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Survey of child labourers in Chennai planned

The Chennai Corporation will soon conduct a survey to determine the number of child labourers and out-of-school children in all 10 zones...»

Festival shoppers lay siege to T. Nagar

6.15 a.m., on Friday, the T. Nagar bus depot junction was calm. A few empty buses leave the depot, one after the other. The stretch f...»

Prices of essential commodities likely to go up, say traders

The rains and subsequent floods in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka seem to have had an impact on the local wholesale market, wh...»

Schools to take efforts to become eco-friendly

Schools across the State will soon take systematic efforts to become more environment-friendly. With the eco clubs in schools all set fo...»

Children walking barefoot on city’s roads have experts worried

"It is very dangerous as they might step on unhygienic spots" »

“Films moving away from escapist commercial fare”

It is about 8.20 p.m., at the cosy suite of Taj Coromandel. One man’s charisma seems to envelop the entire space, ensuring one&rsq...»

December music fever catches on in suburbs too

With around 50 sabhas organising a mind-boggling 2,000-plus concerts, Chennai’s biggest attraction, the December Music Season, is...»

Schoolchildren’s safety in sharp focus

Less than two months after the accident involving a school van in Vedaranyam, which claimed the lives of nine children and a teacher, th...»

Where quiz master is taken by surprise

You might have dropped a lemon down several times, but have you ever wondered how the white spots on the floor came? Have you encountere...»

Kollywood relishes Rahman’s Grammy moment

Music composer A.R. Rahman gave his fans, admirers and well-wishers yet another reason to celebrate on Monday by winning two Grammy awar...»

What leads schools to mount pressure on students

On Wednesday, parents of a group of class X students of a private school in Santhome were summoned. They were told that their children&r...»

Tamil cinema’s role in anti-smoking campaign

When actor Rajnikanth stylishly flipped a wad of chewing gum into his mouth, instead of the usual nicotine stick, in the film ‘Cha...»

The tale of price rise and family budget

“How do we cut down on our expenses?” -- this is one question that several families are increasingly pondering over. The rise...»

Unhygienic toilets cause hardship to schoolchildren

Students in some of the Corporation schools in the city are in a fix. They cannot use the toilet when they need to, due to lack of hygien...»

Schools wait and watch over effectiveness of CCE

Standard IX students in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools are gearing up for their first major summative assessment fo...»

Patronage for libraries on the rise

The massive structure coming up at Kotturpuram to house the State Library Complex named Anna Centenary Library has made avid readers in the »

The vital questions facing the students

For over the next month or so, students taking their class X or XII board examinations would have to do a lot of planning. What to r...»

Additional time for more categories of special students in public exams

The Directorate of Government Examinations has provided for students with visual impairment the services of scribes and also an addition...»

Next Kamal film likely to be rib-tickler

Kamal Haasan has quietly begun work on his next project with director K.S. Ravikumar, which is expected to be a rib-tickler. »

“One should focus on opportunities than on needs”

Dipti Bhatia is one of those who makes you feel "Oh, it seems like I've known her for ages" soon after meeting her. With unmistaka »

Summer heat, diseases, and vacation plans

It is that time of the year when those in the city start talking about something quintessentially Chennai - the summer heat. It is no...»

Mathematics paper difficult, say students

Several students and teachers have observed that Monday's State Board class XII mathematics question paper was lengthy and difficult. »

Traffic congestion, a big fear

While the new Assembly-Secretariat complex is catching people's attention, some residentsfrom localities close to the new power centre ar...»

An annual examination with a difference for CBSE students

While all the buzz is usually around board examinations of students in classes X and XII, class IX students going to CBSE schools are...»

Corporation schools set for revamp

This June will mark the beginning of an exciting academic year for schools run by the Chennai Corporation, if the initiatives being plann...»

Gearing up for implementation of RTE Act

A day ahead of April 1, 2010, the historically significant date on which the much-debated Right To Education (RTE) Act will come into...»

NCF spurs interest among teachers

The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) for Teacher Education, released recently by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Kap...»

The advantages of co-educational institutions

Vishnu Prabhu, a literature student, understands irony. As an undergraduate student, he had a gender studies course where a class of...»

What arts and science colleges offer

“Owing to recession in IT sector, many parents are apprehensive of investing in engineering education'' »

Students' schoolbag load to be reduced

Printing of easy-to-carry textbooks on »

Educating children on health

When it comes to health “it is better to prepare rather than repair” — this is something Colin L. Yarham firmly bel...»

“Linking language to job opportunities vital”

The success of the World Classical Tamil Conference will depend on the implementation of decisions taken there, according to poet-lyrici...»

Court decision on fees worries private schools

Court upholds the Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act 2009 »

Work under way on office shed for elevated expressway project

According to an NHAI official, this is just the “preliminary mobilisation” for the project »

Heritage markets take you down memory lane

They do not possess grand structure or ornamental façade, but are no less important in historical value or social importance »

Now it's time for competitive exams

For class XII students, the end of board examinations marks the beginning of a series of competitive examinations. This Sun...»

Changing trends in film lyrics

Most cinema buffs who heard the song 'Oh Mahazeeya' in Tamizh Padam were rather amused. Not just because they found the idea of us...»

May Day is no longer what it was

May Day used to be an occasion for expression of working class solidarity. Though there is no dearth of trade unions, May Day no longer hold »

Clubs to provide the heritage connection

How many students going to city schools know of the magnificence of the Fort St. George or the unique buzz that characterises George...»

Warm smiles camouflage hard work and patience

The air-conditioned showrooms, the colourful ambience and the variety that customers could bring to their profession — the job...»

55 foreign varsity stalls at 'The Hindu Education Plus fair'

Nearly 55 stalls put up by representatives of varsities across the globe, including those in the U,S., U.K., Australia, Canada, Singapore, »

Training institutes invited to train CBSE teachers

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked interested training institutions to get in touch with it in regard to offering...»

New fee structure for several private schools notified

It was results time for several city schools. Not the class XII results, but the much-awaited decision on fee structure of private sc...»

Tamil meet anthem, audio-visual treat

On Saturday, when Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi officially launches the anthem that he wrote for the World Classical Tamil Conference...»

Highest Class XII pass percentage of decade

Students who took the Class XII Higher Secondary Examination this March have recorded a pass percentage of 85.2, according to the res...»

Gearing up for Equitable Standard Education

The coming academic year will be significant, crucial and even historic for the School Education Department in many respects. <...»

Need for mechanism to implement RTE Act

School education system is set to undergo remarkable transformation »

‘Guiding lights' at the speed of light

The academic year has begun. The neatly covered, brand new textbooks will soon be put to good use. However, just as students begin to fli...»

Buzz about two top stars still on

Kollywood is never short of excitement. Before the buzz about a much-awaited film ends, there is something new. Interestingly, two of...»

Commodities turn dearer, consumers prudent

C. Danapalan, a 65-year-old cobbler, eats less than what he used to a few months ago. He works the same 10 hours and makes the same R...»

Surprise checks on educational institutions' vehicles

Nearly 100 vehicles of educational institutions in Chennai and Kancheepuram districts have been pulled up in the last week during surpris...»

More clarity needed on students detention policy

Private schools are not sure how to decide on students' promotion and detention hence. While the Right To Education Act that came int...»

Price hike fuels concerns among consumers

The announcement about the increase in the prices of petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene gave jitters to many on Friday. From ho...»

June, a month of unstable weather

The sun has been playing hide and seek with the clouds for the past few weeks. This month, so far, the city has received 55.8 mm of r...»

No one to teach, but a can-do spirit

Vysarpadi school lacks just about everything, but its students are an enthusiastic lot »

Students' safety on road still a concern

Many schools don't have sufficient vehicles to transport children »

“Success of dubbing artist lies in not letting audience know who you are”

What is common between the female lead roles in the films Iruvar, Guru and Raavanan apart from the fact that they w...»

Justified measure or a case of Big Brother?

City Pulse is a weekly report on Chennai's civic issues by the City Bureau. This week's inputs are from Ajai Sreevatsan, Petlee Peter, Meera »

5 lakh titles finalised for Anna Centenary Library

Nearly 5 lakh titles have been finalised for the Anna Centenary Library coming up at Kotturpuram. About one lakh titles in...»

It promises to be a plant-lover's paradise

It's a little hard to believe that it is the same place where you had those hot, yummy masala dosas. The area that once housed one of the...»

Where students are a worried lot

It is about 11.45 a.m., and the teacher can be heard shouting at the top of her voice. Over 50 children are seated on the floor, with har...»

French awards boost their zeal

For people as passionate as them, awards can only be reason to continue their pursuit with more enthusiasm. When Hema Parth...»

Focus on strategies to prevent child sexual abuse

Adults have to try and understand why children do not tell them about sexual abuse or why it takes them a long time to tell them, say...»

SSA feedback session

There were no fancy ribbons, spotlights, expensive costumes or long speeches, leaving the forum just for exchange of ideas. The get-t...»

Supplementary readers for Government school students

First time the initiative is being extended to upper primary sections »

Learning leadership qualities

Increasing prices in the college canteen? Better facilities at the audio-visual room? Insufficient parking space? What do students do...»

‘Work done register' system for transparency

Lesson, title, name of the teacher, supplementary teaching aid used, additional notes, signature of the teacher — these categor...»

Red Ribbon Clubs in all teacher training institutes

Ever wondered how to discuss issues related to HIV and AIDS with your children? You probably wished their teachers did that and spare...»

Lending charm to Botanical Garden

Rs.8 lakh worth plants from China added »

How textbooks allow space for social biases or writers' prejudices

'Teaching & Learning' is a weekly column on education and related issues. »

Need to attract more visitors to museums

The gigantic marble statue of Lord Cornwallis welcomes visitors at the Fort Museum housed on the Fort. St. George premises. The mild...»

Songs sung to teachers with love

For a change, they were not writing on the blackboard. They were tapping their feet, clapping, swaying and some, dancing. For the tea...»

How traffic congestion affects school students

It was shocking for the parent to get a call from his teacher, asking her to take her son back home. It was a punishment for his late...»

Fund-raising concert to help Cancare Foundation

A fundraising concert in aid of Cancare Foundation will be held in the city on Thursday. Noted Carnatic vocalists Malladi Brothers an...»

Heritage Clubs bound to make teaching of history interesting

'Teaching & Learning' is a weekly column on education and related issues. »

'Jugalbandhi' for a cause

Concert marks beginning of Cancare Foundation's initiatives »

It's a tough balancing act for film buffs

'City Pulse' keeps tabs on what Chennai's citizens think about issues that affect their everyday life. »

Banking big on question banks

The question banks brought out by the State Parent Teacher Association (PTA) have always been popular among students in the State and Ma...»

Catching them young to send out anti-tobacco message

'Teaching & Learning' is a weekly column on education and related issues. »

In a stressed job, no dearth of grace and dignity

'At Work' is a weekly column that takes a peak at people with unique professions, their living patterns and the changes the calling has seen »

Fusion of culture at celebrity wedding

Top politicians, leading actors, and rows of camerapersons moved in and out. But one celebrity was at the centre of it all. Superstar...»

CBSE to train parents in CCE system

Pressure level high among students, say parents »

Karunanidhi inspects Anna Centenary Library

“Make the signboards very clear and place them at convenient points so that visitors have no difficulty.” This was one of the...»

High Court order on fee evokes mixed response

Many private schools are happy, but scores of parents are worried after the Madras High Court stayed the operation of the fee structu...»

Residents still sceptical

'City Pulse' keeps tabs on what Chennai's citizens think about issues that affect their everyday life. »

Confusion continues over fee issue

Parents from all over the State to participate in protest meeting on October 9 »

“Schools should not discriminate''

This is the first year of the optional Board examination conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and parents and...»

It is time for CBSE students to decide

All city schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) have begun the process of finding out how many of their c...»

Renowned Ghatam exponent passes away

Renowned Ghatam exponent T.V. Vasan passed away in New Delhi on Wednesday, following a cardiac arrest. He was 61. He had gone to...»

Robotics from Rajini fans too

The hype began several years ago. The fever rose following the launch of its trailer recently. But, when ‘Enthiran' hit the cinemas...»

“Drop in number of licensed tea stalls”

The tea stall or the ‘chai kadai' is one of the most enduring images of any city's streetscape. No street or main road is compl...»

An actor in awe of the white tiger

Actor Karthi Sivakumar, has adopted a tigress at the Arignar Anna Zoological Park »

The race for a better pass percentage

If you are a student in class X or XII, from now onwards your scores would be seen through a magnifying glass. With a better pass...»

Price rise makes festival celebrations expensive

The rising prices of essential and non-essential commodities have made many families remain on tenterhooks. For some families, the pr...»

Students should begin a day with good breakfast

Several school-going students and parents might need a lesson or two on the need for having a good breakfast, say teachers and doctors. <...»

Shopping areas set to burst at the seams

'City Pulse' keeps tabs on what Chennai's citizens think about issues that affect their everyday life. »

Meteorology honour for student

Explore a limestone cave, get to know about fossils, take a peek into meteorology and bring back an honour to the country – this i...»

Motorists hit by water-logging, traffic snarls

Citing rainy season, autorickshaw drivers demand that commuters pay exorbitant fares »

Factors that keep two stars still shining

They were stars in the age of bell bottoms, made a mark in the Tamil film industry in the seventies and eighties, dominated the field...»

How schools deal with students' safety issue

It is probably the first time that three departments — School Education, Transport and Police — have come out with detail...»

Fascinating insights into art

His style of playing bears a stamp of technical brilliance and rare sensitivity. His tonal beauty has elevated several concerts to a diff...»

Continuing a glorious tradition

P. Obul Reddy's family to support select sabhas in city »

Diverse trends in schools over CBSE class X exams

Students can choose either the Board exam or one conducted by the school »

Students do panchayat union school proud

For students of the Panchayat Union Middle School in Hasthinapuram near Guduvanchery, it is time to celebrate. A project they worked...»

What it means to take online examinations

Around one lakh students will have the opportunity to take the All India Engineering/Architecture Examination (AIEEE) online in April...»

RTE Act and the challenges ahead

As the State government gets ready to implement the landmark Right to Education (RTE) Act, which came into force in April 2010, priva...»

Concerts cine artists love to listen to

S.P.B says he hopes to catch at least a few concerts of both seasoned and young artists »

Vairamuthu: earth, people my muse

Poet-lyricist bringing out a compilation of 1,000 of his songs spanning nearly three decades »

“Children need more exposure to art while at school”

Children might have very clear reasons for their seemingly careless strokes on paper. They do not care if the houses they draw are bigge...»

Seeking solutions in part-time employment

As essential commodities go way beyond the reach of the average consumer, people in different professions, and students in particular, s...»

Moving evaluation beyond the exam paradigm

For many students, teachers and parents, every mark bears significance. With the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) introduc...»

A turn to wholesale and co-operative outlets

The last few months have seen a steep increase in the prices of essential commodities, particularly vegetables. The pressure has push...»

The role of proficiency tests

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted a proficiency test for students of class X to test their aptitude, irrespective...»

They keep audience spell-bound

When she cleared her throat softly and hummed a jingle from an old advertisement of a soap, the audience seemed pleasantly surprised. »

'Raana' Rajini's next venture

Remember police officer Alex Pandiyan, his majestic voice and stylish side burns? For fans of ‘super star' Rajinikanth, ‘Moo...»

Inadequate parking space remains a curse

Second Master Plan says Chennai needs three times parking space it has now »

Class X exams: CBSE students have choice

Kurubaran Udhayshankher is all set. In less than a month's time the class X student will sit for the Board examination. Sounding reas...»

Expanding the role of physical education

Nothing like a quick game of kho kho, volley ball or football when it comes to relaxing after a class on trigonometry or Newton's Laws. A...»

‘Performance pressure' on Chennai Schools too

The pressure to perform is not confined to private schools that are obsessed with State ranks. Chennai Schools, that have recorded a rem...»

Making students employable

While the number of engineering colleges in the State and the number of students graduating from them have been increasing sharply over...»

There are only a few avenues of entertainment

Non-availability of land is cited as the reason for lack of development »

Sleep turns elusive for students

Table Tennis player K.K. Narmada remembers how challenging it was to take her first semester examinations in college, while simultaneous...»

Discipline in schools: teachers under the scanner

The recent cases of a college student committing suicide after some lecturers allegedly humiliated her, and a school student's death aft...»

Cashing in on the World Cup fever

“Pathrooba, pathrooba…”, Sajal Ghosh shouts in his Bengali accent. He was trying to sell ‘I love India' headbands pric...»

‘Co-scholastic' factors to play role in promotions

Factors include life skills, attitudes and values and co-curricular activities »

Safety takes a backseat at MRTS stations

Poor lighting, lack of police personnel and large, empty spaces are cause for concern »

A test of preparation, mental training and endurance

In about a week, class XII students will sit for their Board examinations, putting to test an entire year's preparation, memory train...»

Big stars glitter in small roles too

Donning the role of an ex-convict for an appearance accounting for less than one-tenth of the total duration of a film hardly seems some...»

Decking up your shop, newspaper style

Newspaper marts and small shops in different parts of the city were all decked up with copies of The Hindu and its supplements...»

Movies can wait, cricket is here

If you do not have an examination on Monday, or you do not care for the battle of the willows, this weekend might probably be the best t...»

How effective are measures for safety of women?

Need to tackle threats to women, which technology brings along »

Betel leaves turn dearer

Patiently wiping the betel leaf, applying the right amount of sunnambu on it, placing the betel nuts without dropping a few pi...»

April a working month for CBSE schools

Students of some schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) need to plan their summer vacation this year c...»

Efforts wasted if scribes get it wrong

The student called out “a2,” and the scribe wrote “A square.”“Some of them get everything wrong,&rdq...»

North Chennai pedestrians battle for space

Several areas lacking in pavements, zebra crossings and speed breakers »

World of women glistens with mesmeric music

Six leading vocalists specialising in different genres of the art form present memorable performances »

Piped LPG supply picking up

No hassle of rolling cylinders on sparkling, new flooring, or remembering to make a call to the agency, or hoping that every time the doo...»

The web of love and marriage

Couples are increasingly opting for wedding websites to chronicle their stories for eternity »

Accreditation a recognition for school's transparency

Kendriya Vidyalaya, Anna Nagar, has received accreditation from National Accreditation Board for Education and Training »

For mortuary assistants, a thankless job

Handling the body of a four-year-old girl, whose throat was slit by a thread used for flying a kite, could be one of the most tormenting...»

Public Call Offices battling declining patronage

Penetration of mobile phones cited as primary reason »

Schools to be in forefront of poll awareness drive

Plan with exercises for different classes ready »

Homework dampens holiday spirit?

With more schools adopting holiday homework, some feel it takes away the charm of a break »

Suriya takes Ranganathan Street by surprise

The typical rush exclusive to Ranganathan Street, the scorching sun, the rustle of hundreds of plastic bags, the exchanges between cost-...»

Uniform code for students in malls

Recently, two teenaged boys, who were about to enter Express Avenue Mall, were stopped by the security staff. “Sorry, not allowed,” he to...»

Forum for artists to exchange ideas on culture

Established artists and students of art will soon have a forum where they can interact with their counterparts in Russia. The Ind...»

CBSE appeal to schools

“Do not misinterpret guidelines for administrative convenience'' »

Final rules of RTE Act soon

It is one year since The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act came into force. While the State's /School Educ...»

Sundari Mani passes away

Eminent social worker Sundari Mani, a pioneer of the consumer movement, passed away here on Saturday. She was 86. Chairperson of...»

Composite seat of people, faiths

Chepauk-Thiruvallikeni will be in focus for several reasons »

Capturing hearts of voters through arts

The untiring efforts of thousands of party workers and artists become more visible during elections »

Actor Sujatha dead

Actor Sujatha, who made waves in the south Indian film industry in the Seventies and Eighties, passed away here on Wednesday. The 58-...»

Infrastructural and livelihood issues to the fore

Mylapore has not been a stronghold of either of the two major Dravidian parties »

Constituency Profile: Sparks fly over host of civic issues in Thousand Lights

DMK banks on welfare schemes and AIADMK on anti-incumbency factor »

Constituency profile: Maduravoyal - The list of civic problems is long here

It is hard to believe that Maduravoyal is less than 30 minutes from the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT), Koyambedu. Once a part of t...»

Now poll officials take centre stage

As candidates rested on the day before the polls after the hectic last-minute campaigning and voters wondered if their names were on...»

Attempt to make Civics engaging

“Text books should go beyond morals and values” »

Stars exercise their democratic right

In star-gazing Tamil Nadu, actors definitely make news even if they were only exercising their franchise along with over 75 per cent of v...»

Braving age, disability to cast votes

For Selvarani (86), sipping sugarcane juice outside Olcott Memorial School with her daughter Devi (35) after they voted, it was an act o...»

Indelible ink and a shot at the blue button

Waiting outside a polling booth in Jawahar Vidyalaya, Ashok Nagar, R.Anandhi (19) is one of those who defines all the possibilities that...»

Enticing children to the big screen

They might time their popcorn breaks differently, giggle loudly when the bad guy in the film gets punched or laugh uncontrollably at...»

Drawing up summer vacation itinerary

From budget to schools' schedules, there are several considerations that go into a vacation plan »

Making room for comfortable style of learning

Sitting through classes for seven to eight hours has never been easy for any student. Despite the short and long breaks, some student...»

‘Samacheer Kalvi' textbooks soon

Textbooks for classes II to V and VII to X, to be used as part of the ‘Samacheer Kalvi' initiative of the School Education Departm...»

It is a season of internships too

For many college students, the hunt has begun. With several institutions making summer internships mandatory, students are on the loo...»

World of books hardly lags behind

It is not just the classics or the popular works in contemporary literature that are drawing readers. What is commonly perceived as s...»

Complaints of faulty phones equipment

A section of BSNL customers have complained of difficulty in getting their faulty landline instruments replaced. The old instrument is of...»

Report to be sought from schools on RTE Act letter

Letter sent by some schools was intended to mobilise parents against implementation of certain clauses of the Act »

Fate of space under flyover hangs in balance

Not many who go to the shopping area in T. Nagar will take their vehicles, for they know that unless they are lucky, they might not f...»

'Cuts' evoke different reactions

Film directors, who might have said ‘cut' several hundred times while making a film, dread every single cut of the Censor Board...»

Spiralling price, soaring heat, shining sales

Though the prices of gold, silver, platinum and diamond have increased significantly over the last one year, this did not stop people fro...»

CMBT maintenance, a challenging task

Many middle-aged persons carrying bags huge and small, senior citizens taking measured steps to reach their bus, children battling their...»

I was hoping for a change, says Vijay

Actor Vijay, who made his support for the AIADMK known ahead of the elections, was a happy man on Friday. “I was really hoping for...»

When history unfolded

College of Engineering Guindy (CEG), Queen Mary's College for Women and Loyola College in the city on Friday witnessed the unfolding...»

Making a beeline for Marina

People of all ages throng the beach seeking solace from summer »

Decision on eligibility test yet to be taken

With a few weeks left for the new academic year to begin, clauses of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act ha...»

School textbooks go easy on the text, heavy on visuals

An ice cream seller wearing a cap, his small, mobile unit with an umbrella in mild pink and white, children crowding around to pick up th...»

Rich haul of national awards for Tamil film artists

Kollywood bags award for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Lyrics »

Properties in suburban areas getting hotter

High rentals and relatively low supply in the city are driving demand for residential space in the suburbs. The budget conscious are inve...»

Panel to study quality of Samacheer Kalvi

The Cabinet's decision to constitute an experts' committee to look into the issue of improving the quality of school education, in the co...»

Boosting confidence is a must for them

At a time when toppers are enjoying the limelight, some of their classmates who did not clear the board examinations are busy with the a...»

40 students share first three ranks in S.S.L.C. examination

33 students share the honours in Matriculation stream »

A heady victory for the home team

The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium was the place to be for cricket buffs »

Towards problem-free post-retirement life

One of the challenges is the rising prices of several basic commodities »

Now, it's fruitful ice cream

Real fruit flavours have become ice cream lovers' latest fad »

Ranks are benchmarks of good performance?

Academics think it is time the State considered introducing grading system »

Hardly cheerful, say schools

Response to revised fee structure ranges from disappointment to anger »

To school, with hopes

Syllabus, fee developments make the beginning eventful »

New academic year, old concerns

Anxiety about overcrowded vehicles, traffic bottlenecks, road safety of children resurface »

Teachers set to be put to test

First Central Teacher Eligibility Test to be held tomorrow by CBSE »

Madras of 80s in Mumbai

The bold Tamil letters that read ‘Murugan plumbers', the pickle stall named ‘Sumathi Oorugai' and the red chillies in sacks...»

Sanitation awards for schools

Parents welcome initiative; hope for better toilets for wards »

‘Karnan' set to come back, digitally dazzling

Fans of actor Sivaji Ganesan have reason to cheer. Following the recent screening of ‘Gauravam', which had admirers flock to the t...»

The road paved with dreams begins here

“Cinema-kaaga arrear vechavan naan” (I am someone who had arrears in college for the sake of cinema), says K. Selv...»

Cash incentives to check school dropout rate

Total outlay for School Education is Rs.13,334 crore »

Striking a chord with artists of the city

Members of the multinational music group ‘Moxie' enchanted by Chennai's art scene »

Come monsoon, worries flood back to mind

Though Corporation is constructing stormwater drains, many feel it will not help as works have slowed down »

Textbooks to be distributed to schools soon

“Objectionable content” will be deleted before they are distributed, says official »

Some private publishers are in a dilemma

Private schools may have to still wait for Samacheer Kalvi textbooks »

“Nice and colourful” textbooks beckon students

Introduction of Samacheer Kalvi has resulted in a flurry of activities in schools »

Looking beyond conventional options

The recent announcement of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa regarding introduction of subjects such as history, economics and commerce in the...»

Automated parking meters and issues to be addressed

“ Not many car users are aware of the facility as yet” »

Memories of the magic of the stage and its inhabitants

He did not live long. Not even till 30. But the British government that was ruling the country then ran special trains in the name of th...»

Schools back on track, focus on completing portions

Teachers say they will require some time to get used to the change »

Fee committee to send questionnaire to schools

New questions will test “veracity of content of answers” »

College students seek better facilities in hostels and mess

A group of students of Pachaiyappa's College staged protest on Friday on the campus, demanding better facilities in the hostels and mess. »

How corruption is a deep-rooted disease

For 22-year-old M. Mariappan, the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare might as well be happening in another country. Having been...»

Prices up, jewellery sale volume down

Jewellers are counting on the forthcoming wedding season to perk up sales »

Theatre owners hopeful of ticket pricing flexibility

If movie-goers are lucky, they might soon be able to get tickets at slightly lower rates. The Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners Federatio...»

'7aum Arivu' to have a song in Chinese

Director A.R. Murugadoss' ‘7aum Arivu' has Suriya sporting the look of a monk. The film marks actor Shruti Hassan's début in Tamil. With...»

Time to evaluate performance of civic body

Handing over conservancy work in four zones to Neel Metal Fanalca proved unpopular »

Festival season, crowded T. Nagar, safety concerns

The rustling noise of plastic bags, stores teeming with people and scores of vehicles – the shopping area in T. Nagar is congested throu...»

Library facilities praised, membership sought

Anna Centenary Library at Kotturpuram has completed one year »

Petrol price hike fuels anger, anxiety among consumers

Anger and anxiety – the response of residents to the petrol price broadly fits into these two categories. They are angry because fuel pr...»

Scholarly musician T.K. Govinda Rao passes away

His sound knowledge of theory and ability to put it into practice in his performances made him truly exceptional »

Experts hail laptop scheme, but say sound curriculum is the need of the hour

All Plus-Two students of government schools and aided schools will soon have laptops, thanks to an initiative taken by the State governm...»

Prices up, living standards down

Lower and middle class households are increasingly feeling the pinch »

CCE system for all schools

The School Education Department will introduce the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) system for classes I to VIII from the n...»

Science can be fun too!

Students of Chennai Schools can look forward to a more interesting science class soon. In a recent initiative that seeks to make l...»

Mayor's Facebook pages buzzing with suggestions, petitions and responses

Over a thousand ‘likes' on the latest update, nearly 200 ‘shares' and a long thread of comments – Mayor Saidai S.Duraisamy's Facebook pa...»

25 commercial establishments in T. Nagar sealed

Unauthorised commercial establishments in T. Nagar, which were for a long time protected by ordinances and temporary court orders that p...»

CMDA action may be just a beginning

The ‘lock and seal' action taken by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and Chennai Corporation on 25 unauthorised comm...»

What it means to employees

Stores on Ranganathan Street that were not locked and sealed on Monday were forced by a section of the affected traders to pull down thei...»

Transforming the practice of teaching physics

“Complex”, “theory-intensive”, “difficult to score' – these are the popular notions about high school physics, particularly among studen...»

Project report on DPI campus getting ready

The School Education Department is in the process of preparing a detailed report on the 16-acre DPI campus in Nungambakkam. One...»

Robbing them of the fun of childhood

Experts say academics and competitive exams are putting children under undue stress »

Report on students' performance under Samacheer Kalvi to be sought

All government and Chennai schools in the city will soon be asked to consolidate the marks students have obtained in the first term and...»

Anna Centenary Library drawing huge numbers

Fearful of proposed shift, readers throng city landmark »

Practical examinations too count for students of science

Holding a test tube in one hand and an ink filler in the other, T. Praba carefully adds a few drops of iodine to the starch solution. “S...»

Prasanna-Sneha wedding announced

As is the case in most love stories in Kollywood, both actors were busy denying that they were seeing each other. But when Prasanna and...»

Readers bowled over by Braille section of library

Collection apart, the silence helps them focus better »

Tots take a liking for Anna library

Adults accompanying them also enjoy the fare at exclusive section »

Lovely rain and lively lyrics

Everyone likes a good rain song on days like these. And Tamil films have them in abundance. For fans of film music of the seven...»

RTE Act awareness imperative

Notification of rules is a step forward, but a lot more needs to be done »

“Fire safety thrown to winds''

TNFRS report pinpoints several violations in T. Nagar »

It's time roadblocks were cleared

Some food for thought on International Day of Persons with Disabilities »

Prices rise and life standard comes down

Buy milk alternate days. If that is not possible, buy three glasses of tea that all six in the family can share – this has been the strat...»

Ramanujan mathematics centre to be set up in Chennai

The Ramanujan Mathematical Society (RMS) will hold a series of activities in 2012 (National Mathematical Year) to mark the 125th birth a...»

Dance guru Sarasa passes away

Revered dance guru K.J. Sarasa, who devoted her life to deep engagement with Bharatanatyam, passed away in Chennai on Monday following a...»

Poor maintenance of public facilities exposed

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Poor maintenance of public facilities exposed

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The younger generation exploring new avenues

Engineering and under-graduate programmes are gaining in popularity »

Time State sets up child rights protection commission

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Now a countdown to exams, full of anxiety

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Understanding not up to the mark

At a matriculation school in Vepery, only five out of 45 students in class IX have passed in all subjects in the half-yearly exams. Next...»

Tax waiver decision triggers rethink on content of films

While some producers eyeing tax benefits may consider making films on subjects that do not warrant a heavy dose of violence, many others...»

Kindling students' interest in issues about environment

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CBSE school heads briefed on guidelines to implement RTE

It is now school principals' turn to do some homework. Heads of private CBSE schools have been asked to go through the Tamil Nadu govern...»

Robots' war named ‘Kurukshetra'

Whether it was about strategy, attack, aggression or defence, the two competitors seemed determined to outsmart each other. Controlled b...»

It did not eat into her activism

“It's no big deal. You diagnose it, treat it and carry on with normal life,” says S. Mahesh about the cancer she had a few years ago, in...»

Practising to face questions deftly

The month before Board examinations is usually the shortest. Not only because February has the least number of days, but also because st...»

Outsourcing of child care is the source of trouble

In middle-class homes, neglect of children begins at infancy with parents spending little quality time »

Parents to get back excess money from school

Decision taken at fee panel after talks with parents »

Setting students on confident course

Some students have difficulty in long division, and others need help while reading out long phrases in English. A few others are averse...»

Helpdesk set up to clear doubts on RTE Act

School Education Department is aware of challenges in implementing the Act, says Secretary »

Labs need a monitoring agency

If doctors had gone purely by the results of the scan taken for the 23-year-old, he might have received treatment that may have been unne...»

Veteran actor Lakshmi dies

She played the screen mother for several heroes, from MGR to Kamal Hassan »

Chennai relives its Ramakrishna connection

Ramakrishna Math is celebrating 175 birth anniversary of the spiritual guru, says Meera Srinivasan »

Singing out to Chennai Cheetahs

Going by the opening line ‘Dil irunda modi paaru', one might mistake it for an “intro song” in a Vijay or Suriya film. However, no film h...»

Mr. Sampath calls it a day after 51 years at The Hindu

“All I want to do is nothing,” declared veteran journalist M.C. Sampath, calling it a day after 51 long years of service at The Hindu...»

It's one thing to pass, another to learn

“574 divided by 10. Ten fives are…ten fives are,” and she pauses. The class IX student seated in the second last row is clearly intimida...»

Landlords remain lukewarm

The Soundarapandiyanar Angadi police station in Pondy Bazaar is perhaps the only sober-looking building in the stretch. Though the buzz...»

Civic Sense: Poor pedestrian left in the middle of the road

In several Indian cities, about 20 to 40 per cent of daily trips made by residents are by foot »

Too busy to watch her father's Budget speech

Her father may have had his big day on Friday when he presented the nation's Budget, but the Kathak dancer was visibly excited about her...»

Schools to parents: pay donation, get admission

The sum is collected under various heads — ‘building fund' to ‘smart classrooms' »

Record sum allocated to school education

Free uniform and notebooks; compulsory for schools to reserve 25% seats for children from poor sections »

When politics colour curriculum

Political considerations should not dictate government decisions related to education »

Panel to review quality of education

10-member committee to be chaired by school education minister »

Teaching English in Tamil

The Chennai Corporation, which introduced English medium sections in class I in 70 schools, is set to add 30 more sections »

First consignment of Metro Rail tracks arrives at port today

Rails, shipped from France, to be used for Koyambedu-St. Thomas Mount elevated stretch »

‘Dropping Metro expansion grave error'

Delhi Metro Rail adviser Sreedharan says Tamil Nadu government should not have axed plan to connect more areas in city with underground syst »

RTE Act: Lack of clarity, not an excuse anymore

“We need more clarity” — this has been the prevalent refrain among many private schools in Chennai for the last couple of months in rega...»

Make schooling joyful up to class XII

In another month or so, we will read reports of the number of students who secured centum in mathematics, chemistry, or computer science. »

Former VCs and retired profs on syllabus panel

The experts' committee constituted to review the quality of school education in Tamil Nadu will include former vice-chancellors and reti...»

Metro on fast track as rails arrive

All the way from France to the stacking yard in Parivakkam in Poonamallee here, it has been a remarkably long journey for the rails that...»

Witnessing the making of a Metro station

Meera Srinivasan hops across the offices of The Hindu on Anna Salai to chat up engineers toiling away at the site »

Can I have some fun, please?

If there's one thing my colleague does without fail every year, it is to send his kids to their grandparents' home in Kanyakumari to spen...»

‘I'll try through my dance to find myself again'

Leela Samson who recently stepped down as the director of Kalakshetra, tells Meera Srinivasan how she had to put up with “lies, a...»

Kalakshetra board members want Leela to continue

A majority of the members on Kalakshetra's governing board want Leela Samson re-appointed as director. The Kalakshetra website...»

The dirt beneath the charm

Leela Samson's resignation as the director of Kalakshetra has opened a can of worms. Meera Srinivasan and A. Srivathsan look at the murky si »

End of the road for pedestrians?

As encroachments eat up footpaths, walkers are being pushed to the road. Will the Corporation be able to create space for them? »

Chennai Metro will be barrier-free: CMRL

Decision was taken in response to suggestions given by Disability Rights Alliance – Tamil Nadu »

Queries on quota flood RTE helpline

The Right to Education (RTE) Act may address a whole range of issues, including school infrastructure, quality of teachers and teacher p...»

School textbooks torn between political foes

Parties should stop pushing their agendas through the medium of education, say parents »

Legal wrangles, red tape leave building unused

Hawker's complex in Ayanavaram, inaugurated over a year ago, is still unavailable to shopkeepers »

Motorists in T. Nagar taken for a ride

Attendants prevent them from using the parking meters and charge double the fee on Thyagaraya Road in Pondy Bazaar »

Kalakshetra board unanimous in backing Leela

Two resolutions passed at meeting »

Need support if I rejoin: Leela Samson

Former Kalakshetra director says she will give serious thought if asked to return to post and would need considerable administrative support »

Colours Of Chennai: Revisiting school days on Bunder Street

Meera Srinivasan talks to parents and children buying school supplies at the wholesale market »

Metro, flyover merger at Vadapalani hits road bump

A delay in acquiring land for the proposed flyover has pushed project past deadline; may take another year »

‘More complaints mean more awareness'

Experts respond to highest number of child abuse cases in TN schools »

Nearly 100% pass in region

Class X students of CBSE's Chennai Region recorded a splendid performance, clocking a success rate of 99.66 per cent. The board declared...»

Chennai ranks 10 among TN districts

This, in spite of the city's overemphasis on performance in board exams. Why is Chennai, which is known for its academic excellence, behind »

City schools shine spotlight on their top scorers

As many as four students shared the score of 490 – Sanjay Ganapathy Subramaniam, K. Rajalakshmi, M. Mukundram and R. Sudarshan. »

For students, a new chapter begins

This academic year is significant, as it marks the beginning of some key initiatives planned by the State government — introduction of a tri »

82% students pass new syllabus

In the class XII Board exams too, it was girls who outshone boys. This year, nearly 11 lakh students took the same examination and were eval »

Tender coconut gets hard on the wallet

Vendors have hiked the price by almost Rs. 10 »

Green signal for elevated Metro line at Guindy

Southern Railway has given its nod for the elevated track proposal at Guindy station where the EMU service and metro rail will co-exist. »

Guidance is all they need

I want to get an MBA degree when I grow up — one of my best friends in school told me, when we were in class III. A very intelligent girl...»

Private and pricey

Chennai's parents have seldom mobilised this way. Anti-management posters, slogans or road rokos are quite uncharacteristic of them. In f...»

Karnan rocks in re-run, set to hit century

For some it's the screen presence and powerful performance of Sivaji, while others are addicted to the music score »

Auto driver foregoes trip, rushes to help

When autorickshaw driver Riaz Mohammed set out from Parry’s to T. Nagar, he thought he had a plum savaari (ride). He had no clue...»

When adults let them down

Bartering good behaviour for an evening outing is familiar trade to children. “If you promise to be a good girl, I’ll take you out in the...»

What Tamil does Madras speak? Madras Tamil

“Nainaava ittugunu poriya?” (Will you take your father and go?)“Vootanda poi thunnuttu varen” (I will go h...»

Fresh faces at CMRL, with students on board, post course at IIT-Madras

A team of young engineers – who spent a year at IIT-Madras learning about metro rail technology and management – are now part of the Metr...»

Where, where do we park?

Parking spaces have become every car owners’ nightmare today »

Caught between music and royalty claims

Artistes say members of a copyright group demand licence fee before every show in the city »

23 degrees of comfort, but at what cost?

Some children tend to catch a cold very often in a closed environment. Most don’t get enough sunlight and are at risk of vitamin D deficienc »

Shot Cuts: Thaman rues music piracy

Music director Thaman is annoyed and he has every reason to be. Apparently, a song he scored for his film Baadshah, which is yet...»

Calling on Gandhi

Visiting Sabarmati just after Mahatma’s birthday, we come away renewed »

Machines to start metro tunnelling from Saidapet to Gemini soon

Two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs), just arrived from China, will soon begin boring an underground path from Saidapet to Gemini.For...»

Future under progress

Meera Srinivasan takes a bird's eye view of the city's metro rail network, expected to be operational by 2014. View the full graphic in the »

Alaganan: a rare amalgam of finesse and fairplay

Competitive sport lost a gentleman aristocrat in the death of R.B. (Balu) Alaganan on Thursday. He was 87. A charming personality,...»

Heart-warming Tilang

A joyful raga that inspires enthusiasm and positivity in our hearts is Tilang. Merely mentioning its name gives us a springy feeling! A f...»

No easy ride for class XI students

Experts say undue pressure from parents does not help and may cause additional stress »

Specialist job goes unnoticed

Knowledge of anaesthesia, even among doctors, is poor, experts said »

  Karnan Reloaded

The digitally re-mastered Karnan continues to draw crowds nearly 100 days into this run. Payal Chhabria and Divya S. catch the action and re »

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