Global Online Education Trends and its import for India

[Editor’s Note: This is the first of a 2/3-part series on online education trends and what it means for India. Part 2 will look at trends in the online high school and higher education verticals.] A young girl’s illustrated primer Science fiction novelists must be among the underappreciated visionaries of our times. A strong diet …

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Five Amazing Things about The Ugly Indian

This post marks a “first” — reproduced almost entirely (with a few edits and formatting) from a comment I posted to this New York Times article on my favorite community organization (The Ugly Indian). There are so many things amazing about The Ugly Indian that it behooves us to highlight the most important. Attitude Change: …

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Top Takeaways from Banerjee and Duflo’s Poor Economics

If you’ve been following this blog for sometime, you know that I consider Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo’s Poor Economics as a bible of sorts — to understand poverty, understand the psyche and motivations of the extremely poor, and the power of Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) to fairly assess efficacy of anti-poverty programs. Several posts …

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India’s Largest Social Enterprise Creates India Inclusive Innovation Fund

(Lest you miss my tongue-in-cheek title, India’s Largest Social Enterprise = Indian Government) If you’ve been following Dr. Sam Pitroda’s movements, you’d know that he was appointed the Chairman of a newly formed National Innovation Council in Sep 2010. During his keynote at Sankalp Forum (May 2011), Pitroda announced the government’s intent to create a …

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Borrowing from MFI to save for daughter’s dowry?

SKS Microfinance Ltd, India’s largest and only listed microlender, said its losses widened in the second quarter from the preceding three months as repayment rates in Andhra Pradesh, its biggest market, plunged after a local law restricted lending and recovery. The Hyderabad-based lender posted a loss of Rs. 384.54 crore in the three months ended …

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My thoughts on Bangalore’s First Water Hackathon

It’s not often that one is satisfied about an event even before it has occurred. As I drove to IIIT-B (host to Bangalore’s first water hackathon) on a Sunday afternoon, I felt precisely that. A hackathon on water and sanitation… Finally… in India. I allowed myself a goofy smile. Close on the heels of the …

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