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Parley is a weekly podcast from The Hindu that takes a nuanced approach to discussing current topics by bringing together experts who approach the topic from different angles.

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Parley is a weekly podcast from The Hindu that takes a nuanced approach to discussing current topics by bringing together experts who approach the topic from different angles.

    Can the NEP aid access to universal education?

    Can the NEP aid access to universal education?

    The new National Education Policy (NEP), approved by the Union Cabinet last week, seeks to align itself with the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all in the next 20 years. The policy has brought into its ambit children in the age group of 3 to 18 years. There are concerns that the policy abandons the state’s commitments under the RTE Act.

    Additional Reading: The Hindu Explains | What has the National Education Policy 2020 proposed?

    Guests: Leena Chandran Wadia, senior consultant in the Kasturirangan Committee. 

    Anita Rampal, former Dean, Faculty of Education, at Delhi University.

    Host: D. Suresh Kumar, Deputy Resident Editor, The Hindu 

    • 33 min
    Should the government go easy on the telecom sector?

    Should the government go easy on the telecom sector?

    Following years of breathtaking subscriber growth, tele-density is showing signs of strain. Some telecom players are facing an existential crisis due to brutal competition and the government demanding unpaid dues. At the same time, investors of different hues are lining up to invest in the space, signalling a belief that the industry still holds prospects of juicy returns.

    In a conversation moderated by K. Bharat Kumar, former Chairman and Managing Director of VSNL B.K. Syngal  and International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore  professor V. Sridhar discuss what lies in store for the industry.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Can open book examinations offer an alternative?

    Can open book examinations offer an alternative?

    The Ministry of Human Resources Development’s insistence, based on new University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, that final year examinations in all universities and institutions be held in spite of the risk posed by COVID-19, has also led to a debate on open book examinations. Do open book examinations offer a way out of the student evaluation crisis thrown up by the pandemic?

    Guests: Yoginder K. Alagh, former Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Visiting Professor at the Department of Chemistry, IIT - Delhi

    Host: G. Ananthakrishnan,

    • 50 min
    Should the Gandhis disengage from the Congress?

    Should the Gandhis disengage from the Congress?

    Two Congress leaders discuss the role of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty and the future of the Party. These two guests have been part of the Congress Party, yet are not party insiders.

    Host: Varghese K George

    Guests: Kumar Ketkar, Rajya Sabha legislator

    Rajeev Gowda, who recently completed his first term as an MP in the Rajya Sabha

    • 34 min
    With app bans, is Internet freedom being sacrificed for national security?

    With app bans, is Internet freedom being sacrificed for national security?

    A discussion on the vulnerability of Internet freedom at a time of national security risks. This comes in the backdrop of the government’s decision to block 59 Chinese apps, something that followed the escalation of tensions at the border between the two countries. Host: Sriram Srinivasan, Strategy & Digital Editor, The Hindu
    Guests: Arghya Sengupta, Research Director at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy.
    Raman Chima, Asia Policy Director and Senior International Counsel at Access Now.

    • 39 min
    Should Ayurveda and other traditional medicine be subjected to scientific rigour?

    Should Ayurveda and other traditional medicine be subjected to scientific rigour?

    Patanjali Ayurveda’s claimed cure for COVID-19 has been criticised for making unsubstantiated claims of efficacy. However, can Ayurveda, or alternative medicine in general, be evaluated in the same way as modern medicine?
    Host: Jacob Koshy
    Guests:
    Dr. Bhavana Prasher, senior scientist at the CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology.
    Dr. S.P. Kalantri is a Professor at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha

    • 45 min

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