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...In an interview with Adarsh Jain in Australia, Dornan talks about her partnership with India and how hearing impairment can be tackled among Indian children How would you take this achievement forward? I have worked with deaf children and their parents about 35 years and established Hear and Say as a not for profit programme in Queensland in 1992. We now support some 900 children at any one time. We have a duty of care to share what we know: newborn hearing screening for every baby, early fitting of appropriate hearing technology (before six months of age), and an education approach that focuses on training the child’s brain to interpret speech sounds, and develop speech. ...TOI on Nov. 1, 2017, 7 a.m.
...But a competitive exam shattered her dreams of being a doctor — she could barely score 86 in NEET. Why? Academics blame it on the faulty school education curriculum of Tamil Nadu that promotes rote learning among students. There are many like Anitha across the state who despite scoring high in state board exams have performed poorly in entrance examination and higher education. Experts say it is because the state government has never really considered revamping the school education system. Politically, both the DMK and the AIADMK are to be blamed for allowing rote learning to sustain for more than a decade in the state. It was the DMK that introduced Class XII scores as the sole criterion for admission into professional courses. The state decided to frame questions for board exams exclusively from school textbooks. The education department too issued a blueprint that listed the number of questions that will be asked from particular chapters. Full marks was given to students attempting ‘out-of-textbook’ questions. ...TOI on Sept. 4, 2017, 7 a.m.
...“The number of takers for pure science courses from southern states has dropped in the past 10 years compared to that before 2005,” says an IIT professor. Jalaja Madan Mohan, head, technical coordination and public awareness, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research says most of the students who take up science courses at the department of atomic energy (DCE) hail from states like Uttar Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. “The rat race to be engineers and doctors in TN is a factor why we don’t see many students taking up pure sciences. ...TOI on May 9, 2017, 7 a.m.
...On top of that, a recent UGC order that allows deemed universities to create their own merit list from the pool of applications provides room for unscrupulous managements to favour capitation fee paying student over others, say, parents. V Ramasubbu, a private bank employee, has applied at three private institutions for his son “Without a merit list framed by the state government or the CBSE, it is tough to believe the admission process that private universities will follow,” he says. “How will I know if my son is being given admission in the order of the score secured by candidates in NEET?” he asks. On September 15, the UGC asked 123 deemed universities to come out with an intra-merit list to carry out the admissions. ...TOI on Sept. 21, 2016, 7 a.m.