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Azaad आवाज़

September 2020

The Transformation of the Indian Education System: NEP, COVID-19, and Beyond…

In This Issue

Azaadआवाज़ sculpted as a digital media station focuses on issues that debilitate the  “deliberately silenced”, drawing no boundaries and aspires to evolve and voice the needs of those silenced. The main theme focused for this monthly edition is : “The Transformation of the Indian Education System: NEP, COVID-19, and Beyond…“. This Patrika captures various perspectives and outlooks on the changes emerging within the education sector, paralleling the force fitted transformations made during the pandemic.


Azaad Awaaz is in active collaboration with PAIGAM, an NGO based out of Delhi that is actively involved in bringing social efforts at the local, national and global level.

In this month’s panel discussion, the panelists explore the impact of COVID 19 on the education system. This panel comprises of Akriti Bhatia, Founder and Director of PAIGAM, and student activists Damini Kain and Amarjeet Kumar Singh. Throughout the discussion, the discussants delve into the impact this sudden shift in educational realms would have on different groups.


Samvaad as an initiative sprouted from the very idea of engaging in discussion and providing a platform not just to a wide range of scholars but also students and budding academicians in various fields of research.

This month Samvaad conducted discussions with Dr. Kamlesh Misra, Vice Chancellor of Rishihood University and Mr. Roshan Kishore, a journalist at Hindustan Times.

Both conversations were conducted by Professor Deepanshu Mohan.


Awaaz in Focus introduces one to the varied perspectives shared by those who are initiating grassroot level changes in and across different local communities in a region. The people interviewed vary from academic scholars to grassroot level activists and practitioners.


Nazariya is a column in the newsletter that will feature stories of oppression as well as emancipation and empowerment from marginalized communities that have not been a part of the mainstream media discourse or popular culture and have somehow gotten lost somewhere in our history.


Samachaar is the segment of the Patrika which highlights news items that are generally overlooked or disregarded, that relate to marginalized or vulnerable groups. These pieces are often ignored or given very little time and attention by the mainstream media. This monthly magazine (Patrika) aims to focus on the marginalized sections whose voices are often muted in the cacophony of flashy mainstream media discourse, and therefore contains such news pieces as well.


Talk Point is the segment of the Patrika wherein individuals are interviewed based upon their perception and understanding of a certain issue.


Vichaar is Azaad Awaaz’s podcast series that aims at engaging with experts and professionals to further the conversation on the marginalisation of communities.

In a podcast about the New Education Policy, Mr Ambarish Rai, National Convener at the Right to Education Forum, offer insights on the potential impact of the New Education Policy on how it may or may not bridge the existing fault lines in our society

About Azaad Awaaz

Our initiative Azaadआवाज़ aims to tackle an erosion of empathy in our society. This  monthly magazine (Patrika) aims to focus on the marginalized sections whose voices are often muted in the cacophony of flashy mainstream media discourse. When referring to the marginalization, this platform does not aim to restrict itself to the traditional focus on social aggregates like caste and race alone but aspires to include a discussion on class, gender, sexual orientation etc.

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