Weekly Update on Education

11 January 2011

UK for deepening cooperation with India in education sector
Economic Times, January 6, 2011

The United Kingdon plans to deepen cooperation with India in the field of education , which offers “great opportunities” to boost bilateral economic ties, a top British official said here on Saturday. “Education offers a big opportunity for greater cooperation between the UK and India, beyond the traditional cooperation,” Simon Fraser, the new head of the British Foreign Office said.

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Now, rating for B-schools
Kalpana Pathak & Rajesh Bhayani, Business Standard, January 10, 2011

As credit rating agencies get ready to grade business schools, the jury is out on whether the process will be of much use. In December 2010, Mumbai-based Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) received an A*** grading by credit rating agency Crisil. The institute is now all set to adorn it. “We will tell the world about it. Its already on our website and now all our advertisements would carry this. We have already communicated it to all our stakeholders. It has reassured that we are on the right track,” said Rajan Saxena, Vice Chancellor, NMIMS University.

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Indian Express, January 10, 2011

This is the season of angst in Delhi for parents who begin the arduous process of applying for primary school admissions this month. The competition for the miniscule number of seats is so stiff, and for parents the anxiety so overwhelming, that I’m surprised a TV network hasn’t come up with a reality show on it yet. It’s bound to generate fantastic TRPs considering the ready audience of frustrated parents. Simply, the slots available at nursery level have not kept pace with our numbers, giving schools across India too much power. The Delhi government may prohibit profiling of children on the basis of their parents professions and education, but schools pretty much choose who they please.

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Pennsylvania leaders push plan for school vouchers
Jodi Weigand, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, January 9, 2011

This week Pennsylvanians will get a look at a plan to use state money to give low-income families alternatives to public school. State Sens. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and Anthony Williams, D-Philadelphia, will release their proposal for a tuition voucher system mid-week. Parents could use the money to send their child to a public, parochial or private school of their choice.

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Teachers in Kerala to get laptops, netbooks at subsidised rates

The Hindu, January 8, 2011

In response to persistent demands from school teachers in Kerala, the ‘IT@School’ programme has readied a scheme for making available laptops and netbooks at subsidised rates for up to 50,000 teachers. “Under this scheme laptops will be available for Rs. 17,770 and netbooks for Rs. 11,450. This is 37 per cent and 36 per cent respectively, less than the current market prices for these machines”, Executive Director of the ‘IT@School’ Anvar Sadath said.

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India’s higher education spend to hit Rs 150k-cr
Amit Bapna & Sruthi Radhakrishnan, The Economic Times, January 4, 2011

In school, most children sport a morose look and a sense of gloom prevails when the mathematics teacher starts talking numbers, scribbling furiously on the black board. Class tests, homework with sums, additions and subtractions, numbers and percentile follows a student, right from school till graduation. After all, in India, it’s numbers that makes or breaks a career choice. But numbers also brings a smile on faces. Well, ask the schools, colleges, coaching classes and peripherals in the education space in India. And the sum with all its multiplications, we are talking about, will definitely warm the cockles of anyone making a living out of teaching students.

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Enter, the education professionals
Saritha Rai, Indian Express, January 9, 2011

Sandwiched between the tall dazzle of Wipro’s steel-and-glass offices on Sarjapur Road in Bangalore, and its chairman Azim Hasham Premji’s tucked-away-from-prying-eyes expansive private residence, stands a modest two-storeyed building. Against the backdrop of thick woods, surrounded by falling leaves, the diminutive building paints a rather dreamy picture. The style is exposed brick, tile and green-blue glass. A small sign at the gate announces the Azim Premji Foundation. This is the operational headquarters of Azim Premji University, India’s very first education university—a grand, not-for-profit institution whose ambition is to revolutionise India’s education system.

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Is Law School a Losing Game?
David Segal, New York Times, January 8, 2011

If there is ever a class in how to remain calm while trapped beneath $250,000 in loans, Michael Wallerstein ought to teach it. Here he is, sitting one afternoon at a restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a tall, sandy-haired, 27-year-old radiating a kind of surfer-dude serenity. His secret, if that’s the right word, is to pretty much ignore all the calls and letters that he receives every day from the dozen or so creditors now hounding him for cash.

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Research Paper
Do Scholarships Help Students Continue Their Education?


ABSTRACT: Providing children with a quality education is a priority of policymakers and education experts around the world. Creating a successful education system requires more than good teachers and the right infrastructure. Children must be encouraged to stay in school long enough to benefit from the offerings. Making this happen is a critical step in education reform. A variety of research questions remain unanswered, however. Can scholarships help students extend their education beyond primary school in low income countries? Should payments be made directly to the children or to their parents? Is there an optimal scholarship amount? And do boys and girls need the same encouragement?


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Photo of the Month

Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development at inaugural session of the ninth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas at New Delhi




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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Skill Vouchers - Global Experiences and Lessons for India

Leah Verghese and Parth J Shah

A study of the role that skill vouchers can play in catalysing demand for quality skill development services. This study examines global experiences with skill vouchers and draws lessons for India from these experiences.

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Reservation in Private Schools under the Right to Education Act: Model for Implementation

Shekhar Mittal and Parth J Shah

Through this document the Centre for Civil Society seeks to highlight the lacunae in the current framework for 25% reservation for weaker and disadvantaged groups in unaided private schools and seeks to provide inputs on effective implementation of the same.

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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.






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