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15 November 2022
In early September 2022, the Delhi government announced the Delhi Model Virtual School (DMVS), a virtual school for students of class 9-12.

By Nivedita Krishna
15 October 2022
Technology in education has pervaded both private and public education initiatives. A recent ed-tech initiative in the public domain is Delhi’s virtual school, launched via an online platform for students of grades 9-12.

By Nivedita Krishna
14 October 2022
While there is a pressing need to update the telecom regulatory regime to meet the challenges the industry faces today, the draft Bill must be revisited to ensure that oligopolistic patterns are not legislatively reinforced.

By K. K. Prahalad
19 August 2022
For ed-tech’s growth to be sustainable and equitable, India needs a robust ed-tech policy, followed by regulatory measures.

By Nivedita Krishna
5 August 2022
Transparency at the cost of anonymity seems to be a common underlying theme among India, the European Union, and the United States.

By Nivedita Krishna
3 August 2022
The Draft National Disability Policy proposes several changes, including more robust data collection and a Unique Disability Identity. While the new draft has several changes from the 2006 iteration of the policy, does it do enough to assist PwDs in the field of education and job procurement? What are the policy's strengths and weaknesses, and how can we ensure effective implementation?

By Nivedita Krishna
11 July 2022
The new National Policy for Persons with Disability (NPPD) aims to improve the lives of persons with disabilities (PwDs) from birth through life by enabling greater inclusion in 11 domains including education, health, early identification, disability certification, social security, accessibility, disaster management, strengthening institutional reach and capacity building, and protection of rights

By Nivedita Krishna
26 November 2021
Do corporates owe society progress? The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) answers this with a clear yes. Underlying CSR is the thought that a corporate body is a part of the society and not apart from it.

By Deepanshi Sharma
19 August 2021
As per the 2011 Census, India is estimated to have roughly 2.68 Crore persons with disabilities (PwD) – around half of whom were (at the time of recording) between 20 to 60 years of age

By Deepanshi Sharma
1 July 2021
The grant agreement reflects and amplifies the unequal power dynamic inherent to CSR, which manifests in the form of unfavourable, if not draconian conditions on the grantee. Where must the line be redrawn to create a more equitable social impact environment?

By Nivedita Krishna & Geetanjali Bisht
21 May 2021
Why inclusive education practices for children with disabilities may be under threat in a post-pandemic India.

By Dr. Kirthika Rajaraman, Nivedita Krishna
21 May 2021
While the necessity for the regulation of social media is justified, the manner in which the 2021 IT Rules set out to do so is rather discomforting—to say the least. We fear that these guidelines will lead to a kind of capitalist plutocracy directly in conflict with the constitutional values of free speech—which may also impact the free flow of marginalised voices that civil society organisations strive to promote. Let us show you how.

By Nivedita Krishna, Geetanjali Bisht
21 May 2021
Focused policy reforms are essential to resurrect the quality of instruction at Affordable Private Schools—and, to ensure that education is dispensed in them in some form during the pandemic.

By Nivedita Krishna, Deepanshi Sharma
20 March 2021
Will the enforcement of the newly enacted (controversial) IT Rules 2021 have implications for non-profit organisations who publish information online? The answer is a resounding “Yes”! The question now is: in what ways will they affect them?

By Nivedita Krishna & Geetanjali Bisht
20 March 2021
This exploratory study was conducted to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the inclusive learning opportunities of children with Neuro-Developmental Disabilities.

By Nivedita Krishna & Dr.Kirthika Rajaraman
16 February 2021
The 2021 Budget laid out a 2X increase towards digital e-learning. With projections of an exponential rise in ed-tech services by 2022, the sector needs the attention of policymakers as well. The government must take considered measures to protect the interests of children and young adults. The question is: how does one regulate the complex private ed-tech sector? A middle-of-the-road 'Goldilocks' approach, that balances welfare with profitability, could address these issues.

By Nivedita Krishna & Deepanshi Sharma
23 January 2021
With the Covid-19 pandemic, a significant constituent of the ‘new normal’ is online-schooling.

By Nivedita Krishna & Deepanshi Sharma
23 January 2021
Schools and other educational institutions have been given conditional permission to resume physical classes as per the recent order of the Ministry of Home Affairs. The order marks the end of a strict six-month-long ban on physical schooling. But, can schools simply pick up from where they left off?

By Nivedita Krishna & Deepanshi Sharma
23 January 2021
Domiciliary reservation in private universities would fail the twin-test of reasonable classification for the same reasons as the NLSIU amendment did. What does the classification based on one’s place of residence achieve? How many years of residence should be mandated to qualify? Does it actually benefit those who are underprivileged in a state? To what extent should domiciliary reservations be allowed to dilute otherwise merit-based entrance systems?

By Nivedita Krishna and Deepanshi Sharma
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