They said it in October

“Teacher education programmes should underline active engagement in public life, and dispositions and sensibilities for living in plural societies with a commitment to social cohesion and solidarity.”

Seema Sarohe, assistant professor of education, University of Delhi on the role of teacher education programmes (Economic and Political Weekly, October 6)

“Yes, we are broken. We are now mere employees, not self-reflexive, autonomous, dignified teachers and researchers. Mr. vice-chancellor, it seems, this is your victory. Celebrate it at the cost of the fall of an iconic institution.”

Avijit Pathak, professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University (thewire.in, October 8)

“It is a bit preposterous that the finance ministry’s statement complains that the quality of education figures are the result of test scores taken in only two states (Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu). I do not recall the ministry complaining about the Ease of Doing Business Ranking’s methodology which is based on data taken from only two cities (Delhi and Mumbai).”

Diego Maiorano, research fellow, National University of Singapore on the BJP/NDA government’s dismissal of the World Bank’s Human Capital Index (thewire.in, October 14)

“Race-conscious admissions is a limited tool, but it’s still a tool needed to recruit and retain racially diverse student bodies. I think if this case or another case leads to a nationwide ban on race-conscious admissions, everyone is going to lose out, including Asian Americans.”

Julie Park, Professor, University of Maryland, on the issue of race weightage in Harvard University admissions (Time, October 29)

“At 182 metres, the Statue of Unity is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty.”

Ranju Sarkar reporting on the inauguration of the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Kevadia, Gujarat (Business Standard, October 31)

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