Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for Law and Economics (EDLE)

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for European Doctorate in Law and Economics

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New Media-Jamsheer

Communication is transmitting the information one person to another. It  requires a sender, a message, an intended recipient and a medium. Media (singular medium) are the storage and transmission channels or tools used to store and deliver information or data. The word medium comes from the Latin word medius (middle).

‘We want…’ – a collection of children’s thought on education

Children and youth are very important stakeholders of the society which we often forget. Sometimes we create such a
scenario and setup at home/school/society that children are forced to withdraw themselves from taking active participation in decision making processes. There are a number of organizations and individuals who are working actively for long to address this issue.
In this context, DRCSC had organized this

Targeting Dalits

The police action against Dalits in Paramakudi leaves indelible scars on the psyche of the oppressed people all over Tamil Nadu.

S. Dorairaj/ Frontline/Sep24-Oct07,2011

The Tamil Nadu Police, in its modern avatar, reflects a glorious tradition of over a century and a half. It was the only force to embark on State-sponsored modernisation in the early 1990s which was pioneered by me during my first tenure as Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996. Seizing the opportunity, the Tamil Nadu Police transformed itself into a mature and modern force with a humane face and unique approach to people and problems....”

A plea for education: The Tamil documentary ‘Enakku Illaya Kalvi?'

The Tamil documentary ‘Enakku Illaya Kalvi?' powerfully portrays the state of school education in Tamil Nadu.

S. Dorairaj/Frontline/Sep24-Oct07,2011

The film, produced by the Institute of Human Rights Education (IHRE) and directed by the writer and orator Bharathi Krishnakumar, stresses the need to liberate the sector from the stranglehold of commercialisation and also from caste- and class-based prejudices.

How green is biofuel?

New York Times News Service/ October 3,2011
Scientists say policy makers have overestimated the potential for bioenergy to cut greenhouse gas emissions. There are concerns that large patches of forest and grassland will be cleared or burned to grow fuel crops. Another cause for concern is that growing food crops (displaced by fuel crops) elsewhere will release carbon into the atmosphere, writes James Kanter

Poverty a Cruel Joke: with planning panel's Rs 32 a day idea

India Today / Archive / Special Report / October 10, 2011 /  Story
The primary policy purpose of a well-defined poverty line in India and elsewhere is to be able to target entitlement programmes properly. The Government of India has been far from efficient in helping out the poor through welfare programmes over the years. Now it has found a way keep them out of the statistics.

Less And Lesser: AP’s BPL criteria is befuddling

Anuradha Raman /Outlook/October 03,2011

          The Planning Commission submission to India’s highest court that the poor are defined as those who earn Rs 25 or less a day in rural areas and Rs 32 or less in urban locations would have made for a good joke if it wasn’t so tragic.

Great grain lottery

India Today  / Archive / NATION / October 10, 2011 / Story

Andhra: Can Kiran Reddy's scheme of offering rice at Re 1 a kilo to the poor win him popularity as CM

No Look-Wages! A minister vows to root out ‘nokkukooli’--the onlooker wages

Outlook/October 10, 2011
Easing The Load...
  • ’Attimari’ is an extortionate system of wages that headload workers’ unions in Kerala imposed for loading/unloading goods
  • If you use outside workers, the union insists on compensation, ‘nokkukooli’, literally, wages for looking on. Union might has kept this practice alive for decades.
  • Labour minister S.B. John has vowed to root out nokkukooli, starting with Trivandrum.
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abject poverty, and not citizens of any country

Indo-Bangla agreement on swapping enclaves brings little cheer to residents of these nowhere lands

These enclaves are concentrated mostly in Cooch Behar district of India and Kurigram, Lalmonihat, Nilphamari and Panchagarh districts of Bangladesh. Thousands have resided in them for decades in abject poverty, without being recognized as citizens of either India or Bangladesh.

Turning on itself: UID project being undermined

Indian Express\04 October 2011

The Right to Information Act has been one of the biggest policy imprints of the UPA. It rests on the premise that the government and the governed are on the same side. The government, or parts of it, have attacked the RTI for causing disruptions and inconveniences, or relaying “frivolous petitions”. Another instance is the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar — great expectations were pinned on the project. However, of late, as the UPA fights for its own survival, and as various internal skirmishes become visible, the UID project has been undermined by forces within the government.

Stopping the loot

Editorial/The Hindu/ October 4, 2011

A robust new law to regulate mining in India is overdue. The proposed Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011 is the central government's response to a full-blown crisis in the sector.

Minorities want the proposed Women’s Code Bill aborted

Bill ‘owing’ anger

Renjith Leen/ The Week/October 2, 2011

Certain controversial recommendations of the proposed Women’s Code Bill 2011, which was submitted to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on September 24 by the 12-member Commission on Rights and Welfare of Women and Children headed by Justice (retired) V.R. Krishna Iyer, have raised the hackles of the two communities.

Women across India do more farm work than men on average

Surinder Sud: Ladies first:, and it's time they got their due

Surinder Sud / Business Standard/ October 4, 2011

Various studies and surveys have clearly brought out the fact that women generally do more farm work than men. For instance, a study by the UN FAO indicates that in the Himalayan hills, the time spent by women performing farm operations is more than thrice than that of bullocks and more than twice that of men. It estimates that, on average, women put in 3,485 hours of farm work per hectare per year against 1,064 hours by a pair of bullocks and 1,212 hours by a man.

Health in crisis

There are fears that curative health care will be left to the private sector, while the public system will handle preventive and low-quality care.
Mohan Rao /The Frontline/October 08, 2011
AN issue of The Lancet earlier this year highlighted some of the problems with public health in India, acknowledging that “it is in crisis”. The robust economic growth over the past 20 years has not translated into better health indices; indeed the decline of infant and child mortality rates has been far less than expected and maternal mortality rates have plateaued.

Investments key to improve education

Amutha Kannan/The Hindu/

The president of All India Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (AIFUCTO), A. James William, was on a visit to Coimbatore. He spoke to The Hindu-Education Plus on issues relating to higher education.

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India's higher education system needs better leadership

Business Standard /October 10, 2011

The quantitative growth of higher education in India, witnessed over the past decade – with more institutions, more seats, more posts and, above all, more funding, has not translated into equal qualitative development. This despite the fact that India’s equally poorly run schooling system produces hundreds of thousands of world class pupils every year and many of them go to the best institutions worldwide and do shine. Clearly, India’s higher education needs a fix.

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Aarogyasri lays thrust on govt hospitals

BS Reporter / Business Standard/ 03 October 2011 
The Aarogyasri Health Care Trust, set up by the Andhra Pradesh government four years ago to facilitate implementation of health insurance to the poor, is planning to focus more on government hospitals over private hospitals. The trust has already de-listed 97 private hospitals due to lack of infrastructure facilities and for not following the stipulated guidelines.
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Blanket ban on plastic bags; violators to face 5-year jail

PTI /Times of India/ October 2, 2011

In a major environment-friendly move, the Delhi government will impose a blanket ban on usage and manufacturing of plastic bags in the next two months and those violating it could face imprisonment up to five years and fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or both.
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'Cities are the major polluters'

DHNS/Deccan Herald, 03 October 2011

Cities have become major contributors of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants responsible for climate change.  They consume 75 per cent of energy and emit 80 per cent of greenhouse gases.

Women's battle against bottle finds echo in global workshop

Staff Reporter/The Hindu/ 07 October 2011

The saga of the battle against the bottle launched by the SHG women from an upland village in West Godavari district found its echo in an international workshop on ‘women and water' held in Sri Lanka a few days ago. District Collector G. Vani Mohan, who represented the State in the workshop, made a power-point presentation on women empowerment laced with a slew of success stories by the SHG women.

Woman breaks into army male bastion, becomes first lady jawan

PTI/Deccan Herald/October02, 2011

Another glass ceiling has been broken in the Indian Army with a mother of two becoming the first woman jawan.

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Handloom centres change the life of tribal women of Kudremukh national park

Bharathi karanth/The New Indian Express/07 October, 2011

The Textile Department’s initiative to empower the tribal woman of Kudremukh National Park area is yielding good results and the success rate is high compared to other parts of the state where similar schemes were introduced.

Skill training centre coming up at Thuvakudi

S. Ganesan/The Hindu/ 04 October 2011

The BHEL Small and Medium Scale Industries Association (BHELSIA) is all set to open a skill training centre at Thuvakudi to train unemployed youth in welding, fitting, painting and other trades in the second week of this month.

Experts welcome setting up Expert Body on poverty

Press Trust of India / Business Standard/ October 03, 2011

Welcoming the government decision to set up an expert committee to look into poverty estimates, former Union Minister and noted economist YK Alagh said the new definition should take into account aspirations of the people.

No poverty line cap for social schemes, food entitlement: Montek

Gargi Parsai/ The Hindu/ October04, 2011

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh, however, declared at a press conference that the government favoured de-linking of food entitlement and other social programmes from the present poverty line that was derived from the Suresh Tendulkar Committee's findings.

Lakhs without rations In Chhattisgarh: It's bureaucratic enthusiasm

Aman Sethi/ The Hindu/October 6, 2011

CG govt cancelled almost 3 lakh ration cards during a recent verification drive. Govt figures and an investigation by The Hindu suggests the drive may have affected many genuine beneficiaries

Modi has done wrong by arresting Sanjeev Bhatt: Hazare

Press Trust of India / Business Standard/ October 04, 2011

Anna Hazare today said that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had done "wrong" by arresting IPS officer Sanjeev Bhatt as the matter was with the Supreme Court. "Bhatt has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court. The matter is with the Supreme Court. Then what is the need to arrest him. This is wrong," Hazare told a press conference.

Quality education is the only way forward, says CII meet

Staff reporter/The Hindu/October 03, 2011
Creating partnerships with educational institutions will be crucial for frontline infrastructure projects in the country,” said M.R. Srinivasan, former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, while delivering the keynote address during the inaugural session of the national summit on ‘Quality in Education'.

Centre to establish vocational education cell within CBSE

Spl correspondent/The Hindu/October 08, 2011
The Centre will establish a vocational education cell within the Central Board of Secondary Education as per the revised scheme of Vocationalisation of Secondary Education, which includes imparting vocational education in Classes XI and XII. The revised scheme has been approved for implementation in the remaining period of the current Five-Year Plan.

Students are Jack of all languages but master of none

Ritika Jha/Indian Express/04 October 2011
 On the concluding day of three-day 33rd annual conference of linguists on Monday, various national and international experts offered a perspective on the teaching of English and mother tongue. At the conference, Sarah Deverall, Head of Examinations at British Council, New Delhi, said, “An assessment of the test results of students who enrolled with us for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the last two years, shows that more than 80 per cent could not score beyond band 5 on a scale of 0 to 9 in any of the language skills.
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67% teachers are not comfortable with CCE

Manash Pratim Gohain/ TOI/ September 29, 2011

A nationwide survey of the Comprehensive and Continuous Evaluation (CCE) scheme has thrown up significant findings. Two years after CBSE introduced CCE system, a staggering 67% of the teachers are still grappling with it, while 58% of them have a negative or indifferent approach towards it. The only stakeholders of the scheme who are in favour of it are the students — 64% of the students from the surveyed schools find the new system better.