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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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