Submission to the Union Minister of Finance, Government of India, by Ambarish Rai, National Convener, RTE Forum for adequate enhancement of public financing for universalization of school education: This year marks the ten years of completion of the enactment of Right to Education Act 2009. Evidence both based on the field reports and macro-data, CAG … Continue reading Retain, enhance investments in education to fulfill vision of 5 trillion-dollar economy
By Moin Qazi* Never let formal education get in the way of your learning. -- Mark Twain A Rip Van Winkle who may wake up today after having missed the information revolution would be extremely dazed to see the changed world. We now have Wikipedia instead of libraries, and Google to provide round the clock … Continue reading Making a radical departure from the school system’s assembly line mentality
By Sanjeev Sirohi* It was shameful to see that how the students of the Banaras Hindu University’s (BHU’s) Sanskrit Vedvigyan Sankay (SVDVS) went on strike demanding the cancellation of the appointment of Assistant Professor Feroze Khan and transfer him to another faculty. These students were opposing the appointment of a Muslim to teach Sanskrit in … Continue reading Protest against appointment of Muslim as Sanskrit professor: India can’t be complete without Muslims
By Ather Farouqui* The idealism inculcated in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) stays with you, it seeps into your every core and translates into action. This is why, even now, whenever there is public outrage over unjust government policies or an act of violence, JNU students and faculty are often seen leading protests, facing police … Continue reading Why JNU, which has the strength to resist and retain its pride, also ‘spoils’ one’s life
By Prateek Aggarwal* The current age of technological revolution is being led by digital technology (mostly computers) that change the way we work, communicate, navigate social relationships, spend our leisure time, and much more. An inherent part of this revolution is automation—the execution by a machine agent which was previously carried out by a … Continue reading Constraints of digital literacy in rural India: Only 21.3% of students have access to computers
Well-known academic, social and political activist Sandeep Pandey was recently in Ahmedabad as a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM-A), taking a course in Transformational Social Movements, which he has been doing every year. In a recent commentary, Pandey, along with Anurag Bhaskar, another academic, presently teaching a seminar course on Law, Politics … Continue reading IIM campuses make conscious attempt to ensure gender diversity. Why not for caste diversity?
Excerpts from section on primary and secondary education, forming part of the chapter “The Indian education system”, in the policy brief titled “Demographic Dividend or Demographic Burden? India’s Education Challenge” by Christophe Jaffrelot and Sanskruthi Kalyankar, published by Institut Montaigne, an independent think tank based in France: One of the key indicators that the government of … Continue reading Official data paucity: Assessing public education system impossible without independent NGO surveys