April 24, 2023

The Joshimath Plight: A Call for Conserving the Dwindling Third Pole

The towering mountains of the Hindu Kush – Himalayas that formed 50 million years ago, host legacies from the birth of Buddha and the invasion of Alexander the Great. They also represent the geographical identity of South Asia housing some […]
April 18, 2023

Spearheading Digital Futures for Sustainable Development: The G20 Agenda

Inclusive growth relies heavily on the degree of digital penetration, making digital futures and sustainable development deeply interconnected. Development in the digital sphere is crucial to attaining SDG targets through resilient Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) in which India is a […]
April 13, 2023

Embedding EdTech in Higher Education Institutions

The pandemic posed several challenges to the education sector. Despite these, the whole education sector carried on unscathed, thanks to educational technologies and digital facilities. Educational technologies offer myriad benefits to all stakeholders and enhance the overall capacity of higher […]
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 […]
March 1, 2023

#EndEmploymentBias | Women & Jobs in Kerala’s Hospitality Industry: End Employment Bias

Due to the fact that the tourism and hospitality sector contributes 1.5 million jobs to Kerala, legal barriers that prevent women from working in the sector have an adverse effect on their economic freedom and right to equal status and […]
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 […]