Dogmatic religious bigotry can be eliminated only through teaching of science to common people

By Sheshu Babu* ‘To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country,to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from western nomenclature , and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population ‘  — Thomas B. Macaulay (“Country, class … More Dogmatic religious bigotry can be eliminated only through teaching of science to common people

How privately-run school tempted guardians, tampering with children’s education, their future

Report of the Inquiry Team* of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on rustication of seven students of Gandhidham, Kutch district, from Dayanand Arya Vedic (DAV) Public School: On receiving complaint of rustication of seven students of the DAV Public School, Gandhidham, and indecent behaviour against students and their guardians, a PUCL team visited the … More How privately-run school tempted guardians, tampering with children’s education, their future

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