Issue # 287 | 10 June 2014









Blog | Farah Mendjour

Punjab: A Hotspot For Closure Of Budget Private Schools

In the year 2013-2014, more than 1000 schools in the state of Punjab have seen their doors closing because of matters of non-compliance with the Right To Education (RTE) Act - a phenomenon clearly heightened by the end of the three year deadline (March 2014) which had been given to the private schools to meet the necessary norms.

Among the impacted ones, the blossoming sector of Budget Private School (BPS) has particularly made the news - it saw school management out demonstrating and parents publically expressing their anger. It is not surprising that BPS would be the first to suffer from this situation. Serving mostly underprivileged sections of Indian students with low fees and with rather limited resources, being able to meet the infrastructure norms of the RTE appeared like a distant dream for school owners. Even if the media has captured some of these stories there is still very little clarity on the actual number of impacted schools which foresees to be much higher that one could expect.


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Video | Centre for Civil Society

Education 2025: Student First! – A shared vision for India



Education 2025: Student First! - A shared vision for India



The fourth edition of Centre for Civil Society’s annual flagship School Choice National Conference (SCNC) focused on ways of shifting the focus of education from inputs to outcomes, and by putting the student at the centre of the teaching learning exercise.


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Research | Huma Kidwai, Denise Burnette, Shreyanka Rao, Seema Nath, Monisha Bajaj and Nirupam Bajpai; Columbia Global Centers, South Asia (Mumbai) Columbia University; Aug 2013

In-service Teacher Training for Public Primary Schools in Rural India: Findings from District Morigaon (Assam) and District Medak (Andhra Pradesh)

Abstract: India has made significant advances in school education in the recent years which being the political recognition of Universalization of Elementary education (UEE) as a legitimate demand and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education. This has led to a higher demand of qualified elementary school teachers. However, questions are being raised on whether the current cohort of teachers is being trained properly to meet the ever-increasing demands of being educators.The paper concludes with a list of recommendations to the local governments and education authorities which encourages the local offices to partner with other actors in the field to better understand educational quality and achievement and its determining factors: teacher training, school participation, district level education and budget planning, school environment, and monitoring and evaluation.


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Times of India, 10 June 2014

Letter to Smriti Irani: Five steps to take India's education system from mediocre to world class

Dear HRD minister,
Congratulations on BJP's victory in the general elections. We now eagerly await the measures that your government will take to drive socio-economic prosperity for the country. As the government prepares for such measures, it is important to note that for any growth model to be successful we need an educated and skilled population. That's why PM Narendra Modi placed skills at the head of his "skill, scale and speed" formula to transform India.


Economic Times, 10 June 2014

World Bank to offer transition support of $3.5 billion to India for infrastructure, education initiatives

NEW DELHI: The World Bank will continue its concessional lending meant for poorer countries to India and has also significantly upped the country's single-borrower limit, looking to provide a helping hand to the new government in taking forward its agenda on infrastructure, skilling, river cleaning and tourism.


The New Indian Express, 10 June 2014

National Education Policy Soon, Sports to be Part of School Curriculum

NEW DELHI: Emphasising its priority on social sector, the NDA Government would soon formulate a National Education policy. The policy would be aimed at setting up IITs and IIMs in each state and establishment of AIIMS-like institutions in every state as well as providing 33 per cent reservation for women in legislature.


Times of India, 9 June 2014

Teacher training weakest link in education chain

One of the most important streams of higher education is teachers' training. It is from here that thousands of young men and women spread out to teach children in schools, virtually holding the destiny of the future generations in their hands. Yet teachers' training remains one of the most chaotic, neglected and deficient sectors of India's vast education system.


Business Standard, 6 June 2014

India must regain its past glory in education: President

President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed disappointment over the fact that not a single modern Indian educational institution is amongst the top 200 educational institutes in the world, whereas from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD, for a period of 1500 years, India was the leader in higher education in the world.






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