Higher education must a space where freedom to think, explore, discuss, dissent is maximised

A note on People’s Tribunal on Attack on Educational Institutions, held at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi, on April 11-13, 2018: The tribunal was organised by the People’s Commission on Shrinking Democratic Space in India (PCSDS). The jury panel of the tribunal comprised Justice (Retd.) Hosbet Suresh, Justice (Retd.) B.G. Kolse Patil, Prof. … More Higher education must a space where freedom to think, explore, discuss, dissent is maximised

Only 8 per cent schools across the country comply with the provisions of the Right to Education Act

By Mitra Ranjan* Justice Madan B Lokur, Supreme Court of India, has said that slow implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) risks depriving a generation of children of a basic human. Inaugurating the National Stocktaking Convention of the Right to Education Forum, speaking as chief guest, he highlighted the need of education for development … More Only 8 per cent schools across the country comply with the provisions of the Right to Education Act

How can the quality of education in India be enhanced by throwing out children from school?

Text of the Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti’s (BGVS’) online petition to Prime Minister Narendra Modi: There is a conscious move to amend section 16 of the Right to Education (RTE) Act and thus reintroduce such a policy enabling the system/school to fail the children in any standard by conducting examination. It is said that this move is … More How can the quality of education in India be enhanced by throwing out children from school?

TISS withholding scholarship funds for SC-ST-OBC students to reduce their presence in higher education

By Prof Madhu Prasad* The All-India Forum for Right to Education (AIFRTE) extends its full support and solidarity to the legitimate struggle of the students of all four campuses (Mumbai, Gawahati, Tuljapur and Hyderabad) of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Starting their struggle from 21st February 2018, students have boycotted all classes, field work … More TISS withholding scholarship funds for SC-ST-OBC students to reduce their presence in higher education

New National Education Policy should specifically address backwardness of Dalits and Adivasis

Excerpts from the letter by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), former secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Welfare, to Dr Kasturirangan, chairman, Committee for Preparation of Draft National Education Policy, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India: While there are many aspects to the National Education Policy,  it is vitally important the new National … More New National Education Policy should specifically address backwardness of Dalits and Adivasis

Future of India as knowledge hub is at risk due to inadequate resource allocation in budget

By Mitra Ranjan et al* The Right to Education (RTE) Forum in collaboration with Save the Children and other civil society organizations held a roundtable consultation in Delhi on February 7 with Members of Parliament to voice the concerns on budgetary allocations given to education in this year’s budget. The consultation was Chaired by Prof Muchkund … More Future of India as knowledge hub is at risk due to inadequate resource allocation in budget

Learning deficits seen in elementary school is carried forward to adolescents and young adults

A note on the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER 2017: Beyond Basics) released in New Delhi on 16 January 2018: Every year since 2005, the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) has reported on children’s schooling status and their ability to do basic reading and arithmetic tasks. Year after year, ASER has highlighted the … More Learning deficits seen in elementary school is carried forward to adolescents and young adults