The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the gap) – Mar 17, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the gap) – Mar 17, 2021

A severe deficit in the number of OBC, SC, ST candidates recruited as faculty in Central institutes of higher education has been revealed by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal in Parliament,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Bridging the gap) – Mar 17, 2021.

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  1. bridge the gulf/gap (phrase) – try to find a way to reduce the gap and bring the two separate viewpoints together.
  2. deficit (noun) – shortfall, deficiency, shortage, lack.
  3. sponsor (verb) – support, back, promote, fund/finance.
  4. preparatory (adjective) – preliminary, initial, introductory, basic, elementary.
  5. faculty (noun) – a teaching (or research) staff (in a university, college, or school).
  6. draw attention to (phrase) – emphasize, highlight, underscore; focus on.
  7. pallid (adjective) – uninteresting, feeble, dull, boring, uninspired, insipid, lifeless, spiritless.
  8. reservation (noun) – a system of affirmative action in India that provides historically disadvantaged groups representation in education, employment, and politics.
  9. elite (noun as modifier) – superior in quality; the best.
  10. striking (adjective) – noticeable, obvious, evident, visible, distinct, prominent, notable.
  11. take into account (phrase) – consider, take into consideration, have regard to, reckon with.
  12. Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs) (noun) – a group of premier public research institutions in India. The IISERs represent a unique initiative in India where teaching and education are integrated with state-of-the-art research, nurturing both curiosity and creativity in an intellectually vibrant atmosphere of research. The Government of India, through the Ministry of Education, has established seven Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs). These institutes are located in Berhampur (established in 2016), Bhopal (in 2008), Mohali (in 2007), Pune (in 2006), Kolkata (in 2006), Thiruvanantapuram (in 2008) and Tirupati (in 2015).
  13. highlight (verb) – underline, underscore, emphasize, call attention to.
  14. mismatch (noun) – discrepancy, inconsistency, contradiction.
  15. outcome (noun) – result, effect, consequence.
  16. the way out (noun) – a method of dealing with a problem; solution.
  17. exempt (verb) – free from, not liable to, not subject to (an obligation).
  18. Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019 (noun) – An Act to provide for the reservation of posts in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, the socially and educationally backward classes and the economically weaker sections, to teachers’ cadre in certain Central Educational Institutions established, maintained or aided by the Central Government, and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. It shall be deemed to have come into force on the 7th day of March, 2019.
  19. dereserve (verb) – remove from (reservation/quota).
  20. beneficiary (noun) – recipientreceiver.
  21. obviously (adverb) – clearly, evidently, manifestly, noticeably.
  22. salutary (adjective) – good, helpful/useful, beneficial, practical, valuable.
  23. envisage (verb) – foresee, anticipate, expect.
  24. ideal (noun) – principle, standard, belief, conviction.
  25. affirmative action (noun) – it means positive steps taken to increase the representation of (women and) minorities in areas of employment, education, and culture from which they have been historically excluded.
  26. equality (noun) – equal rights, equal opportunities, non-discrimination.
  27. equity (noun as modifier) – fairness/justness, neutrality, impartiality, lack of discrimination, egalitarianism.
  28. lacunae (plural of) lacuna (noun) – a gap/empty space; missing part of something.
  29. sea (noun) – multitude, a host of, lot, large number, great quantity.
  30. deprived (adjective) – disadvantaged, underprivileged, poverty-stricken, impoverished.
  31. hyper- (prefix) – over; beyond; excessively.
  32. commercialized (adjective) – profit-oriented, money-oriented, materialistic.
  33. island (noun) – isolated, detached thing (institution in this context).
  34. attribute to (verb) – ascribe, assign, connect/associate with.
  35. absence (noun) – lack, unavailability, deficiency.
  36. forward-looking (adjective) – progressive, reforming, liberal, radical.
  37. remedial (adjective) – corrective, restorative, reparative.
  38. measure (noun) – action, step, procedure.
  39. equip (verb) – prepare (for a particular task/situation).
  40. aspiring (adjective) – ambitious, self-seeking, aspirant, enthusiastic, determined, impassioned.
  41. pool (noun) – a group of people available for work (when needed as a resource).
  42. merit (noun) – worthiness, value, quality.
  43. context (noun) – situation; circumstances, conditions.
  44. discipline (noun) – field of study, branch of knowledge.
  45. in the short term (phrase) – in the (near) future.
  46. deficiency (noun) – insufficiency, lack, shortage, inadequacy, deficit.
  47. address (verb) – tackle, deal with, attend to, try to sort out.
  48. deprivation (noun) – hardship, destitution, neediness, distress.
  49. devote (verb) – allocate, assign, allot, commit.
  50. marginalised (adjective) – treated as insignificant, treated as unimportant, neglected.
  51. the marginalised (noun) – the people who are treated as insignificant, treated as unimportant, neglected.
  52. trickle down (phrasal verb) – pass on benefits to the people at the bottom of the pyramid (by those at top of the system).
  53. scarce (adjective) – insufficient, deficient, inadequate.
  54. egalitarian (adjective) – common, equal, fair.
  55. pie (noun) – a whole thing which can be shared/divided.
  56. realm (noun) – area, field, domain (of activity).
  57. in the public realm/domain (phrase) – if something (e.g. information) is in the public domain, people generally know about it since it is not secret.
  58. aid (verb) – facilitate, help, assist.
  59. on the road (phrase) – on the path/course (to achieve a specified result).


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