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Vol no. 18 Issue No. 109

Inside this issue

In Response

What air pollutants can do to your body?

By: Staff Reporter

Health risks of air pollution, an article in the 108th (1-15 May, 2018) issue of G'nY raised multiple queries from our readers about how air pollution can be lethal to the human body. We present here a brief response to help understand the mechanism by which pollution enters the blood stream and the bodily reactions that results.

Education Goals

Revisiting inclusion in education

By: Staff Reporter

The Right to Education Act, 2009 was implemented in the light that education is an entitlement and not an act of charity. The Act includes the provision of a quota for disadvantaged sections in private, unaided schools. However, a near-decade later no meaningful progress has been achieved.

The National Policy on Education

By: Staff Reporter

The National Policy on Education of 1968 and 1986 were framed with the objective to foster a national identity and kept in mind the social purpose of education. These features are conspicuously absent from the draft policy of 2016.

SKILL VS Employability

By: Staff Reporter

By 2025, an unprecedented demographic transition will put India in a position where 64 per cent of its population will be of working age. Currently, the absence of a skilled workforce ails the economy. An overhaul of our education system is required to rectify the current flaws and to cater to the needs of a growing economy.

Changing Spending patterns on Private Coaching in India

By: Charu Jain

Private coaching market in India is presently estimated to be over 70 billion USD. With high individual spending and marked state wise disparity a concerted examination of this market is imperative.

Quality Gap in Education

By: Staff Reporter

Expenditure and infrastructure cannot be the only measures of education. Learning outcomes and retention rate—a measure of quality education, are both poor in India.  A multi-pronged approach to meet the deficits needs to be adopted.

India Outdoors

Flamingos at Thane Creek

By: Tripti Shukla, G Areendran and Krishna Raj

The Thane Creek is rapidly changing with an increase in the built-up area. If the current rate of change continues, the Creek is likely to become ecologically inactive in the near future.


Anil Swarup | Quality teachers are intrinsic to boosting our education system

By: Staff Reporter

India’s school education is riddled with problems that need urgent attention. Demystifying the lacunae, Anil Swarup, Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource and Development speaking with the Editor G’nY, exudes positivity and a voice of hope in transforming the system from within.

Students should read political ideologies and then debate

By: Staff Reporter

The affable Professor N V Varghese, Vice Chancellor at National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), speaks with G’nY about how higher education shapes the nature of discourse and bolsters forward linkages.

In brief

Editor's Note

Well structured, holistic and fulfilling learning —is that even desirable? People for whom knowledge works, extending the halo beyond the self is painful. It is ironic that we have been ‘granted’ and have subsequently diligently followed a system of education by the very same people who have k

Term Power

What is ...

The Gender Parity Index (GPI) is the ratio of the number of girls to boys enrolled in a given stage of education, such as secondary education. The index is used to measure access to education for females.

Proficient literacy in two languages is known as biliteracy. A person is biliterate if he/she has the ability to read, write and understand the languages competently.

A person with expertise in multiple subjects is known as a polymath. The word emerged from the Greek word polumathēs, which translates to having much knowledge.

The rate of students that leave a course at an intermediate stage is known as the dropout rate. It is calculated as the ratio of number of students no longer enrolled at the end of a year to the number of students enrolled in the beginning of the year.

Tertiary education is the level of education which is received after the secondary or equivalent education level. In major parts of the world, the term higher education is also used.

Vocational education or vocational training is a training programme which focuses on the knowledge and skills required for a definite job or a craft.

Dyslexia is a reading disability due to neurological dysfunction. Students suffering from dyslexia often experience difficulty in understanding individual letters, words or paragraphs.

Distance education is an educational programme which does not require students to be physically present. It includes online learning, home study, open education and correspondence courses.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the intelligence shown by machines, distinguishable from intelligence shown by humans, which is known as natural intelligence (NI). The term AI is used when a machine imitates ‘cognitive’ features similar to humans, such as problem-solving and analytical thinking.