Ignorance, skepticism keep people from taking vaccine booster dose

Say people got Covid even after taking two doses Many residents of Karnataka are not keen on taking the booster dose of the Covid vaccine. High price of the dose, decreasing fear of Covid, ignorance and skepticism are the probable reasons, experts say. Raunak Sharma, 21, who hasn’t taken the booster dose, informed The Observer: “People are […]

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Covid cases dip, masks on Metro premises & trains become rare

We have not eased curbs, says BMRCL  A crowd of commuters enters Namma Metro stations, many of them with either no masks or their masks hanging on their chins. Sanitizer and thermal screening stations at the entrances remain unused for the most part. Trains are so packed that there is hardly any space to move. But masks […]

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Many government schools in Bengaluru do not have functional libraries

Library in school? What’s that? Many primary schools in Bengaluru still do not have functional libraries despite it being compulsory in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. Rohit Venugopal, 10, does not know what a library is because his school doesn’t have one.  “We have our textbooks and notebooks. I don’t think we have a […]

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Students find entrance exams a tough nut to crack

Tough tests are diminishing their hopes, say students Shristi Sharma, 21, a student, has given CAT twice, but wasn’t able to score the required percentile to clear the exam. She feels demotivated as all her friends are now pursuing their masters, whereas she’s still trying to crack the exam to secure admission to a reputed […]

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Government’s promise of Braille books yet to see the light of the day

Many schools in Bengaluru unaware about the scheme  Bharathi Kokade, 15, a blind student studying at Sri Rakum school, Indiranagar, still learns from old Braille textbooks provided by her school. At the Divine Light School for the Blind, one Braille book is shared among five students. The promised Braille books and digital book banks never […]

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WFH during lockdowns raised mental stress among women

Had more work at home despite help from men. Women working from home had more workload than men during the pandemic-induced lockdowns, affecting their mental health, as per a study.  Deloitte’s study on the impact of pandemic on working women has revealed that 65 per cent of the surveyed women had shouldered greater responsibility than […]

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Bad mental health casts shadow on the rainbow flag

Stress of people with alternative sexuality rises The world came shattering for Umaima M, 19, a student living in Mumbai, when in May 2020 their parents gave them – Umaima’s preferred pronoun is “them”– an ultimatum and told them to leave the house. Gathering courage and some clothes, they called up their friend and asked him if […]

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VTU insistence on offline exams in Covid time spooks students

‘Our mental health affected as risk of infection prevails’ Students in Bengaluru forced to give offline exams even after weeks of resistance on Twitter against the same. When the third wave of Covid-19 hit Bengaluru in January, many MBBS and engineering students got anxious about the universities holding exams in the physical mode. K.M. Bhuvan Belliappa, […]

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Karnataka’s education sector struggles to adopt new normal

Teachers say they need to upgrade teaching methods Dr. Helen Roselin has been teaching Environmental Sciences at Mount Carmel College for many years. She loves to teach, but online teaching has made her hate her job. She feels she isn’t able to give her 100 percent to her students because she lacks technological know-how. “Virtual […]

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