April 13, 2023

Vietnam Drives Energy Transition in Mekong

Vietnam has taken a major step forward towards its 2050 Net Zero Commitment. In December 2022, it joined the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) with the International Partners Group (IPG) comprising the EU, the UK, the United States, France, Germany, […]
March 24, 2023

Kochi fire must be an eye-opener for cities, state governments

Waste management systems are often failing in India, the latest example being the land dump at Brahmapuram in Ernakulam District, Kerala. The land dump of Kochi Municipal Corporation (KMC) located at Brahampuram, about 20 km away from the city, caught […]
March 20, 2023

State of Kerala State Budget for 2023-24

The Kerala Budget for the year 2023-24 aims to “improve the standard of living of the people and create a sustainable and modern ‘Nava Kerala’ (New Kerala).” The state says that in the past year, more than one lakh new […]
March 15, 2023

New Guidelines bets on APJ Abdul Kalam’s Bio-Digester Technologies for decentralised solutions to manage sewage wastewater in Tamil Nadu

The changing public policies related to waste management has been widespread across states in India including Tamil Nadu. The government authorities were always urged to recognise the increasing pollution issues and diseases caused by it to find effective technological solutions. […]
March 13, 2023

Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC): Prospects and Challenges

The Code of Conduct in the South China Sea (COC) has been languishing since the last two decades, and ASEAN Member States have not been able to extract a legally binding document from China. Consequently there is widespread pessimism among […]
March 1, 2023

How Chatbots Can Transform the Quality of Interpersonal Engagement

Chatbots such as Bard and ChatGPT are the new toys on the block that seem to be hogging the  attentional bandwidth of people of all ages. From helping students complete assignments to  answering questions about the Bhagavad Gita these chat […]
February 28, 2023

Regulating that Third Arm: Pointers from the tech past and present

Regulating AI technology has proved to be highly challenging for a variety of reasons including the sheer speed of its development, differing viewpoints within the tech stakeholder ecosystem and a notable non-uniformity in its deployment context, owing to the immense […]
February 23, 2023

Road & Railways : The Key to Mobility

India has a large and diverse transportation sector which caters to the needs of more than a billion people.The sector contributed around 6% towards the nation’s GDP. Mobility is one of the driving factors of progress and is necessary to […]
February 23, 2023

The Pushbutton Path to Tech Transparency?

Pushbuttons have been working their magic since the late 1800s. From doorbells, elevators, remote controls, flight dashboards and intercoms to Hollywood escape panels and trapdoors, the tiny human-machine interface has been an equal opportunity enabler. And yet when this packet […]
February 14, 2023

Strengthening Doctoral Program: Going beyond UGC Ph.D. Regulations 2022

The University Grants Commission (UGC) recently notified its latest Regulations 2022 to award the Ph.D. degree program. Some far-reaching changes have been introduced. and the removal of mandatory research publication and Ph.D. admission to four-year undergraduates with a one-year degree […]
February 13, 2023

What women gain from the Union Budget 2023-24?

Institutionalisation of the gender budget that started off in 2005, is still continued with an average of 4.6 percent of total expenditure being spent on issues relating to women over the past five years. The Gender budget statement of 2023 […]
February 8, 2023

തെരഞ്ഞെടുപ്പിലേക്ക് ഉറ്റുനോക്കുന്ന ബജറ്റ്; പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കാനും ഏറെ

ക​ഴി​ഞ്ഞ വ​ർ​ഷ​ങ്ങ​ളി​ലേ​തു​പോ​ലെ​ത്ത​ന്നെ മൂ​ല​ധ​ന ചെ​ല​വി​ന് മു​ൻ​തൂ​ക്കം കൊ​ടു​ക്കു​ന്ന​താ​ണ് ഇ​ത്ത​വ​ണ​ത്തെ​യും കേ​ന്ദ്ര ബ​ജ​റ്റ്. അ​ടി​സ്ഥാ​ന മേ​ഖ​ല വി​ക​സ​ന​ത്തി​നു​​വേ​ണ്ടി ഇ​ത്ത​വ​ണ മാ​റ്റി​വെ​ച്ചി​രി​ക്കു​ന്ന​ത് ജി.​ഡി.​പി​യു​ടെ 3.3 ശ​ത​മാ​ന​മാ​ണ്. ഒ​മ്പ​ത് സം​സ്ഥാ​ന​ങ്ങ​ളി​ലെ തെ​ര​ഞ്ഞെ​ടു​പ്പ് ന​ട​ക്കാ​നി​രി​ക്കു​ന്ന​തും പൊ​തു തെ​ര​ഞ്ഞെ​ടു​പ്പി​ന് മു​ന്നോ​ടി​യാ​യു​ള്ള അ​വ​സാ​ന ബ​ജ​റ്റ് എ​ന്ന നി​ല​യി​ലും മാ​ത്ര​മാ​ണ് ഇ​ത്ത​വ​ണ​ത്തെ ബ​ജ​റ്റ് പ്രാ​ധാ​ന്യം അ​ർ​ഹി​ക്കു​ന്ന​ത്. അ​ടി​സ്ഥാ​ന മേ​ഖ​ല​യി​ലെ വി​ക​സ​നം ചൂ​ണ്ടി​ക്കാ​ട്ടു​ന്ന​ത് തെ​ര​ഞ്ഞെ​ടു​പ്പി​ൽ വി​ജ​യ ഫോ​ർ​മു​ല​യാ​കു​ന്നു​വെ​ന്ന​തി​നാ​ൽ […]
February 8, 2023

Budget 2023’s focus on urban India is promising

The announcements made in the Union Budget 2023-24 are mostly on the expected lines. The trend towards increasing capital expenditure with every budget aligns with the mission projects previously announced. An increase in the outlay for the railways and coastal […]
February 7, 2023

The Future of Coal in India: Decarbonizing the oft-maligned resource

Coal is observed to be the single biggest contributor to anthropogenic climate change, with coal-based electricity being responsible for nearly 30 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In spite of the resource’s vast polluting potential, coal remains the most […]
February 7, 2023

Bigger Visions Could Fall Short: Analysing India’s 2023 Defence Budget

Promising for the middle class and focusing on fiscal consolidation at a time when inflationary and fiscal deficit trends are looming large, the Union Budget of the 2023-24 fiscal year is geared towards incentivising the domestic economy. The same could […]