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All posts by Ankur Kakkar

Our New Education Policy: Progressive or Regressive?

What is common between Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs? To start with, they were creative geniuses and they loved science, music, and art. But the deeper connection between these luminaries is that their creativity was a product of the interaction between science and art. In fact, they did not see a conflict between their scientific and artistic tempers. This would seem surprising to many of us who have long believed in the dichotomy of science versus arts, logic versus creativity, or, left brain versus right brain. Now, the theory that people are either left-brained or right-brained is no longer accepted, even in scientific circles. Yet, it is precisely this idea that has shaped our education policy for over a century. The new education policy is a refreshing change in this respect. Read on to know why.

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Will Corona Virus cure our Colonial Hangover?

As the novel Corona Virus threatens to disrupt our lives, most of us are wary and pessimistic about what the future holds. But our traditional wisdom tells us that a moment of crisis is also a moment of transformation. This may be especially true in the domain of education that has witnessed a huge impact by the novel Corona Virus. Schools and colleges remain closed in almost all countries of the world and some fear that educational institutions will remain closed for a long time even after the lockdown is lifted. What are the solutions? Read on to know more.

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Did Schools Charge Fee in 19th Century?

The English education model made it compulsory for all schools to charge a fixed amount of monthly fees. But how did the old traditional schools sustain themselves before the British arrived in India? Read on to find out.

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One Teacher, One School – The Adam Report on Education in Bengal

How did Bengalis and Biharis educate their kids before the advent of English education? This article reveals some startling facts and shatters several myths about traditional education in northern and eastern India.

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Was Gujarat Educated in 19th Century?

We know that Gujaratis were great businessmen even before the British came to India. But few of us know the reason why Gujaratis kids have always been so smart in mathematics and business. Read on to find out.

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Did Brahmins have Monopoly on Education?

One of the most persistent leftist dogmas regarding Indian society is that Brahmin hegemony was ubiquitous and using their so-called 'favorable position', the Brahmins horribly discriminated against every section of the society. This charge is also laid in the field of education. It is claimed that Brahmins created a monopoly in education and did not let anyone else study, thus ensuring their perpetual servility. In this brilliant but brief article, Dr. Ankur Kakkar counters by producing reports of the British officials who conducted surveys on the state of education as it was prevalent in the 19th century.

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Were Indians Uneducated Before the British Arrived?

Because we believe that the British gave us railways, roads, parliamentary democracy and much more, we also tend to believe that the Englishman made us educated and civilised. It is a common belief that before the advent of British colonial rule, most Indians were not very well educated or that education was limited to a few privileged Brahmins. But what do historical records say?

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