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Photo courtesy: Munmun Dhalaria

Filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria's documentaries are a peek into the Himalayan communities' response to COVID-19

We spoke to documentary filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria to know more about the projects she has been working on during the pandemic

Published On:
12 Sep 2020

This 24-year-old's MTech student's book Lockdown Discovery may be the pick-me-up we all need

It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book finishing an average of 10 pages a day. Lockdown Diaries hod no marketing whatsoever but has sold quite a few copies within 15 days of its publication

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09 Sep 2020
It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book, as he was finishing an average of 10 pages a day (Pic: Sourced)
Saurabh Gadhavi

Despite losing a hand, meet the Gujarat prodigy who has mastered all the percussion instruments out there!
 

Saurabh Gadhavi is a specially-abled drummer. The absence of his left hand has not stopped him from fulfilling his dreams in music. We speak to him to find out more

Published On:
09 Sep 2020

Here's how this 12-year-old from Ludhiana is using Minecraft to make learning, teaching fun in schools

Namya, a Class VIII student at the Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana, has been leveraging technology to make learning as well as teaching fun. We find out more

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08 Sep 2020
Namya Joshi with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
During a class | (Pic: A Saritha)

Here's why this Telangana teacher's belief that education must go on is turning kids into profs during the pandemic

The concept of a Village Learning Circle, where children in remote areas assume the role of a teacher and teach children nearby, is quite revolutionary

Published On:
05 Sep 2020

From 123 to 1336: How Sant Kumar Sahani helped build a school from scratch in Bihar's Begusarai

Sahani, who suffered from a partial visibility impairment, started his journey as a teacher on September 1, 1994 at the Gorgama High School in Bihar. But the impairment never became a hurdle

Published On:
05 Sep 2020
Sahani addressing his students at assembly (Pic: Sant Kumar Sahani)
Students at the school| Pic: Smith Kumar Soni

More important to teach girls than boys: Here's how Jharkhand's Smith Kumar Soni is fighting human trafficking, child marriage

We spoke to Smith Kumar Soni, who is an elementary school teacher in Jharkhand's Simdega district to know more about his fight to educate every single girl child

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05 Sep 2020

How this government school teacher went lane by Delhi lane and brought students back to 'online' class

Ajay Arya, a Physical Education teacher in an East Delhi school, went around the national capital in search of students absent from online classes

Published On:
05 Sep 2020
Ajay Arya interacting with children and their parents in an East Delhi slum (Pics: Ajay Arya)
Muneer Alam

How Muneer Alam has educated over 25,000 students in Kashmir through a pandemic, riots and civil unrest

Muneer Alam has dedicated 20 years of his life to braving political turmoil, nature's ire and now a pandemic to teach his students. We follow the teacher's journey of 20 years

Published On:
05 Sep 2020

This Kashmiri Chemistry teacher gave JEE, NEET aspirants tutorial videos on pen drives during lockdown 

Though Wassim studied Civil Engineering from SRM University, he took up the teaching profession because of his extraordinary skills to teach concepts clearly. He also a YouTube channel for the same 

Published On:
05 Sep 2020
Wassim Bhat (Picture: Wassim)
A Single Teacher School

Check out these Single Teacher Schools in Tamil Nadu villages where children don't have access to regular schools

Today, Single Teacher Schools caters to more than 32,000 students from over 1,050 villages all across Tamil Nadu. It began in 2006

Published On:
03 Sep 2020

Here's how a 12-year-old boy from Kochi got justice when his gooseberry tree was stolen

Twelve-year-old Pavan Nash speaks how he the Chiri Initiative, a Student Police Cadet programme helped him when his one-year-old gooseberry sapling was stolen by thieves

Published On:
02 Sep 2020
The child found his 1-year-old plant stolen
Sushma in the hospital

Bengaluru girl suffering from dermatomyositis scores 76 per cent in SSLC, dreams to become a lecturer

Sushma who scored good marks in her SSLC exams this year has been suffering from this rare auto immune disease since she was in class 9 and has been under continuous medication 

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29 Aug 2020

Here's how this 10-year-old from UP developed a contactless dispenser to curb COVID-19 spread

The 10-year-old has always been interested in electronic gadgets and had an inclination towards Robotics, said his parents

Published On:
27 Aug 2020
The contactless dispenser made by Shreshta Singhal
Children playing with the leaf Kathaadi| Pic: Deepak and Maya

These IIT-M grads are starting a Science, Math YouTube channel for Adivasi kids in the Paniya language

We speak to IITian-duo Maya and Deepak, who runs the YouTube channel Kathaadi. They tell us about how concepts of science and maths are made easy for rural children through their channel and more

Published On:
26 Aug 2020

Why Mitra Jyothi's founder Madhu Singhal's story can inspire the young to see those who cannot see

From a talking book library to a Braille transcription centre, Madhu Singhal's organisation, Mitra Jyothi, empowers the visually impaired children, women and youngsters through education 

Published On:
23 Aug 2020
Visually-impaired students trained to use computer at Mitra Jyothi (Pics: Mitra Jyothi)
Pic: Sciency

Here's how this Chennai 16-year-old's free digital platform Sciency is getting students to teach students

Sciency is a 'by a student, for a student' free digital educational platform designed to assist with learning. We find out more

Published On:
21 Aug 2020

This Bengaluru duo is making it easy for the elderly to learn online grocery shopping, paying bills during lockdown 

Shreya Bajaj tells us how she and her sister are making senior citizens digitally literate through their easy Zoom tutorials online

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15 Aug 2020
Pic: Easy Hai website
Dr Ashwathnarayan C N, Deputy Chief Minister, felicitated Meghana after she cleared UPSC (Pic: Twitter)

YouTube, screen readers and Kannada literature: How Meghana, a visually challenged prodigy, cracked UPSC and KAS in the same year 

While most of the students say it is difficult to crack UPSC, for Meghana it was a part of her life. This girl who lost her vision set her standards high by cracking UPSC in the second attempt

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13 Aug 2020

This 27-year-old innovator from Gujarat is making bricks by recycling single-use PPE kits and masks. Here's how

The Recycle Man of India Binish Desai tells us how his start-up is developing eco-friendly bricks by recycling used PPE kits and masks 

Published On:
13 Aug 2020
Brick 2.0 | Pic: Binish Desai
The cloth mask banner outside Rippon Building| Pic: ICWO

This Chennai NGO has created a 640 sqft cloth mask banner outside Ripon Building to spread COVID-19 awareness

The huge close mask banner will be displayed until July 30, following which it will be shifted to a more suitable place where it will be less susceptible to wear and tear

Published On:
28 Jul 2020

This India-Pakistan art collective is trying to prompt conversations across borders

The Pind Collective aims to showcase the stories and artwork of young artists from both sides of the border in an attempt to shed their differences

Published On:
27 Jul 2020
Sarhanay Seemin ke Aahista Bolo by Aziza Ahmad
Picture: Aniket Gupta

How this +2 student's science experiment programme has helped 18,000 kids fall in love

Aniket tells us how through his initiative ISTC he is aiming to bring in the approach of practicality while learning or teaching scientific subjects

Published On:
27 Jul 2020

How Haroon Kareem became the first student in Kerala to write his 10th standard SSLC examination on a computer

Using his coding ability and growing ambition, visually impaired Haroon Kareem becomes the first student in Kerala to write his exams on a computer as opposed to using a scribe

Published On:
22 Jul 2020
Haroon scored an A+ on all ten of the subjects that he had attempted
Farmers using the device (Pic: Girish Badragond)

This Karnataka innovator's technology to help visually impaired farmers is revolutionary. Here's why

The tech, developed by Girish Badragond is simple and state-of-the-art at the same time and can help any farmer optimise farming

Published On:
19 Jul 2020

This initiative led by DU students is on a mission to revive the love for India’s heritage and history

Recently, the group has started a campaign named #YehDeshHaiMera to promote those tangible and intangible heritages that have been forgotten with time or are on the verge of extinction

Published On:
18 Jul 2020
Karwaan: The Heritage Exploration Initiative
The COVID-19 quarantine camp in Chizami (Pic: Wteshete Thopi)

Art, positivity and sunshine: Why the quarantined in this Nagaland village are full of good cheer

This facility, built by the residents of the village, has 14 huts with 28 beds at present and is located on the outskirts of the hamlet

Published On:
17 Jul 2020

At Kavya Madappa's Bluecat Paper, not a single tree is cut to make paper. Here's how

Kavya Madappa tells us how, with her venture Bluecat Paper, she is manufacturing paper from coffee husk, flax, lemongrass, banana, bagasse and other industrial waste

Published On:
15 Jul 2020
Kavya Madappa at the Bluecat Paper factory
Rahul Murali Krishnan

This Bengaluru Math wiz just subtracted two 100-digit numbers in under a minute. Beat that!

Think you can subtract anything? Well, Rahul Murali Krishnan just aced it with two 100-digit numbers. Rashmi Patil finds out more about this Maths genius from Bengaluru

Published On:
15 Jul 2020

This Ahmedabad auto driver gets his daughter a no-religion, no-caste school-leaving certificate

Rajveer fought relentlessly so that his 13-year-old daughter's school paid heed and she received the certificate which left the religion and caste columns blank

Published On:
08 Jul 2020
Rajveer and his daughter Akanksha
Mann Deshi Champions

Why Prabhat Sinha quit a job in the US to set up a sports academy for underprivileged kids in rural Maharashtra

Prabhat Sinha tells us how with his Mann Deshi Champions programme, he is aiming to enable every girl child in rural India to play sports

Published On:
07 Jul 2020

How Sudha Muttal overcame caste discrimination to deliver 5000 stage performances before she turned 30

At 29, Sudha Muttal has managed to deliver over 5000 performances and is changing the lives of young Dalit women in her village in rural Karnataka using the power of theatre

Published On:
03 Jul 2020
Sudha Muttal help women read and write Kannada
Kaushik Acharya write his exams using feet

This boy from rural Karnataka is writing his SSLC exams using his feet sans extra time. This is his inspiring story

Kaushik Acharya's hands are not fully grown therefore he was taught to use his feet to write or draw when he was only three years old. This is how and why he refuses to use a scribe

Published On:
29 Jun 2020

This teacher set up a WhatsApp group to teach her students farming during the lockdown

The Hindi teacher from Mar Thoma Public School in Kochi has used WhatsApp to teach her students about the basics of agriculture and how to practise it at home

Published On:
24 Jun 2020
Sarita has also taught her students to make their own pesticides at home
Nethra and her family distributing food (Pics: Nethra M)

This ninth grader from Madurai spent Rs 5 lakh saved for college studies on helping the poor affected by the lockdown

Nethra M, who has been named the UNADAP's Goodwill Ambassador for the Poor, donated `5 lakh of her college fund to feed the poor in Madurai

Published On:
24 Jun 2020

This IIT grad quit his cushy job abroad to start a school for tribal children in Assam's Majuli

Bipin Dhane, an IIT Kharagpur graduate, quit his job in Singapore to contribute towards the education sector. He set up the Hummingbird School in Assam's Majuli island to teach Mising tribe children

Published On:
23 Jun 2020
Bipin Dhane set up the Hummingbird School in Assam's Majuli island| Pic: Edexlive
B Kotresh, teacher and editor of monthly magazine, Pencil

How this Karnataka Govt School Teacher set up a student newspaper to bring kids back to school

B Kotresh, a government school teacher speaks about how his monthly magazine, Pencil helped him increase enrollment in his school in Belagurki in Raichur District 

Published On:
21 Jun 2020

Meet the doctor-turned-DJ who returned to medicine to help support people during the pandemic

Doctor-turned-DJ Sanjay Meriya has enlisted as a medical volunteer to support other healthworkers at the frontlines following the Coronavirus outbreak

Published On:
17 Jun 2020
Sanjay practiced medicine for a year at the  Rural hospital, Yavat
The Gehlot family (Pic: Asmakam)

Education is Asmakam: Check out this start-up in Indore that wants you to stop sending your kids to school

What started as an idea to unlearn has become quite popular among parents who want to give their children the freedom to choose the way they want to learn

Published On:
11 Jun 2020

Here's how Puducherry start-up Vaahan is making car travel easy for the differently-abled with their Caruna seats

The mechanism in the Caruna seats sense the obstacles on the car and makes sure that the hands, legs don't hit anything. It brings the passenger and the seat out of the door completely

Published On:
08 Jun 2020
Caruna swivel seats| Pic: Vaahan