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Muslims At Bottom Of Higher-Education Ladder, Alongside Backward Tribes

Muslims At Bottom Of Higher-Education Ladder, Alongside Backward Tribes

Muslims comprise 14% of India’s population but account for 4.4% of students enrolled in higher education. Last in our three-part series on affirmative action in higher education.…

1931 Data Muddy Issue Of Backward-Caste Higher-Education Quotas

1931 Data Muddy Issue Of Backward-Caste Higher-Education Quotas

Over the decade ending 2010, the enrolment rate of other backward classes (OBCs) in higher education had tripled to 22%, close to the national rate of 23.6%. Now that OBCs appear to have caught up with higher castes in higher education, is it time to remove reservation?…

How Reservations Help Disadvantaged-Caste Students Get Higher Education

How Reservations Help Disadvantaged-Caste Students Get Higher Education

As many as 26% male and 35% female students from India’s most disadvantages castes and tribes in 245 engineering colleges would not be there without reservation, according to a new study that says affirmative action policy in higher education works largely as intended.…

India, Bangladesh and Myanmar Face Big Quake Threat

India, Bangladesh and Myanmar Face Big Quake Threat

The 62,159-sq-km area, along what is called the “Indo-Burmese arc”, which runs through India, Bangladesh and Myanmar, is at risk of a monster earthquake of possibly magnitude 8.2 to 9, but when that might happen is unclear–it could be 500 years from now or it could be tomorrow.…

Making Sense of Breaking News

In 2015-16, 93% Fall In AFSPA Cases Adjudged (Over Previous 3 Years)

No more than five human-rights complaints—four in Jammu and Kashmir, one in Tripura—under a controversial law that provides immunity to armed forces from prosecution were judged in 2015-16, a 93% fall over the average of three preceding years, according to new government data submitted to parliament on July 21, 2016.…

Job Creation Slows, 68% Fall From 2014 And 2013

Job Creation Slows, 68% Fall From 2014 And 2013

In 2015, India created 130,000 jobs in eight industrial sectors, according to new government data, a 68% slowdown from the 400,000 jobs created in 2014, with a similar number in 2013.…

Quickr, E-Bay, Amazon, Snapdeal Among 106 Portals Advertising Animal Parts

Quickr, E-Bay, Amazon, Snapdeal Among 106 Portals Advertising Animal Parts

As many as 106 online portals—including Quickr.com, e-bay.com, Olx.in, Amazon.com and Snapdeal.com—are involved in “advertising sale of rare animals and their parts”, according to a reply in the Lok Sabha, parliament’s lower house, on July 19, 2016.…

278 Communal Clashes Across India In 5 Months

278 Communal Clashes Across India In 5 Months

India reported 278 communal clashes in the first five months of 2016, according to data released by the home ministry to the Parliament this week. While 38 deaths were reported in the “incidents”, as they are officially called, 903 people were reported to be injured.…

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Prime Time: India's Grand Challenges

6 Indicators of India’s Looming Demographic Disaster

6 Indicators of India’s Looming Demographic Disaster

India will need to generate 280 million jobs between now and 2050, the year when the working-age population (15 to 64) will peak, according to a new report, amid indicators that the country's demographic dividend could be at the cusp of disaster. With fears that India is experiencing jobless growth and skepticism abounding that the country may not be able to cash in on its "demographic bonus", the world's largest working-age population—869 million by 2020—because of limited progress on health, education and job skills, we identified six warning signs.…

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

How To Get India’s Women Working? First, Let Them Out Of The House

India boasts superior rates of women serving in political office compared to other emerging economies: the nation just swore in its 16th female Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti. Yet it lags well behind its competitors in its rate of women’s labour force participation. There is surprisingly little data to answer why. But one reason stands out: women can’t get to work.…

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

Groundwater Levels Plunge, Contamination Rises, Crisis Grows

In a country where 74% of farmland is not irrigated and water shortages are growing, India is on course to become “water scarce” within nine years, with depleting groundwater adding to an ongoing farm crisis.…

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Ignited Hopes, No Jobs. Why Jats, Others Revolt

Traditional landowners, the Jats are a powerful Hindu caste now demanding classification as a “backward” caste, so that government jobs can be reserved for them. However, an IndiaSpend analysis of employment data and evaluation of aspirations of young Jats revealed that the protests are manifestations of India’s slow, inadequate job-creation and a failing education system creating thousands of “unemployable” graduates.…

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