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Maharashtra, Tripura best in justice delivery: IJR

Maharashtra and Tripura have fared best in a ranking list for justice delivery in India. Maharashtra topped the large and midsized states category in the recently released India Justice Report (IJR), while Tripura came out ahead among small states.

Tamil Nadu and Telangana follow Maharashtra in the rankings, arrived at in what is the second edition of the report. Sikkim and Goa are right behind Tripura among the smaller states.

The findings of IJR — a collaboration involving the Tata Trusts, the Centre for Social Justice, Common Cause, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, DAKSH, Prayas, the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, and How India Lives — are based on rigorous research that tracks the state of justice delivery across the country.

The report examines the four pillars of justice delivery: the police, the judiciary, prisons and the legal aid setup. It shows up India’s judicial system when it states that two-thirds of those in prison are undertrials, those accused but yet to be convicted in a court of law. The report also states that barely 15 million people have received mandated free legal aid since 1995 and that 29% of judges in India are women.

“The IJRs of 2019 and now 2020 make a significant contribution to laying the evidence base for policymakers and civil society to initiate early improvements [in India’s judicial system] for the benefit of us all,” said Narasimhan Srinath, chief executive of the Tata Trusts.

Kiosks up in two centres

The Tata Trusts have set up swasth (or health) kiosks in Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Ranchi in Jharkhand to help increase screenings for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Located at the Area Hospital in Chandragiri in Tirupati and at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, these kiosks are the latest in a line of such centres that offer free-of-cost screening services for NCDs such as diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, etc. Several kiosks are already functional in Assam and Maharashtra.

Mix of writers and styles in Parag Honour List 2021

Amix of writers and styles feature in the Parag Honour List 2021, the second edition of an annual showcasing of books written in English and Hindi for children and young adults.

Works by Nandita Da Cunha, Adithi Rao, Vinod Kumar Shukla, Jerry Pinto and Sonika Deshpande are among the 35 titles chosen, 20 in English and 15 in Hindi. Instituted by Parag, an initiative of the Tata Trusts, the list covers fiction, nonfiction, poetry and picture books.

The nominations for the list were made by a jury comprising Arundhati Deosthale, Gurbachan Singh and Suneeta Mishra (Hindi), and Arvind Gupta, Prachi Kalra and Samina Mishra (English). They chose their picks from original work published between October 2019 and September 2020.

“We hope that the Parag Honour List enables access to and awareness about outstanding Indian books for children and young adults,” said Swaha Sahoo, who heads Parag.

Kerala gets trauma facility

T he Apex Trauma and Emergency Learning Centre (ATELC), envisioned as a centre of excellence in trauma and emergency care, was inaugurated recently by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at the Thiruvananthapuram Government Medical College.

The trauma centre has been set up by the state government and supported by the Tata Trusts, in partnership with the Hyderabad-based Care Institute of Health Sciences.

Social Alpha launches clean energy challenge

Social Alpha, the nonprofit start up incubator supported by the Tata Trusts, has kicked off the third edition of its energy challenge. Techtonic – Innovations in Clean Energy invites innovators and entrepreneurs to present technologies that have the potential to create significant social, economic and climate impact.

The focus of the challenge this year is clean energy solutions: energy for livelihoods; smart energy systems; energy storage; and thermal comfort. Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the challenge is a search for clean technology solutions that deliver affordability and accessibility for businesses as well as households.

The winning solutions will be nurtured through various stages by Social Alpha to make them ready for the market.

TMC closes in on ten years  

T he Tata Medical Center (TMC) in Kolkata is gearing up to commemorate 10 years of its founding. Set up in May 2011 by the Tata Trusts, with contributions coming in from Tata companies as well, the Center has evolved into one of the finest facilities for cancer care and treatment in India.

TMC was developed over two phases. The first phase cost 5.4 billion and the second, completed in January 2019, cost 2.6 billion, raising the hospital’s capacity to 437 beds. The majority of these patients receive subsidised care and treatment.

The numbers notched up by TMC in the decade of its existence are impressive: 150,000-plus patient registrations (20,000-plus new patients a year in the past three years); 80,000-plus inpatient admissions; 35,000-plus surgeries and more than 500 bone marrow transplants.

Today TMC is a state-of-the-art cancer hospital that offers the finest diagnostics, staging and treatment response, robotic surgery, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and complex chemotherapy. Research guides TMC’s treatment protocols and it is training the next generation of health care professionals through its educational programmes.

What works in digital

T he connected learning initiative (CLIx), an effort seeded by the Tata Trusts and led by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has found that learning outcomes rose when students were taught using CLIx resources, and, young women and students performed significantly better in science with these inputs.

These were some of the findings from the first phase of the programme, implemented in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan and Telangana.