[Interview] Trash to toys: redefining science education

  "Work while you play and play while you work". Arvind Gupta is an Indian toy inventor, science expert and science communicator. He gained popularity in the 90s for his  show in Doordarshan's kid's programme "Tarang" , which went on to define childhood for most of us. He developed low-cost science teaching aids and scientific toys …

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Darkside of Social Media

#STANDPOINT 2 The draft Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Amendment Rules, 2018 to curb “unlawful content” on social media is a coherent step in sync with the  Supreme court judgment in the Justice K. S. Puttaswamy (Retd.) and Anr. vs Union Of India And Ors case on right to privacy. Rule 3 of the draft highlights the importance …

DANGER OF PSEUDOSCIENCE

  #STANDPOINT 1 In a speech at the 106th Indian Science Congress, Andhra University Vice Chancellor G. Nageshwar Rao said that the Kauravas of the Mahabharata were test tube babies,born due to stem cell technologies and that India possessed  missile technology thousands of years ago. Such a statement is both historically as well as scientifically …

Demographic changes and illegal migration in Assam

  Assam and parts of the Northeast India shut down on January 8, 2019 over the issue of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.  The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955,  to grant citizenship to non Muslims including Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who came to India on or before December 31, …

Why is Assam “poor” ?

Being a proud Assamese, my heart weeps in grief but I have to accept the statement that indeed Assam is economically poor. But it is equally important to understand what cripples the Assamese economy. The economy of Assam is undoubtedly in a struggling stage. But is it due to lack of Central Government support? Infact …