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Lolitika Mandal is an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Mohali. Her research has contributed to a global understanding of how blood cells develop. In this interview, she shares her experiences and insights on the life of a scientist.
 
Tell us something about your current work.

Prema Raghunath

This book outlines the education policy that the Delhi Government has espoused under the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) during its first tenure.

Indira Vijayasimha

Student errors are often a source of irritation, frustration and even anger to teachers. Many of us have memories of our schoolwork heavily marked with red ink highlighting our mistakes and making us feel fearful, ashamed and stupid. However, errors need to be seen as part of the learning process. They can provide many insights to both the teacher and the taught.

How did we discover the existence of Pluto? Why have we reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet? What do we know of other dwarf planets? How do we decide if a celestial body is to be classified as a planet or not? Read on for a first-hand account by Pluto.
 

Vinatha Viswanathan and Ruchi Shevade

A brief history of children’s magazines

Join the author in an exciting narrative about the Gut, a small but amazing organ that does so many things that it is called the second brain. From digesting anything that is put in it to controlling feelings and emotions, the Gut is a Jack of all trades, and a master in every one of them.
 

Vidhya Das

Swati Sircar

Basic numerical skills are a must-have in today’s world. No matter what one does, the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide is crucial and needed for everyday matters. Naturally, these take up a large portion of the math syllabi at the primary level. However, many reports including the Annual Status of Education Reports (ASER) indicate that our children are not picking up these skills adequately. What can be the reasons?

Sunil Sah

Education is the process of making children strong and sensitive human beings so that they can lead a meaningful life. They should be able to work for the betterment of society and see their role in bringing positive changes globally. So, every teacher should be aware of the fact that while the child in his/her class is an individual, she/he is also a part of the society and needs to develop accordingly.

Sonia Khudanpur

In the early days, visiting government schools in Rudraprayag, I would experiment with many language teaching methods that until then, we had only read and talked about. Of these, storytelling was always a hit. I have seen small but consistently positive results with storytelling on children – from engaging the attention, developing an interest in books, to awakening the desire to express through talk or writing.

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