Our planet is made of chemistry. All life, from microbes to plants to animals, uses chemicals to communicate with their world. Chemical cues allow us to communicate with the largest elephants and the smallest bacteria; and can be used to protect crops from pests, identify novel pharmaceuticals, or prevent the spread of disease. In this article, the author examines the role of chemical interactions between living organisms and their environment.

Ashvin Srivatsa

Check how environment friendly your school is.

Every school does its bit by getting children to plant a tree or make some compost. But apart from working as little breaks from their otherwise heavy learning schedule do these programmes achieve what they should? Here are some suggestions on how you can ensure measures for sustainability are taken in your school.

Manish Chandi writes about our recognizing features of the Earth...because places do have faces after all.

Buniyadee Shiksha (Nai Talim), the education system proposed by Mahatma Gandhi, is generally believed to be education system based on productive work. But it should be clear to all of us that though productive work is its basis, learning through that work is its’ uniqueness. By now a lot has been discussed about Nai Talim. One needs to go through the writings of Gandhiji in ‘Harijan’ or ‘Young India’ to get a clear picture of his ideas of education.

As teachers, before we take up the issue of teaching biology in primary school, let us understand its place in the primary curriculum. At the primary level, children need to develop three kinds of academic skills...

Schools are meant to prepare you for life. But how prepared will you be if they don’t teach you about your own region? Citing Ladakh as an example this article asserts the importance of “locale specific learning.”

After reading a story, especially those on the environment, parents and teachers can help children raise several questions and answer them. In the process they will learn to make the connections between their lives, the lives of those around them, the immediate surroundings and the extended environment. Encourage children to examine issues arising from these questions. In the process they will understand themselves. Also encourage them to read different kinds of books about the world around them and about growing up.

Some of the questions that can be asked and discussed...

What better way to teach students about rivers than to give them the opportunity to observe rivers first hand? Nabanita Deshmukh shares her experience...


It all started in Arunachal Pradesh, the place known as ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’. On second thoughts it could've been named ‘The Land of Mighty Rivers’ because a large number of rivers flow through the state. In this context, our Geography workshops became all the more relevant.


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