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West Bengal  /  Published 12.03.19

Calcutta University English course for tech students

Calcutta University will teach its BTech students how to communicate in English, develop “appropriate pronunciation” and maintain decorum to appear more employable to potential recruiters.The abse...
By Subhankar Chowdhury in College Street

Technology  /  Published 09.03.19

Google’s Bolo

From time to time, Google keeps launching meaningful apps, the latest being Bolo. It’s the company’s attempt at helping students in India to read in Hindi and English. Here’s what you should kno...
By Mathures Paul in

West Bengal  /  Published 21.02.19

English lessons for madarsa teachers in Calcutta

Rafia Ansari, 24, teaches at a madarsa in Ahmedabad. Most of her students are from poor families, some of them first-generation learners. Rafia, who has done a master’s in Urdu from Aligarh Muslim U...
By Debraj Mitra in Calcutta

Education  /  Published 04.02.19

Computers are becoming multilingual -- and NLP experts are in great demand

In the middle of the highway, my father turned to our car navigation system for directions. Before chalking out a route from Calcutta to Santiniketan, the system asked our language preference — woul...
By Madhura Banerjee in

Opinion  /  Published 29.01.19

The joy of texts: Tales of a book club

A couple of years ago a few of us started a book club, which meets twice every month. Unlike many (most?) book clubs, we decided not to have everyone read the same book and then discuss it (shades of ...
By Samantak Das in

World  /  Published 06.12.18

Merkel says shitstorm, Twitter goes into a tailspin

Some words can’t be translated easily. But they can cross national borders, lose their original context along the journey, assume different meanings and crop up in unlikely places.This week, Chancel...
By New York Times News Service in Berlin

West Bengal  /  Published 19.11.18

Empowered with English

A group of boys and girls from economically disadvantaged families, many of them first-generation learners, have been selected for a global microscholarship initiative that aims to teach them English ...
By A Staff Reporter in Calcutta

Opinion  /  Published 16.11.18

Sanskritising films: A to-do list for Yogi Adityanath

One place that will soothe Yogi Adityanath’s eyes, tired of spotting Muslim names everywhere, is the list of the earliest Hindi films. The first years look like edicts of Hindutva now, though they c...
By Chandrima S. Bhattacharya in

Opinion  /  Published 05.10.18

Relics of a past that was never ours

The furore in London over the phrase “whiter than white” takes me back more than 60 years to an incident in the lodgings I shared with five or six English boys. We were in our teens, I being the y...
By Sunanda K. Datta-Ray in


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