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Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt

“A healthy planet should not be a moonshot,” writes one of the authors of this Climate Change issue of Fundamatics. As a global pandemic continues to rock the world causing untold hardships to the human race, there is a greater challenge lurking behind the scenes. The Guest Editor of this issue Raghuram Murtugudde, succinctly points out in his Editorial piece, good health comes from consuming mindfully not just food, but also energy and water. Read a kaleidoscopic range of views on climate change – anecdotal, some scientific, and others discursive – that will drive home the realization that the threat of global warming no longer a far-off phenomenon. The set of articles in this issue not only discuss the various implications of climate change but focus on efforts to mitigate its impact on ecosystems and communities, and share guidelines to achieve a sustainable future.


Artwork by Prof. Arun Inamdar Education is the theme of this issue of Fundamatics, a theme that is prompted by the announcement of the New Education Policy (NEP) by the…

Foundational Learning: Let’s Get it Right

A look at the New Education Policy NEP 2020 and the challenges facing our Education System.

The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster: Avanti

EdTechs are grabbing the dollars and the headlines, while some IITians have chosen the less glamorous and more hands-on approach to making good education available to people who most need it.

IIT Bombay and Affirmative Action – Inconspicuous but Not Inconsequential

Underlines the quiet but not insignificant contribution IITB has been making towards meeting its responsibility in preparing disadvantaged students.

Learning Design Online: The Challenges and Opportunities

An exploration of how a subject as sensory as Architecture and Design has adapted to online learning.


Does education give one wings or make one just another brick in the wall ? A rumination.

Science and Non-Science

We asked our canny Private Eye to analyse whether scientific reasoning was under siege; he expanded his brief to explore the state of reason and the spirit of enquiry.

Liberal Education at IIT Bombay

IITB is finally introducing an option for undergraduate students that many alumni may wish that they had in their time. JEE qualifiers who feel straitjacketed can have an escape, Liberal Arts, Sciences and Engineering, LASE.

Rote Learning and the Destruction of Creativity

A mirror to our Education System, warts and all. Mostly warts, but the remedy is not beauty creams and face masks but a healthy diet.

IIT Bombay in the 80’s – Class and Creativity

Takes you on a nostalgic trip through the corridors of the Institute while examining the inclusiveness of the system and the room for creativity in it.

Kendriya Vidyalaya and Schooling on IITB

A not so young parent’s lament of his hopes from the Kendriya Vidyalaya, that will resonate with now not so young alumni.

A STUDENT’s Thanksgiving!

A hilarious poem that proposes a new career path for the aspiring youth of India.

Climate Change

Illustration by Nilapratim Sengupta "A healthy planet should not be a moonshot," writes one of the authors of this Climate Change issue of Fundamatics. As a global pandemic continues to rock…


Prof. Raghuram Murtugudde shares his perspective on the issue of climate change and introduces the articles in this issue.

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