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Since the pandemic struck about two years ago, more than 150 million students have entered India’s EdTech sector. Aggressive marketing and an impression of ‘excellence’, created by the EdTech companies, have fired the aspirations of Indian parents who have been drawn to it in droves.

However, as The Bastion explains, the students’ experience, and the quality of education they have received, have belied the promises made in the slick advertisements and marketing of the companies. Therefore, the time has come, it says, for the government to institute a regulatory framework that protects the interests of all stakeholders in the sector, particularly students, parents and teachers.

The Centre and the states have been seeking to push local entrepreneurship and start-ups in the small towns and villages of India through subsidised loan schemes – Mudra, One District One Product, etc. However, ThePrint travels to Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut and finds that far from the ambitions, the effort is floundering amidst stringent bank requirements, paucity of business skills and a lack of demand.

The State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) acts as the guardian of a state’s environmentally protected areas. However, in January last year, Karnataka’s SBWL decided to reject a proposal from the forest department to recognise Hesaraghatta -- a lush grassland and lake on Bengaluru’s north-western edge -- as a conservation reserve. Article 14 investigates and finds that appointments to the wildlife board have been arbitrary and motivated – "an MLA’s son, a mining baron, a paediatrician"!

And, seven months after the eviction drive in Assam’s Sipajhar district, which killed two and left several injured in September last year, EastMojo reports how close to 1,500 families evicted are struggling and staring at an uncertain future.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


Sunil Rajshekhar

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It’s Time to Regulate India’s EdTech Sector

With the pandemic accelerating the growth of the EdTech industry in India, The Bastion analyses the importance of laws specifically for the sector, to safeguard the interests of the many stakeholders.

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In Meerut, ‘startup culture’ means hard-to-get loans, low demand, misplaced hope

Initiatives to encourage ‘startup culture’ and self-employment outside of the metros are not going exactly as planned. ThePrint reports from UP’s Meerut.

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Friends, Family & Favours: Why The Karnataka Wildlife Board Refused To Create A Protected Area

Article 14 reports from Karnataka on how appointments to the State Board for Wildlife are politically influenced which, in turn, has adversely impacted the decisions of the Board in protecting sensitive and critical environment zones.

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Sipajhar eviction: Tagged as encroachers, Dholpur evictees struggle for survival and identity

EastMojo reports how the 1,481 families evicted from Dholpur in Assam in September last year are struggling without assistance and are now left to fend for themselves.

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The Art And The Artist: The Situation Of Weavers In Santipur Of West Bengal
Feminsim in India delves into the paradoxical situation of the weavers in Santipur and Phulia in the Nadia district of West Bengal, whose handloom sarees are sold at a premium at retail outlets, but the weavers get a fraction of the monies in return.
When will India see a Landmark Ruling on Abortion?
Pointing out that India’s Apex Court only intervenes in abortion litigation in individual cases brought before it, Supreme Court Observer contends that the failure to recognise abortion as a right in India will have “grave implications” for women in accessing reproductive healthcare.
Private schools continue to dominate education scenario despite efforts to boost government schools' status in Manipur
The Manipur government’s efforts to raise the quality and status of the government schools in the state have made no headway as the private schools continue to grow and be preferred, Imphal Free Press reports.
कांद्याने केला शेतकऱ्यांचा वांदा; कवडीमोल दराने विक्री
Max Maharashtra reports on the plight of farmers who have planted onions in the Sangamner Taluka of the state. The farmers lament that while the input costs of fertilisers, cultivation and labour have gone up sharply, the market price of onions has slumped to Rs 5 to 10 per kg.

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