Author Archives: Loknath

Google suspended a popular Android podcast app because it catalogs COVID-19 content

Podcast Addict, an Android podcast app with millions of users, was briefly suspended over the weekend because it lists COVID-19 content. The app’s creator, Xavier Guillemane, tells The Verge that on Saturday, Google suspended and removed the ads from his nine-year-old app because it violated a new policy for developers that requires any app with a reference to COVID-19 to ... Read More »

Personal Finance Lessons From Bollywood

Bollywood and cricket, not necessarily in that order, are the two passions of Indians. Give us a good cricket match or a wholesome Bollywood entertainer and we are well set. Now, Bollywood is a vast industry generating scores of movies every year. Pot boilers, mysteries, family entertainers, romcoms and multiple other genres are belted out by this reigning industry. Interestingly, ... Read More »

Worried about your child’s higher education in a foreign university amid Covid-19 pandemic? Read this

Covid-19 has left a number of prospective student candidates pondering about their future plans of joining foreign universities in the new academic year 2020-21. Foreign universities have either cancelled on-campus visits and in some cases admissions until further notice. They have transcended to offering virtual tours for admissions. However, personal visit to the campus is cancelled till further notice. A ... Read More »

Four K-12 Education Models That May Gain Popularity During COVID-19

Education during the pandemic. SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images In just a few weeks, U.S. education has dramatically changed. Schools have been closed for the academic year in most states, and some districts have already canceled their foray into virtual school-at-home this spring, ending the school year early. With more than 50 million U.S. students at home with their families, ... Read More »

Tribal students in Wayanad left out as education goes online amid lockdown

At a time when the education system is going online in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, students from the tribal settlements without internet connectivity or smartphones are left out. “The government intervention to link school students to online platforms to provide them with education is good. But at the same time, the government must consider the special situation of tribal ... Read More »

Online education in India extremely scalable: Abhijit Banerjee tells why shift to digital is good

Abhijit Banerjee also runs a Master’s programme (in Data, Economics & Development Policy) with MIT which is half online.  Schools and other educational institutions across the globe have witnessed a shift towards online learning as countries around the world have been under a lockdown for over a month now due to coronavirus. India is no different and the country has ... Read More »

Buy AU Small Finance Bank; target of Rs 675: Motilal Oswal

AU Small Finance Bank (AUBANK) reported subdued earnings, impacted by higher provisions (INR1.4b) toward SMA accounts. Overdue loans stood at INR23b (8.5% of loans) as of April’20 v/s INR36b as of 1st Mar’20. 29% of customers (25% of the loan book) availed moratorium, which would be the key monitorable in the near term. On the business front, loan growth moderated, ... Read More »

It’s Time To Take Time Out Of Learning And Reinvent Higher Education

Everything takes more time if you are poor. The essentials of daily life, getting groceries and doing the laundry and getting to and from work, take planning and time that most of us scarcely consider when the groceries are being delivered, the washer is down the hall, and getting to work means jumping in our car. For students of modest financial means, ... Read More »

6 Lessons Oracle Learned When Moving Its Finance Organization To The Cloud

Finance leaders are looking for ways to cut costs, including fast-tracking investments in technologies that automate business processes and improve insights into company operations. That analysis applies to their own organization’s systems and processes as much as to anyone else’s. As CFOs consider a timeline for moving to a modern, cloud-based finance system, among their biggest questions is how to ... Read More »

Booming Startups in India in the Education Space

The evolution of the Ed tech Industry is of great significance in a country like India, where the IT industry has shown tremendous growth with the GDP in recent years. This sector is attracting a lot of innovative entrepreneurs and huge investments from funding agencies. There are around 2 million primary and secondary schools, 37,000+ colleges and 750+ universities in ... Read More »