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STEAM not STEM: Why scientists need arts training

In 1959, the British physicist and novelist C.P. Snow delivered a famously controversial lecture at Cambridge University. He described a post-war schism between two groups — scientists and the literary world. Snow identified this as a newly emergent divide, across which each party was more than happy to sneer at the other: Scientists proudly unable to quote a phrase of Shakespeare, and literary types untroubled by the second law of thermodynamics. Those divisions within the university seem now more deeply entrenched than ever before. And those working within the arts and the sciences face a third antagonist in society: Populism,…

Campus Connect: Rs.10 lakh+ packages, a possibility for industry-ready candidates

A look at prominent colleges in Pune to understand trends and influences on this season’s placements reveals a pattern where companies are looking for more specialised and interdisciplinary skill sets. Strong placements over the past several years have been serving as the backbone for engineering and management institutions across the country. A look at prominent colleges in Pune to understand trends and influences on this season’s placements reveals a pattern where companies are looking for more specialised and interdisciplinary skill sets. “The placement trend depends on the repute of the institute to a great extent. However, as compared to the…

Path-Breaking Atal Tinkering Labs: Why It Is Time For Course Correction

In the last week of December 2017, NITI Aayog announced a new list of 1,500 schools taking the total number of ATL schools (schools with Atal Tinkering Labs) to 2,500. At Rs 20 lakh per school, it represents a significant investment by the government of India in the school ecosystem and it is imperative that results in matching returns for all the stakeholders of the society. What Is An Atal Tinkering Lab? I have written in some detail, about the aims and objectives of an ATL, at least from the point of view of a neutral but interested outsider, in…

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