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History of Science in Modern India -Part II

By D.C.V. Mallik (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Retd.) With inputs from Procheta C.V. Mallik Institution Building by Indians in India A more mundane necessity led to the spread of Western college education. The regions where the East India Company had firmly established their rule were to be administered effectively. New territories were being acquired rapidly. […]

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History of Science in Modern India -Part I

By D.C.V. Mallik (Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Retd.) With inputs from Procheta C.V. Mallik Beginning of Western Science & Education in India Background India has had a long scientific tradition going back to ancient times. Serious investigations in subjects like Astronomy, Mathematics, Medicine and Metallurgy were carried out over the centuries starting at pre-Vedic times. […]

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The Raman Effect and National Science Day

(Excerpts from the book, “K.S. Krishnan: his Life and Work”, by D.C.V. Mallik and S Chatterjee; Universities Press (2011)) Sitting under a deep blue sky, on the deck of the SS Narkunda, watching the blue opalescence of the Mediterranean Sea, Sir C.V. Raman was wondering about the mysterious qualities of light. It was September 1921 […]

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RYSI Award

It may sound clichéd, but science is a way of life. It is the logical, rational way of explaining things happening around us, and all over the universe at large. This is done by making guesses – hypotheses – and then by proving or disproving the hypothesis through experiments, measurements and observations. Based on the […]

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Zone of Proximal Development and Scaffolding

Teachers across the world do often ponder what kind of instruction is optimal for a child. This is something that has puzzled developmental psychologists since a century. The relationship between specific subject-matter instruction and its consequences for psychological development was a problem that development psychologist Lev Vygotsky (circa 1930s) sought to address and came with […]

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Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

During adolescence, parents will notice changes in the way their child interacts with family, friends and peers. These changes indicate that the child is forming an independent identity and evolving to be an adult. Seeking more independence, exploring new experiences, developing an individual set of morals and values, vulnerability to peer influences, risk-taking behaviour, showing […]

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The Second Machine Age

The First Machine Age, also called the Industrial Age was all about automation of manual labour and horse-powered machines.  It started in the 17th century and progressed on a massive scale until the last few decades of the 20th century.  The impact was profound – science and technology advanced like never before – it helped […]

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Growth Mindset

Dr. Dweck’s research showed how a person’s mindset builds the platform for either fixed or growth mindset. A student with a Fixed mindset will be more conscious about looking smart all the time and avoid challenging work. However, a student with a Growth mindset will pursue interesting and challenging tasks in order to learn more. […]

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Key Life Skills

The purpose of academic education is to equip students to stand on their own feet, and the path to it could be a job or an entrepreneurial venture. Life Skills perfectly dovetail into this need by preparing the students for the challenges of the fast-paced rapidly-changing 21st century.  Evidence-based research all over the world points […]

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