Sunday, July 21, 2019

There’s more to it than meets the eye.

Debanjan Bhowmik, Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi For a long time, it wasn't clear to me why a stick...

Are you experiencing global weirding yet?

Krishna AchutaRao Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi On May 19 of 2016, India’s all-time temperature record was smashed when temperatures soared to 51°C in Phalodi,...

Perseverance and Practice – A letter from Prof. Kiran Seth

To my dear student, When I go to teach a class today there are, largely speaking, two types of responses which I get. The first...

Six Ideas of the University & Six Universities at which I have been


Almost two hundred years ago, Thomas Carlyle wrote with magisterial certitude: “The true university of these days is a collection of books”.

Carlyle believed that the rise of print technology and the drive towards mass education in the western world had weakened the idea of the authoritative teacher. The ‘heroes’ of his time, he argued, were writers, not teachers, and aspiring students could go directly to books as repositories of learning.

Is the Internet, then, the ‘true university’ of the 21s t century?