Bihar Government's recently issued order says that teachers have to perform additional duty, where they have to monitor and stop people from open defecation

Teachers or defecation inspectors? How Kalam's dream for teachers may be hitting the dirt

A lot of us might have seen government school teachers taking voters census in houses, and there are a lot more they have been made to do, but is that even a teacher's duty? John B Monteiro talks

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04 Dec 2017

Know your DNA: Three simple secrets to discover excellence for every student

Every young graduate can transform their life towards achieving excellence in their career if they discover their natural abilities, writes Nicholas Francis

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04 Dec 2017
Students start discovering their abilities at teenage or later in first year college, then only they would figure out the purpose of their life before they get to work | Representative image
When will the bullying end? | Express

The video of North-Easterners being abused at an ISL game reeks of racism. And it needs to stop NOW

The viral clip from an ISL match shows how much latent racism we have for people who look 'chinky': The answer? Include chapters on the North East in books and pass stronger racism laws

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26 Nov 2017

We finally felt free: A Sathybama alum on why they burnt things during the 2006 protest

This is almost deja vu for Sathyabama University as arson and protests rocked the campus in 2006. An insider's account of what went down almost a decade ago

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24 Nov 2017
Protests at Sathyabama University are not a novelty | File Photo
The tendency to set things on fire stems from a mob mentality that does not stop at just breaking things | Representative picture

Sathyabama violence shouldn't surprise us: Engg students in TN take to arson quite often

In the last two years alone, at least two instances of Engineering students vandalising and attacking colleges and setting fire to property have been reported

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23 Nov 2017

Should you go looking for your biological parents after years apart?

Every adopted child yearns to know where they come from, rediscover roots and such, but is it really practical and does it come with any great gain?

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22 Nov 2017
The root-seekers generate media stories and file cases against the institutions which rescue and nurture abandoned babies | Representative image
Graduates who take the initiative and make things happen are highly respected and valued at their workplace | Representative image

Dare to impress: Three tips to make a great first impression

Nicholas Francis is here with few tips that are a must when you meet someone for the first time!

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21 Nov 2017

I am a Rajput and I am dying to watch Padmavati. This is why

In an open letter to the groups protesting against Padmavati, Kritika Shekhawat from Jaipur points out that protest can be carried out by avoidance and dissent, which reflects the true Rajput ethos 

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11 Nov 2017
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmavati is hitting the headlines way before its premiere. But not for good reasons.
Instagram is a popular site for fashion trends, with likes, shares and reposts becoming #theinthing | Rebel Circus

Does your wardrobe change colours every season? Here's a walk through the latest trends and who is popularising them

How do you stay updated with the latest fashion trends? Fashion columnist Regina Gurung scrolls through her Instagram feed and if that is not enough, the 'discover' button does the job for her

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09 Nov 2017

Why I failed to finish the post of my #MeToo story on Facebook but will fight another day

After the #MeToo wave has lost its numbers, here is an account of why I didn't post my stories. I didn't want my painful abuse story to be lost in a tirade of jeers and generalisation

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06 Nov 2017
Not all victims have posted a #MeToo, and that's not without a reason
India, however, entered the Guinness World Records with its 918 kg Khichdi dish | PTI

Opinion: Why I love Khichdi but hate the idea of India having a national dish 

Blame it on social media if you will, but why are we arguing about whether khichdi ought to be our national dish when farmers are closer to suicide than their failed fields and empathy is but limited

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05 Nov 2017

Is marriage an unspoken license to rob an individual of their identity and religion

Denying a woman the right to practise her religion after marriage is violative of Article 25. John B Monteiro talks

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02 Nov 2017
Changing names in the name of marriage has become a big issue and has reached the Supreme Court of India as reported | Representative image
Study says stress is found among young graduates who are found wanting in certain areas of their academic and professional expectations | Representative image

Not too good at sticking to the clock? Managing your time may be the best way to embrace growth and responsibility

Nicholas Francis tells us how time management is one of life's most important hacks, one that should be used more frequently

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02 Nov 2017

Food for thought: Would you prefer to see your beloved teacher hung in school?

Education departments across the world are insisting on hanging teachers photographs in school, but the question is 'Do teachers really consider it an honour?' John B Monteiro talks

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27 Oct 2017
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam once said, students should remember their teachers in their hearts and not through their photos on the wall
Do anonymous complaints not count?- Representative Image

Raya's Sexual Harasser List: SC lawyer says naming the abuser is not a problem. Here's why.

Kiruba Munusamy points out that in most instances victims are forced to be silent because they fear being  failed,  denied reference letters or even being forced to quit the college

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26 Oct 2017

What is the kind of relationship you share with your father (and mother)? Here's is an interesting insight

Is the parent-child relationship as good as it is being taught at schools? John B Monteiro adds some logic and psychological facts to it

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19 Oct 2017
Laws have been passed in China, making it mandatory for children to periodically visit their old parents and otherwise extend maintenance support

OPINION: When so many women say Me Too about sexual abuse on FB, the quieter ones will speak up

Chennai-based psychologist Mini Rao's take on the #MeToo campaign and why she thinks it would help millions of women speak up about the smaller and bigger kinds of abuse

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17 Oct 2017

#TakeAKnee: Did you know that some of the words that we use today had a different meaning when they originated?

Dr Albert P' Rayan, Professor of English at KCG College of Engineering, looks back into the history of words and phrases

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10 Oct 2017
Check out a few words that have different meanings
Nicholas Francis serves as a member on the Board of Studies of Social Work in many colleges and contributes to the professional training and development of various institutions

Six tips to help you write the PERFECT email when you're going from college to a workplace. Check them out

Nicholas Francis, a motivational author and a Human Resource mentor-based in Madurai shares a few tips for students about the Do's and Don't of writing a professional email

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09 Oct 2017

From Sikh turbans to Muslims with beards: Why school uniforms may never be the same again in the next century 

From Oxford to India's smallest town school is the usage of uniforms becoming more of a social issue rather than a way to ensure everyone feels equal? That is the question

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09 Oct 2017
Oxford University students are demanding scrapping of the elitist gown worn by undergraduate students with scholarships, stating that the garments make others feel inferior
“Parents wish it so” is the stock answer of all administrators to justify discriminatory hostel curfews, dress codes, and other restrictions on women students. But does it make sense?

OPINION: The 'like-my-daughter' reasoning is stale. Here's why safety and freedom go hand in hand for women in the BHU campus

AIPWA secretary Kavita Krishnan believes that the BHU example shows, the more protectionist the campus, the more willing it is to protect sexual harassers and silence complainants. Do you agree?

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02 Oct 2017

Why Bhagat Singh's nephew believes that socialism, not Ram Raj is still the answer to India's questions, on his birth anniversary 

Beyond the khakhi and the cap, the man whom many still call 'comrade' affectionately, had insights into what India needed to do to stay ahead, 7 decades ago. Still makes sense now, says his nephew

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28 Sep 2017
It's Bhagat Singh's 110th birth anniversary and he is still our favorite hero
Yakshagana, a traditional theater form that combines dance, music and dialogue, will soon be an art of the past

This 25-year-old from Manipal University is making 'Yakshagana' cool again so that it doesn't become a thing of the past

With the hope of reviving this slowly-dying art form, Abhinav Grover appeals to actors to give Yakshagana a try to hone their craft  

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26 Sep 2017

OPINION: Do adivasi, Dalit and gay rights exist only in seminars?

Ashley Tellis talks about violence of the neoliberal Indian University for whom the woman, the Dalit or the gay or the adivasi is no more than seminar topics

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25 Sep 2017
Ashley Tellis is a gay right activist and also academician on Institutional discrimination against sexual minorities
The first vice-president of India Sarvepall Radhakrishnan was one of the most distinguished twentieth-century scholars

What Teachers' Day means to you when your great-uncle is Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

From wondering why he read under the streelights to becoming a part of his legacy, Dr S Radhakrishnan's descendant recalls how her continuing tryst with him developed over time

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06 Sep 2017

OPEN LETTER: Here's why Bengaluru's Dr Asha Benakappa credits her success to her favourite teacher

Director of Indira Gandhi Institute for Child Health in Bengaluru opens up about why she thanks her favourite teacher every single day for making her push her limits

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05 Sep 2017
Dr Asha Benakappa is the Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of child health

Had my father been a student today, he would never have become a doctor: Dr S Gurushankar

Dr S Gurushankar, Chairman of Meenakshi mission Hospital and Research centre opens up about the journey of his father and how hard it was for him to become a doctor from a rural background

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04 Sep 2017

Why Anitha's death should make you hold a candle for Samacheer Kalvi: If it is that bad, how have some of the world's best doctors passed through TN's state syllabus and made it in life? 

If we don't want more Anithas, we must allow states to manage education and encourage quality education that does not make students dependent upon coaching classes

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02 Sep 2017
Anitha, the face of NEET protest in TN, hanged herself on Friday. Pic courtesy: Kamal Cartoons