening to watch heavily charged television debates these days. Overwhelming and tangible emotions against...

Idea of a liberal university

Saturday, 07 Jul 2018 | Dhananjay Singh | in Oped

It's ironic that a coterie of liberal voices, who provide inspiration for a culture of vandalism in JNU, should talk of the demise of the liberal university Is Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), this monsoon, slated for a radical transformation of its traditional image of a liberal university? If one takes literally...

Technological intervention

Saturday, 07 Jul 2018 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Between triumphs and failures is the grey area where intellectual termites eat into the structures of reality. This analogy is apt for our public institutions too Triumphs are easy to recognise. Failures speak for themselves. Somewhere between triumphs and failures is the grey area where intellectual termites eat into the...

Bengal’s self-recovery foretold

Friday, 06 Jul 2018 | Anirban Ganguly | in Oped

The best tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his 117th birth anniversary today would be for the bhadralok to rescue his legacy from the hands of lumpens, revolutionary or otherwise When a beleaguered and ill Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976), one of the most articulate, forceful, imaginative and creative voices in Bengal’s...

Healthy, wealthy & unwise

Friday, 06 Jul 2018 | Gwynne Dyer | in Oped

On the 70th anniversary of the world’s first public healthcare system, Britain’s National Healthcare Service (NHS), it’s useful to look at parallels Nothing is perfect and that definitely includes healthcare. On the 70th anniversary of the first full-coverage national health care system that is ‘free at the point of delivery’, Britain’s...


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