Weekly Update on Education

7 December 2010

Paris tries education charm IIT plan on PM dinner table
The Telegraph, December 5, 2010

Six decades after Charles François Marie Baron, the last French Governor-General in India, proposed a visionary Francophone university in Puducherry, President Nicolas Sarkozy is reviving that vision which was then scuttled by the British. The Governor-General, whose title changed to Commissaire five days after Independence and remained in his post till May 1949, envisaged what Indians would now call IIT and IIM-style campuses with French characteristics under the umbrella of the university he proposed.France’s involvement in setting up a new Indian Institute of Technology in Jaipur — and not the nuclear liability bill or the ban on Sikh turbans in French public schools —took up a big slice of the conversation between Sarkozy and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a “private” dinner for France’s First Couple at Singh’s residence tonight.

More [+]

Rs 8,800-cr boost for education
Business Line, December 2, 2010

The Rs 8,846-crore endowment that comes from Mr Azim Premji’s share transfer to an “irrevocable” trust will be used to fund various social, not-for-profit initiatives, including the Azim Premji University. Mr Azim Premji, Chairman of the Azim Premji Foundation, on Wednesday announced that he would transfer 2.13 crore equity shares (an 8.6 per cent stake) of Wipro Ltd held by certain entities controlled by him to a trust. The transfer will be effected by December 7. The trust is controlled by Mr Premji and he will continue to retain the voting rights of the transferred shares.Commenting on the development, Mr Karthik Ananth, Director-Market Expansion, Zinnov Management Consulting, said, “Since Mr Premji still holds voting rights, the share transfer has no correlation with the SEBI shareholding norms. This is more of a charitable act. Globally, people like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates do such charity.

More [+]

Boost for engineering colleges in city
Hindustan Times, December 5, 2010

Space-starved Mumbai can now have more engineering colleges. On Saturday the Union human resources development minister said that the 2.5 acre land requirement for engineering institutes in the city will be reduced. The requirement is set by the All India Council of Technical Education. There are several institutions in the city that want to set up engineering institutes but huge land required is a hindrance. As a result there have been no new engineering colleges in the city since 2005.Currently there are 48 engineering colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai. Of there 22 are located in south Mumbai and suburbs. These colleges cater only to 8000 students.

More [+]

CAG slams 25 top Delhi’s private schools
Akshaya Mukul, The Times of India, December 6, 2010

Delhi’s private schools had complained that they were reeling under the burden of having to pay teachers higher salaries recommended by the 6th Pay Commission. A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), however, said they used the Pay Commission as an alibi to fatten themselves. In a damning indictment, the auditor held that 25 elite private schools passed on the burden of implementing the recommendations of the 6th Pay Commission to parents, without drawing on the cash reserves they had accumulated by not implementing the staff salaries prescribed by the government.

.More [+]

Just 5% higher education schools run by Gujarat government
Bharat Yagnik, The Times of India, December 5, 2010

It was a point to ponder when R Govinda, vice-chancellor of National University for Education, Planning and Administration of the Union human resource development ministry, said recently at a national conference held in the city that there are less than five per cent government secondary and higher secondary schools in Gujarat. “While over 85 per cent primary schools are run by the state government, there are less than five per cent government-run secondary and higher secondary schools in Gujarat. This scenario is completely different in other stateswhere the share of government schools in higher education is much more,” said Govinda.

More [+]

A great Indian merger
Anurag Behar, Mint, December 1 2010

Slowly but surely, two of the flagship social programmes of the government of India have become bigger and have reached more children. Education for All, or Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’s (SSA) mission is quality education for 192 million children across 1.1 million habitations of the country. Today, 98% of the habitations have a school within 1km. This is some progress. On the other hand, the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) scheme aims to improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group 0-6 years, and to lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child. The mechanism for this is the “anganwadi” (daycare centre) in every habitation. The state governments run about 1.4 million suchanganwadis across the country.

More [+]

First step to RTE: Govt nod soon for school management panels
Indian Express, December 1, 2010

In a signal that the Right to Education Act may be operational in Gujarat by next year, the Primary Education Department has decided to form School Management Committees (SMCs) — a basic requirement under RTE — and a government resolution on the same is expected soon. Under the Act, each school should form an SMC with at least three-fourths of it’s members drawn from parents or guardians of the students in that school. The resolution would initiate this process.These committees would then submit school development plans for the next three years. The government would, on the basis of these plans, prepare grants to help implement the plans.

More [+]

Education is still a distant dream for for disabled in Karnataka
Daily News & Analysis, December 4, 2010

As the nation observed the World Disability Day on Friday, disabled rights’ activists rued that the right to education was still a far-fetched dream for disabled children. The activists said that with no special educators available and lack of infrastructural facilities including ramps and braille gadgets, schools in Bangalore were far from being disabled friendly. They also demanded that under the Karnataka state draft rules of the Right to Education (RTE) Act, the government should provide special provisions to disabled children.“The RTE Act does not make any special mention about the need of special educators for children with various disabilities in schools.

More [+]

Research Paper
Analysis of Government Education in Chandigarh: A Calculation of Per Capita Expenditure

Shruthi Jayaram

Chandigarh has come a long way in the education scenario, with an overall literacy rate of 81.76%1, as covered by the 2001 census which is considerably higher than the nation wideaverage of 65%. Its rural-urban literacy split is also suggestive of a relatively efficienteducation system, the figures being, again, considerably greater than the national average. This project aims to analyze the efficiency and the efficacy of government spending on education in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, with special regard to elementary and secondary education. It calculates per capita expenditure on education in schools, with disaggregates of primary and secondary per capita education expenditure. Chandigarh has come a long way in the education scenario, with an overall literacy rate of 81.76%1, as covered by the 2001 census which is considerably higher than the nation wide average of 65%. Its rural-urban literacy split is also suggestive of a relatively efficient education system, the figures being, again, considerably greater than the national average.

More [+]


Book of the Month

Race, Culture & Identities in Second Language Education: Exploring Critically Engaged Practice

Kubota, Ryuko & Lin, Angel (Eds.)

NY: Routledge (2009)

This book explores the nexus of race, culture, language, and identity as they come together in different school settings—bilingual, ESL, EFL—around the world (U.S., Latin America, Canada, Asia, and Australia). The explorations of the role of race and racialization are both theoretical and practical. Race is constructed theoretically “as a form of embodied habitus that gains different currencies in different social and cultural field governed by different rules of exchange” (Kubota & Lin citing Luke, within volume, p. 12). Race is also treated practically in the data-driven inquiries that span the spectrum of educational levels—from pre-school through high school and adult education.

For more click here


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.



Saturday, 18 December 2010

The Theatre, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India

For more details click here





400 girl children from poor families of North East Delhi receive school vouchers for a period of 4 years.
For details visit  website





Support Children's Right to Education of Choice!

For more details on how to support, log on to or email us at


This is our 113th edition. Please give your feedback to make it more useful to you at

Disclaimer: Copyright of the contents of this newsletter remains with the original author/publisher.