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A HURDLE TOO HIGH?
A travesty of education
The 100 per cent cut-off in marks introduced by a Delhi College recently is indicative of the competitive nature of our education system, churning out products for the market rather than grooming students to be responsible members of civil society, feels award-winning writer VIKRAM KAPUR.


Irrational and demoralising?
Increasing the number of quality institutions may be one way out of the current impasse.

Systemic faults
The high cut-offs could make students select new but promising disciplines they wouldn't have considered before.

Skill vs. consistency
Cut-offs may be convenient but not adequate as writing an exam is merely a skill…
Interview


CONVERSATIONS
‘Some things only literature can do'
With her second novel, The Memory of Love, winning accolades, Aminatta Forna opens up about writing and more.

‘Music is my passion'
Sri Lankan musician Soundarie David, also a specialist in Intellectual Property Law, muses on how music touches every aspect of her life.


Travel

Shades of black in Kaziranga
A trip to this sanctuary is like a dream come true, and you will also start believing “If it's not here, it's nowhere; if it's anywhere, it is here….


Columns

THE OTHER HALF
By Kalpana Sharma
Eliminating the poor

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
By Mike Marqusee
The tricky business of county cricket


By Divya Sreedharan
Lighting up a beaten path

THE SHRINKING UNIVERSE
By Vijay Nagaswami
A pride well deserved

GOURMET FILES
By Vasundhara Chauhan
Chop, dice, pare, julienne...



Health

Turn off that TV
Does your child have virtual friends rather than real ones? It may be time to tune into your child.


THE GROWING YEARS
Play is children's work...
...said psychologist Edward Zigler. When will we realise the value of unfettered play time for our children?



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