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January 23, 2020
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Science For the People, Science With the People

In early January, at the 107th annual Indian Science Congress held in Bengaluru, the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India shared its draft policy on Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR), inviting discussion. As a leading country with a … Continue reading

February 11, 2019
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Count your Futures: Why Girls in India Should Study Maths

Enrolment of girls in engineering and science courses at university level is rather low, despite some recent attempts towards affirmative action by central and state governments. Girls studying science mostly prefer biology, not physics or mathematics. A recent survey done … Continue reading

December 19, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Transformative Partnerships: UNESCO & Its Chairs

On 10 December 2018, 73rd Human Rights Day, ten UNESCO Chairs in India met with UNESCO team (based in New Delhi) and the UNESCO Commission in India. It was a unique first moment – these Chairs had gathered together to … Continue reading

October 29, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Building Local Community

“We would like to embed engagement in our university’s DNA”, said Prof Peter Keller, Provost & Vice-President Academic of Simon Fraser University (SFU) last week. He was interacting with mentors of the UNESCO Chair’s Knowledge for Change (K4C) initiative. Coming … Continue reading

October 16, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Science, Spirituality And Satyagraha: Life and Times of G.D. Agarwal

G.D. Agarwal passed away on 11 October, after a four-month hunger strike to push the government to clean up the river Ganga. In this obituary, Rajesh Tandon remembers the man and the times he lived in. I first met Prof … Continue reading

April 3, 2018
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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In Search of Quality in Higher Education

Dr Rajesh Tandon, Co-Chair UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education “When free market competition substitutes for national vision of higher education, quality suffers a great deal…” In his inaugural keynote speech, Dr Munir Bashshur … Continue reading

December 28, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Reflections from K4C Canada Launch

"Innovative solutions for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can only be found through partnership research in local contexts", said Dr Budd Hall while opening a panel where the Canadian Commission of UNESCO co-convened a launch of Knowledge for Change (K4C) global … Continue reading

October 3, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Preparing Global Citizens

“Universities have abandoned their previous commitment to educating future citizens. In this world where globalisation of indifference is growing, universities must prepare their students as citizens who practice and value freedom, equality and solidarity,” said Dr Frederico Mayor, former Director-General … Continue reading

August 22, 2017
by Dr Rajesh Tandon
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Engaged Universities Embrace Diversity

Over the past year, university campuses around the world have witnessed conflicts and tensions being played out in the larger society around them. Anti-colonial struggles in independent South Africa have found echo on campuses in #RhodesNoMore. Afro-descendants in Colombia, Mexico … Continue reading

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