Weekly Update on Education

19 October 2010

Rural India: English medium schools mushrooming across villages
Jayashree Bhosale & Gulveen Aulakh, Economic Times, October 16, 2010

Ten-year-old Maanav Grewal is up at the crack of dawn every day. He has to get ready for school 24 km away from his home in Tahliwala Jattan village in Ferozpur, Punjab. The fourth-grader’s school in the district’s main city, Fazilka, starts at 8 am, but he has to be up two hours earlier to catch the only jeep that ferries students from his village. There are other schools closer home, but Maanav’s parents, who are well-to-do farmers, were set on this one. “Any school would not do,” especially if the medium of instruction was more Punjabi than English. They chose an English-medium school, which gave Maanav a “better education”.

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Education NGOs get maximum foreign funds, US leads the way
The Indian Express, October 18, 2010

The top ten recipients of foreign funds in India are all in the education sector. While the United States doles out the maximum funds to Indian NGOs working in the education sector, the other countries which make it to the top five list are United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Netherlands. According to the figures accessed by The Indian Express through RTI, the US sent Rs 170 crore to these NGOs in 2005-06. The figure went up to Rs 494.58 crore in 2007-08, despite the recession. The UK, which sent Rs 55 crore in 2005-06, hiked the amount to Rs 893 crore in 2006-07, but calibrated it down to Rs 477 crore in the year 2007-08.

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LSE, Reliance Foundation to set up universities in India
Economic Times, October 16, 2010

The London School of Economics will collaborate with Reliance Foundation, run by the promoters of India’s largest corporate house, for setting up world-class universities in the South-Asian nation. Reliance Foundation is the philanthropy arm of Indian billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries group, while the LSE is one of the world’s most reputed business schools. The LSE would collaborate with the Reliance Foundation in setting up world class Universities in India, LSE’s Professor Lord Nicholas Stern said here last night.

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US not to cut education budget as India, China not doing so: Obama
The Times of India, October 16, 2010

President Barack Obama has vowed not to have any cut in the US education budget as suggested by the Republicans, arguing that countries like India, China and Germany are spending massively on their education system. ”We see an America where every citizen has the skills and training to compete with any worker in the world. The other side might think it’s a good idea to cut education by 20 per cent, but let’s think about this,” Obama said at an election event in Delaware ahead of the November Congressional polls.

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‘Bills on higher education unconstitutional’
Economic Times, October 16, 2010

A newly-formed body of universities today termed as “unconstitutional” a series of bills aimed at reforming higher education in the country and demanded that they be referred to a committee headed by a Supreme Court judge. The Indian Council of Universities , which held its first meeting here, discussed the Educational Tribunal Bill, 2010, the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in technical educational institutions, medical educational institutions and Universities Bill , 2010 and the Higher Education and Research Bill , 2010 which is yet to be introduced in Parliament.

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Lauded Harlem Schools Have Their Own Problems
Sharon Otterman, The New York Times, October 12, 2010

The fifth-graders at Broadous Elementary School come from the same world — the poorest corner of the San Fernando Valley, a Pacoima neighborhood framed by two freeways where some have lost friends to the stray bullets of rival gangs. Many are the sons and daughters of Latino immigrants who never finished high school, hard-working parents who keep a respectful distance and trust educators to do what’s best. The students study the same lessons. They are often on the same chapter of the same book. Yet year after year, one fifth-grade class learns far more than the other down the hall. The difference has almost nothing to do with the size of the class, the students or their parents. It’s their teachers.

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More than ramps needed to make education barrier-free
The Times of India, October 18, 2010

The state government’s recent announcement that it will focus on making secondary school education barrier-free has been welcomed by activists though they add that more than just ramps and resource centres are needed to make the education system truly inclusive. ”We need to change exam methodology to make it more inclusive as well as have a curriculum that allows for people with different abilities,” says disability rights activist Rajiv Rajan. “It’s mainly the special schools and NGOs that offer vocational training and skill development like carpentry or food processing.” These NGOs are mostly based in urban areas, while a large proportion of disabled children live in villages.

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25 pc quota not a must in pvt schools: State
Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times, October 15, 2010

Private schools in Maharashtra may not have to accommodate underprivileged students from the neighbourhood in 25% of their seats, the government has said. The Right To Education Act, which came into force on April 1, makes the reservation mandatory, but private schools will have to implement it if the state is unable to accommodate these students in its own schools.

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Research Paper

Governance of Technical Education in India

Andreas Blom and Jannette Cheong eds.

ABSTRACT: There are approximately 2,400 technical/engineering institutions across India’s 30 states, of which less than 8 percent of public institutions are autonomous. The demand for tertiary education continues. There has been a phenomenal growth in the number of private colleges across India in the last 20 years. Private colleges now deliver 85 percent of all technical and engineering education. The significant changes in supply and demand make it increasingly important to ensure that tertiary education systems and institutions are effectively and efficiently governed and managed to meet the needs of industry and society. As key national changes are imminent, stakeholder groups represented at the Learning Forum emphasized the importance of working in partnership, so that overlapping interests can support a more effective delivery of education to meet the needs of society and industry. Good governance is an area where effective partnerships are crucial. Strengthening links with industry and local communities could also support a range of development opportunities for courses, faculty and most importantly the student experience and education and research outcomes.

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