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Undergraduates in Lockdown — Sustaining Research Projects with CUBE Home Labs and chatShaala

Undergraduates in Lockdown — Sustaining Research Projects with CUBE Home Labs and chatShaala

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The pandemic and the consequent lockdown have disrupted classes and access to labs at educational institutions across the country. However, for the undergraduate students of the CUBE program, the lockdown has been a boon. Instead of losing hope, these students have set a precedent by finding creative ways to continue working and learning along with their peers by developing the CUBE home labs and the CUBE chatShaala

 

Online education in India — the good, the bad and the ugly!

Online education in India — the good, the bad and the ugly!

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Online education comes in shades of grey. In this article, educators, Prashanthi Karyala and Sarita Kamat, bring the voices of teachers, students and parents from across the country to the fore, as they highlight the good, the bad and the ugly faces of online education in India, and the need for inclusive education policies.

 

Adversity quotient In the era of the ​‘new normal’

Adversity quotient In the era of the ​‘new normal’

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Among the COVID-19 pandemic’s many consequences is its impact on students and early career researchers all over the country, who have had to face new and challenging adversities, including breaks in experimental work, having to adapt to online education modes, and uncertainty over their future careers. A panel discussion organised by the Department of Biochemistry, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, attempted to address some of these issues.

 

Online education, not a threat but a boon for higher education

Online education, not a threat but a boon for higher education

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The increasing demand for virtual learning is making information and communication technologies (ICTs) an integral aspect of higher education. In this article, Aparna Dixit, Assistant Professor at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi, shares her views on some of these technologies and how they can be used to enhance the learning experience of students.

 

Equitable Digital Education – Blockers and Enablers

Equitable Digital Education – Blockers and Enablers

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The push for digital mode of education in recent times has surfaced the ​‘digital divide’ that exists in our society. In this article, educator Charu Dogra Rawat and her former student, Pranjal Gupta, highlight the various roadblocks en route to equitable digital education, and the efforts that might bridge the divide.

 

Researchers in Lock-down : Breaking boundaries, building bridges

Researchers in Lock-down : Breaking boundaries, building bridges

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Mayuri Rege from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, writes about how the lockdown has transformed scientific networking, especially for those for whom international travel was always a barrier.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: Life BC and AD

Researchers in Lockdown: Life BC and AD

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IIn this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lockdown and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Shobhana Narasimhan, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Bengaluru writes about the process of adjusting to the new reality established by the pandemic.

 

Researchers in lockdown: Exploring science careers during the new normal

Researchers in lockdown: Exploring science careers during the new normal

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lockdown and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Zill e Anam from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, discusses how the pandemic provided her with an opportunity to carefully consider and explore the next steps in her career.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: Melodies and musings of a grad student

Researchers in Lockdown: Melodies and musings of a grad student

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lockdown and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Vanshika Singh from the National Brain Research Centre, Manesar, discusses how the synergy of music, literature, and neuroscience has helped her make her way through the pandemic months.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: Reinventing laboratory life

Researchers in Lockdown: Reinventing laboratory life

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Mintu Das from Gauhati University discusses how researchers can make the most of this period when normal laboratory work may have ground to a halt

 

Researchers in Lockdown: COVID-19 as an opportunity to redefine our research problems

Researchers in Lockdown: COVID-19 as an opportunity to redefine our research problems

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Ashutosh K Singh writes about how the pandemic should inform our research directions, especially when it comes to finding innovative solutions to new problems.

 

Researchers in Lockdown: (Not) Sitting back… looking ahead!

Researchers in Lockdown: (Not) Sitting back… looking ahead!

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In this new series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Geetanjali Sundaram, an Assistant Professor from the University of Calcutta writes about her experience of mentoring students during the lock-down.