Inadequate exposure to real-world social issues gets aggravated by academic Brahmanism in India

By V Santhakumar* Higher education can be used for the social and economic mobility of underprivileged sections. This is achieved usually by providing admission to a set of students from these sections in universities and other institutes of higher education through the reservation or a quota of seats. India has been using this reservation policy … More Inadequate exposure to real-world social issues gets aggravated by academic Brahmanism in India

Removal of no-detention policy would hamper overall goals of RTE Act, lead to massive drop-outs

By Ambarish Rai* The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, introduced the “prohibition of holding back and expulsion” under clause 16 which essentially means “no child admitted in a school shall be held back in any class or expelled from school till the completion of elementary education”. The introduction of this clause … More Removal of no-detention policy would hamper overall goals of RTE Act, lead to massive drop-outs

India’s budgetary spending on school education doesn’t meet Kothari Commission benchmark

By Protiva Kundu* The enactment of Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 imposes a duty on the Indian states to fulfill every child’s right to elementary education. Education is also a stand-alone goal among SDGs, which India is one of the signatories. As education is in ‘concurrent list’, both Centre and State Governments have responsibility to … More India’s budgetary spending on school education doesn’t meet Kothari Commission benchmark

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

By Ambarish Rai, Dr. Aparijita and Alka Singh* With the passing of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act in 2009 (hereafter RTE), elementary education for every child between 6 and 14 became a Fundamental right in India, hence legally enforceable. It provisioned for schools within a kilometre from homes with good … More Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Important measures UP chief minister must take to ensure equal treatment to SCs, STs and SEBCs

Letter to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath by PS Krishnan, IAS (Retd), Former Secretary to Government of India , Ministry of Welfare; Member, National Monitoring Committee for Education of SCs, STs and Persons with Disabilities, Government of India: As a person working country-wide for the legitimate rights of SCs, STs and SEBCs during my … More Important measures UP chief minister must take to ensure equal treatment to SCs, STs and SEBCs

Enact central law regulating fee and other charges in unaided private schools in India

Ashok Agarwal, advocate, National Convener, All-India Patents’ Association, in a letter to Prakash Javadekar, Minster, Human Resource Development, Government of India has demanded radical reforms in school education through the enactment of a Central Legislation. Text of the letter: You are aware of the fact that the unaided private schools are exploiting the hapless parents … More Enact central law regulating fee and other charges in unaided private schools in India