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Occupational Stress Among Middle-Aged Professionals in India

[On the occasion of the International Stress Awareness Week, Oct 30- Nov 3, here is an excerpt from a research paper published in ‘Annals of Neurosciences’, which focuses on an important segment of society – middle-aged professionals – and their major concern – occupational stress.] For the full paper, readers are invited to go to:

Expanding digital footprint among rural girls

In the adjoining districts of Alwar, Rajasthan, and Nuh in Haryana, rural girls have leveraged digital awareness to access government programs related to health, education, public distribution system, and more. They have also used these skills for educational purposes, such as research, downloading exam IDs, and checking their results. Additionally, some students have applied their knowledge to

In Israel’s Hamas war, India maintains its stance on global terrorism

The entire Israel-Palestine quagmire can be perceived through the vivid lens of the Political Contest Model where in the quintessential nation-state actor is pitted against the non-state actor in a volatile conflict scenario. The model refers to the fact that the state actor is accoutered with enough pelf and resources along with relevant firepower while the non-state actor is bereft of resourc

AI in education: How to embrace the change (and why)

It is often said that industry is at 4.0 and education is at 2.0. To transform education in line with artificial intelligence (AI), it is imperative to adopt what companies like Google are doing. We must learn to grow along with AI as AI is going to grow. There is a need to evolve the mindsets of educators to embrace AI as that is the way forward. The task of instilling moral values will still

Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: How G-20 has redefined our common future in a divided world

After more than four decades of global leaders` united statement in 1987 to define the future as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” global governance finally reached a consensus in 2013-16 that took shape in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a common target for 2030. During it

Focus on gender equality needed for sustainable development

India celebrated its 77th Independence Day last month with emotions and a hope that 2030 will bring better days with the dream of achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India. Out of the 17 goals of development, the first one itself is the alleviation of poverty. For a country like India, multidimensional poverty becomes an important obstacle because of the ground reality that women

How AI is impacting academic integrity

This article delves into the transformative influence of AI on academic integrity, specifically focusing on the deployment of AI-based tools in detecting and addressing plagiarism. The ensuing sections expound on the evolution of plagiarism detection, the implications for education, and the concurrent responsibilities of educators and students in this new paradigm. Evolut

BRICS Summit: Negotiating a path amid convergences and conflicts

The quintessential and traditional IR pet peeve is that the third-world nations and the developing comity of LDCs are pitted against the first world in a zero-sum game since the aftermath of World War II. Nobody can deny the colonial factor of the western domination in the history of the last few centuries. Still, with the advent of globalisation and interdependence, the classic confrontational

Building resilience for business growth in disruption era

This article aim to look at how CFOs are tackling new challenges in the digital era. Over the last few years, many companies have been disrupted not by their other competitor but by technology advancement such as payment digitisation etc. Your business can get disrupted by things which are beyond your imagination, for example, Covid-19. The question is: If this is what is happeni

Traditional Vs agile finance function today

Last three years have sparked off waves of innovation and entrepreneurship. One area is digitisation in every domain. According to some estimates, 85,000-plus start-ups embarked on their journey last year itself. This new normal leading to accelerated pace of change. The pace of change is tremendous and in face of such massive changes it is imperative to have an agile finance function for smoot

Handling loneliness: Ancient lessons that have worked for me

Loneliness is said to be equivalent to smoking a few cigarettes daily. People who have faced loneliness will agree with me that is a feeling which cannot be described in words alone. I have experienced periods of loneliness till my bones with a vacuum created inside the chest and there is nobody in the vicinity to connect with. Even if I go to work, there is not a single person with whom I can

A new chapter in India`s French Connection

Literature partakes of the glory of courage and chivalry in the French context. Think of D’Artagnan, Arthos, Porthos and Aramis, who are the chief Protagonists of the novel, ‘Three Musketeers’ authored by the legendary writer Alexander Dumas. The three heroes are pitted against the archrival and the alternate centre of power in Champs Elysee, the Cardinal who wants to overturn

Is social entrepreneurship the right career for you?

Social entrepreneurship is rapidly gaining momentum in India as a powerful force for positive change. With a growing number of individuals stepping up to address pressing social issues, social entrepreneurs are emerging as the next big wave in the country. The rise of social entrepreneurship in India Over the past decade, India has witnessed a significant

Parking in Mumbai: A case study of mis-governance

Despite the urgent need for parking regulation, the government has shown no heart for it in the last 15 years. Now the problem has become a nightmare. The Mumbai Parking Authority (MPA) was established in 2018 by the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). There was no clarity about its relationship with the traffic police that gives permission for establishin

Sustainability and green skills: creating a better future through education

In the face of pressing environmental challenges, sustainability has become a critical focus for global development. Education plays a vital role in equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to create a sustainable future. Sustainability has emerged as a crucial aspect of global development. As we face environmental challenges such as climate change, resource depletion and b

Why Modi`s US visit is about much more than diplomacy

Ties between India and the United States of America subsist on a substratum of “shared values” wherein the life practices of the order of rule of law, democratization of tyrant nations and despots, liberalism and avid espousal of constitutionalism amount to the elements of foreign policy convergence. On a theoretical level, cooperation between New Delhi and Washington are on a strat

Better data required for better planning at district level

India is one of the most diverse countries with a huge cultural, religious, racial and geographical diversity and pluralism. These are its strategic assets as well as challenges. As India is moving towards becoming a developed economy by 2047, the challenges of effective governance are getting amplified with such a diverse population. The diversity also results in difficulty in implementation o

Enhanced MCA21 V3 Portal Paves the Way for Improved Corporate Governance

Corporate governance has always been a critical issue for businesses in India. As part of its ongoing digitalization drive, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) recently launched the latest version of its portal, MCA21 V3, which not only leverages advanced technology but also promotes “trust-based governance,” striking a balance between productivity and efficiency of both capital

Semi hi-speed trains, buses could be primary alternative to cars

We are not paying sufficient attention to the rapidly growing oil imports (from pre-Covid-19 to post-Covid, in 2022). They surged from 102 million tons (MT) in 2019-20 to 168 MT in 2022-23, an increase of 68%.   India is the largest importer of oil in the world, and, at current rate, we will be second in the next few years – not a very safe thing to be. Our share of dom

India and Uganda: A victory of bilateralism

‘Africa matters’ is the refrain of the contemporary New Delhi denomination. As part of the larger striving in India’s outreach external affairs minister Dr S Jaishankar recently visited Uganda and Mozambique during April 10-15. He held talks with Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni, foreign minister General Jeje Odongo, minister of defence and veterans affairs Vincent Ssempijja,

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


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