The current crisis has necessitated school closures, the impact of which is being felt by millions of school-going children across India. The risks associated with the same for girls, however, are likely to be heightened, especially for girls from low-income and disadvantaged backgrounds. In this conversation with noted educationist Vimala Ramachandran, Shreeradha Mishra explores the nuances of the disproportionate impact of school closures on girls and discusses the role of effective policy-making and implementation to address the disruption caused by COVID-19 to the lives of school-going girls.
India’s fight against COVID-19 has been on for some time, yet, new ambiguities and uncertainties surface with the ever-evolving nature of the crisis. Sukanya Mukherjee in her article engages with the numerous challenges facing the Indian economy, the impact of the crisis and whether the policy responses have been robust.
With a doctor-patient ratio of 1:1248, and only 1.5 nurses available per thousand patients, India’s race to flatten the curve of the coronavirus pandemic is a steep uphill battle. The urgency of the situation calls for an immediate planning for effective capacity utilization of health professionals. Rhythm Behl illustrates two methods that can help.