Weekly Update on Education

21 October 2008

State of elementary education in India: 100 students to a class, 67 to a teacher
Indian Express, 18 October 2008

"In yet another proof of the poor state of elementary education in India, latest data shows that school rooms in many states have as many as 100 students to a class, with a single teacher in-charge of 67 or more." More [+]

Caste away
India Today, 25 September 2008

“The solution is to invest heavily in producing high-quality, committed teachers and create incentives for them to provide special attention to the disadvantaged children right from primary schools.” (N R Narayana Murthy)More [+]

'No takers for human rights education in Delhi schools'
Hindustan Times, 20 October 2008

“"We had introduced IHRE's education module in Delhi, but it did not sustain. Therefore although schools in 11 states are teaching the module for three years in middle school, there are none in Delhi," Henri Tiphagne, advocate, who is a part of the IHRE initiative, told IANS on the sidelines of their national advisory meet in the capital Wednesday.” More [+]

The day the Government stops thinking its schools are for the poor, India will transform itself
India Today, 6 October 2008

“My dream is to improve the quality of our government schools to such an extent that, no matter who we are, each one of us desires to educate our children here. The day when the local government school is able to attract children from across the social spectrum, that will be the day we can proudly proclaim that India is on the threshold of transformation.” (Azim H. Premji) More [+]

VC calls for 'respectable' treatment of principals
The Times of India, 16 October 2008

“Anna University (Chennai) vice chancellor P Mannar Jawahar on Wednesday urged owners of engineering colleges to grant functional autonomy to principals and treat them with dignity to ensure a better academic ambience on the campuses. "Only if you treat them with respect, the staff and students will follow suit," he said at a meeting of college owners, while urging them not to usurp all functional powers in an institution.” More [+]

India: Private Funding Dominates Higher Education Spend, says New Report
PRLog, 17 October 2008

“The report shows that the private spending on education is expected to increase 13% to 15% in next four to five years. It is estimated that by 2011-12, it will surpass Rs. 100,000 Crore from just Rs. 26,883 Crore in 2000-01. The rising private expenditure on education will account for 4% to 5% total private expenditure by 2011-12.”More [+]

Centre to introduce Bill to abolish NCTE
The Hindu, 19 October 2008

“The Centre is likely to introduce a Bill in the current session of Parliament to repeal the National Council for Teacher Education Act with a view to closing down the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and to have the teacher-training institutions under it linked to university departments.” More [+]

HC seeks new plan to help disabled kids in government schools
The Times of India, 16 October 2008

"Concerned over the fate of differently abled children enrolled in MCD and Delhi government schools, Delhi High Court has asked secretary, directorate of education to convene a meeting soon on this issue." More [+]

An ‘all-clear’ education Bill set to get Cabinet nod
Indian Express, 17 October 2008

“In the works since 2002 when the 86th constitutional amendment was effected, the Right to Education (RTE) Bill is set to get the green signal from the Cabinet soon and is on the business agenda for Parliament.” More [+]

Educational Development Index (EDI)
Amongst 21 major states, the top five ranking states are Kerala (EDI, 0.772), Delhi (EDI, 0.757), Tamil Nadu (EDI, 0.741), Himachal Pradesh (EDI, 0.707) and Karnataka (EDI, 0.680).More[+]

College Enrolment ratio
“In 1950, less than one per cent of Indian youth in the 18-23 age group went to colleges. Today that number has grown to 10 per cent. Yet, India is lagging behind most countries in the world. The world average is around 23 per cent and in some of the European countries, the enrolment ratio is 90 per cent.”
Source: Express Buzz


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