How to celebrate the average

Now that the Board and Pre-University exam results are out, one often sees giant multicoloured billboards outside schools and colleges with the faces of all the students who scored above 90% in the exams. Some schools even put large one-page ads in popular newspapers to attract attention. Not only is it a significant aberration of aesthetics, but it projects a very wrong fundamental message that some educators are trying to change.

The Parikrma Festival of Science 2024

This year, we had over 200 students from schools in Bengaluru, including government schools, getting together for three days to hear some of the leading figures bringing innovations and change through AI, visit the NCBS (National Centre for Biological Sciences) campus for hands-on learning and participating in hackathons. Importantly, debates and panel discussions covered both sides of the story – AI: a threat or a boon?