Weekly Update on Education

01 February 2011

HDFC debuts in education
Peerzada Abrar, The Economic Times, January 31, 2011

In its first ever investment in the booming education sector, Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC). has picked up stake in Indus World Schools, a unit of education company Career Launcher. The deal size is valued at around Rs 40-50 crore, according to industry sources with knowledge of the transaction. Private equity firm Gaja Capital Partners, an existing investor, is part in this round of funding that will finance the expansion plans for the education company.

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Rosa Parks on the school bus
Kevin Huffman, The Washington Post, January 31, 2011

Last week, 40-year-old Ohio mother Kelley Williams-Bolar was released after serving nine days in jail on a felony conviction for tampering with records. Williams-Bolar’s offense? Lying about her address so her two daughters, zoned to the lousy Akron city schools, could attend better schools in the neighboring Copley-Fairlawn district. Williams-Bolar has become a cause celebre in a case that crosses traditional ideological bounds. African American activists are outraged, asking: Would a white mother face the same punishment for trying to get her kids a better education? (Answer: No.)

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Bill to ban unfair practices in higher education may see light
Rashmi Belur, Daily News & Analysis, January 31, 2011

The Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010, will be placed before parliament soon. The parliamentary standing committee, headed by member of parliament Oscar Fernandes, which was appointed to collect opinion from stake holders, has now started visiting all states.

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School vouchers: Whose choice?
The Journal Gazette, January 30, 2011

School vouchers were not a campaign issue last fall. But they are a legislative priority today – the bill establishing them is co-authored by the Indiana House speaker himself. Taxpayers should ask why lawmakers preaching fiscal responsibility are pushing legislation that would drain millions of dollars from Indiana’s public schools, with no data or research to support their assertion that sending public money to private schools improves education overall.

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Class X exam: CBSE will check any favouritism
Ishfaq Naseem, Indian Express, January 31, 2011

The Central Board of School Education (CBSE) is facing an uphill task convincing teachers and parents that its first-of-the-kind option to students to choose between school-conducted internal exam and an external board exam for Class X will serve to improve education. Ahead of the March examination, CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi has been interacting with parents and teachers in the country to assure them that the board is “not introducing an uneven examination system” as many fear. In Pune on Sunday, Joshi said the board will randomly re-assess answersheets to ensure schools don’t indulge in favouritism during evaluation.

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INDIA: Expanding private and vocational education
Alya Mishra, University World News, January 30,2011

With a slew of parliamentary bills in the pipeline aimed at revolutionising the higher education sector, and increasing participation from international education providers, 2011 may well turn out to be a watershed year for higher education in India – in particular making the playing field clearer for private players and increasing vocational provision. Several bills pending in parliament are expected to be approved during the year, including a bill on accreditation of higher education institutions and programmes to ensure quality education in both government-funded and private institutions.

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Breaking out of the input trap
Yamini Aiyar, Indian Express, January 31, 2011

The recently released Annual Survey of Education Report serves as an important reminder of India’s greatest challenge: converting increased financial outlays to improved development outcomes. Since 2004, India’s education budget has more than doubled, increasing from Rs 152,947 crore in 2004-05 to Rs. 372,813 crore in 2009-10. For the same period, ASER has tracked learning outcomes — and found that learning levels have remained depressingly stagnant. Nearly half the children in Standard 5 are still unable to read a Standard 2 text.

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B-schools to take regulatory tussle with AICTE to court
Kirtika Suneja, Indian Express, January 27, 2011

With the government planning to regulate management education, business schools plan to take legal recourse against the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) for doing so. In a recently held meeting with the council, B-school associations like the Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) and Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) are considering legal action as the AICTE has put guidelines in place to regulate the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programmes.

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Research Paper

Markets in Education: An Analytical Review of Empirical Research on Market Mechanisms in Education
Sietske Waslander, Cissy Pater, Maartje van der Weide

ABSTRACT: In the last three decennia, many governments have introduced market mechanisms in education. They have done so by enhancing parental choice and encouraging school competition, through policies like abolishing catchment areas, creating voucher programmes and setting up charter schools. These market mechanisms have given rise to fierce debates in both political and scientific circles. However, most prior reviews of research literature in this area have concluded that the effects of market mechanisms in education are small, if they are found at all. This review tries to answer the question why that is the case, by analysing the causal pathways that link market mechanisms to educational outcomes and by reviewing the empirical evidence for each step along those causal pathways. The findings of this review point to the need for a nuanced and qualified discussion about market mechanisms in education. What market mechanisms mean in actual practice strongly depends on (local) contexts, while the impact of market mechanisms is related to other policies impacting on parental choice behaviour as well as actions taken by schools.

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Book of the Month

“You’re Going to Love This Kid!”
Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

By Paula Kluth

In “You’re Going to Love This Kid!” Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, Paula Kluth tackles an issue of educational, psychological, and sociological importance: the inclusion (or lack thereof) of autistic children into 'mainstream' classrooms. Kluth begins with a chapter on autism itself – and, more broadly, various conditions along the autistic spectrum. I believe that this is crucial to the success of the book. She does not assume that mainstream teachers will be intimately aware of the intricacies of autism, and she therefore provides an overview of the nature of the condition psychologically, biologically (e.g., senses and reactions to affronts on them), emotionally, behaviorally, and socially, citing a variety of sources, from the DSM-IV-TR manual to quotes from autistic individuals themselves
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Student First! Magazine

The second issue of Student First! Magazine is out. The theme for this issue is Public Private Partnerships in Education.

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RTE Coalition

To initiate and continue the discussion amongst concerned groups and individuals on the issue of right of education and monitor the implementation of the RTE Act, an RTE Coalition has been formed. Join the coalition to make universal elementary education a reality in India. Log on to for more information.


101 Things You Wanted To Know About The Police But Were Too Afraid To Ask

A Children's Book for Adults to Learn from is an easy guide to knowing your police. Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) believes that only when we know that we can speak up with confidence, and it is only when we speak out against wrong, that things will change. The book is brought out in this hope - that people knowing all about their police and their own rights - will use this knowledge to demand the better police service that we all deserve. This has been published in various languages like Hindi, English, Kannada, Telegu, Gujarati and Marathi in India. To know more about these books or for a copy email



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