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Improving the quality of higher education

Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:11 AM IST

While India’s target remains 6% of its Gross Domestic Product, the budgetary allocation hovers around 3.1%, within which the spending on higher education has been particularly low

While multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning suggest an overhaul of today’s higher education system, it is, in fact, a circle back to our roots (Hindustan Times)
While multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary learning suggest an overhaul of today’s higher education system, it is, in fact, a circle back to our roots (Hindustan Times)
ByPramath Raj Sinha

RBI needs to remain vigilant on inflation

Inflation in India is on a downward trajectory, yet RBI must be cautious. Low and stable inflation creates a favourable environment for growth. High, sustained inflation hurts the poorer sections the most

While the central bank has been tightening monetary policy from May 2022, increasing the repo rate to 6.25%, it now needs to indicate when it expects inflation to reach the target level of 4% and what its plan of action is to bring this about, mainly to break the persistence of core inflation (MINT)
While the central bank has been tightening monetary policy from May 2022, increasing the repo rate to 6.25%, it now needs to indicate when it expects inflation to reach the target level of 4% and what its plan of action is to bring this about, mainly to break the persistence of core inflation (MINT)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 03:49 PM IST
ByRajeswari Sengupta

Water we save now will matter in times to come

According to the NITI Aayog’s Composite Water Management Index, 600 million people are affected by the water problem. In the next eight years, our needs will more than double. How will this demand be met?

Nature is sending us warnings. We must revolutionise all aspects of our water usage, including daily use. Water is essential for survival. We must learn to value every drop of it. (Hindustan Times)
Nature is sending us warnings. We must revolutionise all aspects of our water usage, including daily use. Water is essential for survival. We must learn to value every drop of it. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:16 AM IST

Death sentencing law in India needs a rethink

Developments on the death penalty expose the inconsistent and judge-centric approaches to capital sentencing that the current state of the fuzzy law allows. This matter of life and death requires urgent prioritisation by the apex court

The SC’s acquittal of five people in three death penalty cases last year raises serious questions about the legal system’s ability to administer the death penalty without putting innocent lives at risk. (Shutterstock)
The SC’s acquittal of five people in three death penalty cases last year raises serious questions about the legal system’s ability to administer the death penalty without putting innocent lives at risk. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:58 AM IST

Just Like That | Notes on capturing India's layers, in written word and pictures

On studying India in all its, sometimes paradoxical, glory in my books; and French ambassador Emmanuel Lenain's photo exhibition. And a side-bar on the middle class on Budget Day

The Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi has a statue of the ancient god of wealth, Kubera, at its entrance. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Reserve Bank of India building in New Delhi has a statue of the ancient god of wealth, Kubera, at its entrance. (Wikimedia Commons)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Apply a gendered lens to disaster management

Serious thought must also be given to imparting skills to women on how best they can deal with disasters to minimise trauma and risk.

Neither women nor the specific problems faced by them feature in our one-size-fits-all policies. (ANI)
Neither women nor the specific problems faced by them feature in our one-size-fits-all policies. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:57 AM IST

Why R-Day’s Beating Retreat saddened me

What is fixed in my memory are the retreating bands, climbing Raisina Hill. As they reached the crest, the sun would start to set. It made everyone gasp with delight. Alas, much of that is history.

Beating Retreat is a military ceremony that possibly began in the 17th century when James II was King of England. It was intended to signal the end of battle. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Beating Retreat is a military ceremony that possibly began in the 17th century when James II was King of England. It was intended to signal the end of battle. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:45 AM IST

India’s values, culture can lead the world in science

India took on a key position on the world stage by assuming the presidency of the G20. This year, the country will aim to provide leadership to a group of countries that comprises 85% of the world’s GDP and 60% of its population. Doing so will require vision, determination, and courage. Over the next few weeks, top leaders and experts from across sectors will weigh in on how to spark transformative global change. Today, Vivek Wadhwa writes on the strides that research can make in India

India’s leadership of G20 comes at an opportune time. The world is suffering from widespread inequality and an industrially induced climate crisis, and India has the ability to solve such global problems without creating more of them. As the PM said, India is brimming with enthusiasm in science and tech, with its youngsters leveraging the power of science to make our planet better. (HT Photo)
India’s leadership of G20 comes at an opportune time. The world is suffering from widespread inequality and an industrially induced climate crisis, and India has the ability to solve such global problems without creating more of them. As the PM said, India is brimming with enthusiasm in science and tech, with its youngsters leveraging the power of science to make our planet better. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 04, 2023 07:53 PM IST

Policies and People | Solar Decathlon India: Pushing real estate to go green

The decarbonisation of the real estate sector is key for India to attain its net-zero goals. But India doesn’t have enough workers to design and build climate-resilient buildings. Solar Decathlon India trying to bridge this gap.

Homes and workplaces are our first defence against the impacts of the climate crisis, such as heat waves, storms, and floods. India needs climate-resilient, net-zero-energy and water buildings to achieve our 2030 and 2070 goals. (Shutterstock)
Homes and workplaces are our first defence against the impacts of the climate crisis, such as heat waves, storms, and floods. India needs climate-resilient, net-zero-energy and water buildings to achieve our 2030 and 2070 goals. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:37 AM IST

Sustainability is a key focus area for India at G20

India is leading the world in transitioning to a low-carbon economy and is well-poised to take forward PM Modi’s LiFE initiative. India’s presidency will share, collaborate, and build on the sense of trusteeship among the member-countries to build a sustainable future for all

India has emerged as a country with the fastest growing RE capacity globally. This has also made it the most attractive investment destination for RE. These efforts are helping India meet its needs while contributing to global efforts at reducing CO2 emissions (Shutterstock)
India has emerged as a country with the fastest growing RE capacity globally. This has also made it the most attractive investment destination for RE. These efforts are helping India meet its needs while contributing to global efforts at reducing CO2 emissions (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 09:27 PM IST
ByRK Singh

Controlling gun crimes needs social reset in US

Compared to democracies such as Australia, Britain, New Zealand and South Africa?, which had gun massacre incidents of their own but managed to legislate and reduce the supply of weapons, the US is more extreme in terms of corporate power, social fragmentation and ideological schisms

This chronic failure to regulate availability of assault weapons, despite the mounting toll of victims and the psychological grief, is a function of excess free market capitalism, ideological polarisation and the lingering effects of centuries of slavery and racial discrimination (AFP)
This chronic failure to regulate availability of assault weapons, despite the mounting toll of victims and the psychological grief, is a function of excess free market capitalism, ideological polarisation and the lingering effects of centuries of slavery and racial discrimination (AFP)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:52 AM IST

When libraries become a safe place for children

Karnataka had a head-start as one of the earliest states, along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala, to have a public libraries act. In 2019, it decentralised 5,623 rural libraries and handed them over to the panchayats

Across the state, 2.8 million kids now have library cards. Senior citizens, self-help groups, and accredited social health activists are all welcome (Namita Bhandare)
Across the state, 2.8 million kids now have library cards. Senior citizens, self-help groups, and accredited social health activists are all welcome (Namita Bhandare)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:59 AM IST

First Principles | How to disconnect from work (but read the caveat)

With work-from-home blurring the boundaries of office hours, countries are stepping in to help workers disconnect from work. But veterans have one piece of advice: Do this only if you can afford it.

With layoffs happening all over, most people feel caught in a bind and hear two conflicting narratives. The first has it that you do whatever it takes to hold on to your job. The second is that overworking is detrimental to people's mental health. (Shutterstock)
With layoffs happening all over, most people feel caught in a bind and hear two conflicting narratives. The first has it that you do whatever it takes to hold on to your job. The second is that overworking is detrimental to people's mental health. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 10:42 AM IST

Attempts to destabilise a growing India won’t work

The perpetrators of the Gujarat riots have been adequately handled by local police and the crime investigation department, as well as the courts. So, where is the relevance of the BBCdocumentary?

The SIT did a meticulous and fair job for 14 years and submitted regular progress reports to the Supreme Court, which often expressed satisfaction over the reports submitted, and recently closed the monitoring part of it. (ANI)
The SIT did a meticulous and fair job for 14 years and submitted regular progress reports to the Supreme Court, which often expressed satisfaction over the reports submitted, and recently closed the monitoring part of it. (ANI)
Published on Feb 02, 2023 07:21 PM IST
ByRakesh Asthana

Education, a guiding light for a shared vision of G20

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, a philosophical document, is based on the foundational principles of access, equity, quality, affordability, and accountability

Regarding skills, the world is witnessing transformative trends of demographic transitions and technological changes such as Industry 4.0, Web 3.0, and extended reality technology that will bring changes to jobs in the future (Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times/Representative Image)
Regarding skills, the world is witnessing transformative trends of demographic transitions and technological changes such as Industry 4.0, Web 3.0, and extended reality technology that will bring changes to jobs in the future (Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times/Representative Image)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 07:23 PM IST
ByDharmendra Pradhan

With ICET, India and US open the tech gates

While driven by mutual strategic convergence, ICET’s net beneficiary is India. But it is not a deal. It is a process that creates opportunities

Just getting these commitments on paper is a remarkable diplomatic win, but a win that by all accounts didn’t require contestation. DC is listening to Delhi, exemplified in the warmth with which it received Ajit Doval. (ANI)
Just getting these commitments on paper is a remarkable diplomatic win, but a win that by all accounts didn’t require contestation. DC is listening to Delhi, exemplified in the warmth with which it received Ajit Doval. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 09:25 PM IST

An Amrit Kaal road map for India to achieve glory

This year’s Budget is a document with a futuristic vision. The government has listed seven priorities (saptarishi) that will guide policymaking on the road to 2047

The last full-fledged Budget before the general elections next year has resisted being populist, and the government must be applauded for it (Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
The last full-fledged Budget before the general elections next year has resisted being populist, and the government must be applauded for it (Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 11:53 PM IST
ByGopal Krishna Agarwal

A growth push, and a nudge to salaried class

The finance minister has done well to stick to the path of fiscal consolidation, but whether people will move to new default tax regime will depend on some factors

The 7.5% interest rate, given in the one-time small savings scheme aimed at women — the Mahila Samman Savings Certificate – with a limit of <span class='webrupee'>?</span>2 lakh for two years, is meant to incentivise the move to the formal financial sector for women who are still wary of banks, typically in small towns and rural India (REUTERS)
The 7.5% interest rate, given in the one-time small savings scheme aimed at women — the Mahila Samman Savings Certificate – with a limit of ?2 lakh for two years, is meant to incentivise the move to the formal financial sector for women who are still wary of banks, typically in small towns and rural India (REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 07:37 AM IST
ByMonika Halan

In huge capex bet, an audacity of hope

The FM has been audacious to attempt to strike this difficult balance in India’s $3 trillion economy amid such enormous global uncertainty and headwinds

Increasing capex is a welcome directional shift in expenditure management. The debate is about the levels and the rate of such increases, and at what cost (HT PHOTO)
Increasing capex is a welcome directional shift in expenditure management. The debate is about the levels and the rate of such increases, and at what cost (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 07:39 AM IST

Nightwatchman’s Budget ahead of elections

Why has the government not done anything to alleviate the pain of this K-shaped recovery? There can be only two logical answers to this question. Either the government is convinced that there is no such crisis, or it does not see the need to act immediately on these concerns

Much is written about India being the fastest growing major economy in the world. However, a 6%-7% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for a country like India is nothing to boast of, given the larger challenge of improving living standards. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Much is written about India being the fastest growing major economy in the world. However, a 6%-7% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth for a country like India is nothing to boast of, given the larger challenge of improving living standards. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 07:40 AM IST

Welfare spending cut could pose significant livelihood challenges

In re-prioritising expenditure with its big push on capex, the finance minister is taking a bet on the Indian economy, one that, for the moment, has significant risks for the livelihoods of India’s poor and vulnerable. Let’s hope it pays off

Welfare has now been relegated to the margins of government spending (Hindustan Times)
Welfare has now been relegated to the margins of government spending (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 07:42 AM IST

A big boost to consumption and infrastructure in the Budget

Union Budget 2023-24 is a landmark, growth-oriented budget which not only took steps to ensure India’s continued macro stability, but also amply rewarded the consumer for her faith in the Indian growth miracle.

On Wednesday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ably stepped up to the task and delivered. (Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
On Wednesday, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman ably stepped up to the task and delivered. (Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 11:42 PM IST
ByKumar Mangalam Birla

In an uncertain world, a compassionate Budget

The document provides a clear vision for India at 100, with inclusivity and prosperity as central facets. Further, while acknowledging external headwinds, it pushes for domestic growth drivers to spur development.

The focus of the budget has transitioned from facilitating recovery of the Covid-affected economy in the last two years to laying down tracks for increasing economies of scale and ensuring long-term growth (PTI)
The focus of the budget has transitioned from facilitating recovery of the Covid-affected economy in the last two years to laying down tracks for increasing economies of scale and ensuring long-term growth (PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 03:09 AM IST
BySuman Bery

In a new-age world of work, address key systemic issues

One key issue today is the changing nature of work and terms of employment, particularly the skill gap, which has been aggravated by a few mega-trends such as the advancement of digital technology, demographic changes and green transition

The Covid-19 pandemic strengthened the idea of working from home, while other new forms of work emerged, spurred by technology. (Representative Image)
The Covid-19 pandemic strengthened the idea of working from home, while other new forms of work emerged, spurred by technology. (Representative Image)
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 07:53 PM IST
ByArti Ahuja

India unshackled from Pakistan is good news

A mix of marginalisation, mobilisation and militarisation has helped Delhi take away a key facet of Pakistan’s outreach, allowing India to be more ambitious on the regional and global stage

The more India has ignored Pakistan, the shriller has been the response from the Pakistani leadership. But the results of the Indian policy response are evident in Delhi making new space in the global hierarchy. (Shutterstock)
The more India has ignored Pakistan, the shriller has been the response from the Pakistani leadership. But the results of the Indian policy response are evident in Delhi making new space in the global hierarchy. (Shutterstock)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 08:03 AM IST

In Myanmar, Delhi adopts a cautious stance with junta

In context of the second anniversary of Myanmar’s February 2021 coup, it is important to keep this history in mind when making sense of India’s handling of the coup’s after-effects.

The overall calculation is that the junta is far from collapsing, and the resistance far from united. In consequence, India can’t afford to lose access to Naypyidaw. (Reuters)
The overall calculation is that the junta is far from collapsing, and the resistance far from united. In consequence, India can’t afford to lose access to Naypyidaw. (Reuters)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 07:31 PM IST
ByAvinash Paliwal

Industry status will give the real estate sector a boost

Once this sector gets the industry tag, it can have a different development plan that addresses its demands and requirements

Once this sector gets the industry tag, it can have a different development plan that addresses its demands and requirements, such as getting loans at favourable rates. (MINT)
Once this sector gets the industry tag, it can have a different development plan that addresses its demands and requirements, such as getting loans at favourable rates. (MINT)
Published on Jan 31, 2023 04:49 PM IST
ByManit Rastogi

The Taste With Vir: Pathaan, boycott calls and its impact on Modi government

Some of the joy that has greeted Pathaan’s success comes from some national desire to make up to Shah Rukh for the way in which he and his family have suffered. We know that Shah Rukh has done nothing wrong: He is just collateral damage in a political and ideological battle.

Shah Rukh Khan in Pathaan.
Shah Rukh Khan in Pathaan.
Updated on Jan 31, 2023 10:23 AM IST
By, Delhi

How PLI is creating a growth ecosystem

The industry’s positive response to the scheme is likely to upgrade the labour force’s skills, replace old machinery, enhance production volumes and make logistics and operations efficient, giving India a chance to become a key manufacturing player

The PLI scheme for large-scale electronics manufacturing (LSEM) saw successful results, with 97% of mobile phones sold in India now being made here. As of September, the PLI scheme for LSEM attracted investments of <span class='webrupee'>?</span>4,784 crore and generated 41,000 additional jobs (Shutterstock)
The PLI scheme for large-scale electronics manufacturing (LSEM) saw successful results, with 97% of mobile phones sold in India now being made here. As of September, the PLI scheme for LSEM attracted investments of ?4,784 crore and generated 41,000 additional jobs (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 30, 2023 08:07 PM IST
ByParameswaran Iyer

Budget: Focus on the quality of expenditure

India judiciously refrained from a large demand-side fiscal stimulus even during the pandemic by focusing on more public capex to build the supply side. It is important to continue with that theme in the FY24 budget

To start with, high-frequency growth indicators are doing reasonably well. Our combined index from these indicators, called Growth Activity Tracker for India (GATI), shows that even after a slight moderation in the last couple of months, the growth momentum is now close to the pre-pandemic average. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
To start with, high-frequency growth indicators are doing reasonably well. Our combined index from these indicators, called Growth Activity Tracker for India (GATI), shows that even after a slight moderation in the last couple of months, the growth momentum is now close to the pre-pandemic average. (Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 08:04 PM IST
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