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Interests: education, entrepreneurship - especially in small businesses, publishing/media, politics and public policy as well as reading, cricket and listening to Indian classical music.
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Here's the background to the case along with the relevant extracts from the judgement. What was this case (Writ A No. 57476 of 2013) about? The judgement delivered by Justice Sudhir Agarwal of Allahabad High Court on August 18, 2015... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at Education in India
A new bill - the Tamil Nadu Establishment of Private Law Colleges (Prohibition) Act, 2014 (full text) - was introduced in the Assembly by the Tamil Nadu Government on July 30th. The objects and reasons for the bill are described... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Education in India
Vimala Ramachandran of NUEPA gave an interesting talk* on why we have a learning crisis in our schools and what can be done. She also spoke on a range of topics including how Poland implemented education reform successfully (of which... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Education in India
I discuss the idea of school choice and the prospects for it in India with Parth Shah, President of the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in this episode of the Education in India podcast. Listen to the audio podcast (~... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Education in India
A round up of recent answers by the Minstry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to questions raised in the Lok Sabha, relating to education. Details on the shortage of school teachers in India (state-wise) Out of 19.84 lakh sanctioned teacher... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at Education in India
Vikram, Thanks for your comment. I too am not happy about the stratification of education system due to the exit of the elites. And I also agree with your point about the unhealthy dominance of one narrative of history and modernity. Although competitive governance may exacerbate these in the short term, I think it could help address these issues if allowed to play out over the long term. The decisive advantage you mentioned, of the Central Government over state and local bodies today, is due to the state and local governments' lack of finanical autonomy and especially the local governments' lack of operational control over basic education. If that is changed, there can be true competitive governance and the hold of the Central and State governments will begin to wane. But that change will be a slow process and demand for it will have to be driven politically from bottom-up. Thanks to the Aam Aadmi Party, and their vision and talk of Swaraj at the local level, the idea is now becoming mainstream and a matter for public debate.
With private school enrollments increasing over the years, government schools are in effect in competition with private schools for students. But there is another kind of competition in play in the education sector - the competition between the local governments,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2014 at Education in India
Shekhar Shah, the moderator of the panel 'Action Plan 2025: Rethinking Policy' at the recently held 2013 School Choice National Conference in Delhi asked the three panelists what they thought were the three most important things India should do to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Education in India
In the first episode of the Education in India podcast, Subir Shukla, Principal Co-ordinator at IGNUS-ERG, talks about a wide range of topics relating to education in India. Subir has worked for over 25 years in school education in India... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at Education in India
What are the areas of common ground in the ongoing debate on improving school education in India to provide a quality education for all children? The points of contention seem to get more attention and are often amplified in the public debate, while the points of agreement are forgotten. I’ve tried to list out the areas of agreement, which can be termed 'axioms', that could serve as the common ground to build on. Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2013 at Education in India
"People pay taxes of many kinds to the Tamil Nadu Government and should therefore enthusiastically admit their children in government schools and benefit from the free education provided in the government schools," says the Tamil Nadu Primary Teachers Association (TNPTA).... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Education in India
After India's poor performance in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 cycle of tests, there is no clarity about India's participation in the PISA 2012 cycle of tests. There have been news reports indicating and suggesting that the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2012 at Education in India
In a volte face, the Govt has reversed its view (filed earlier in an affidavit in the Delhi High Court) that home schooling is permissible under the Right to Education Act. Deccan Herald reports The Union government took a U-turn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Education in India
This act covers only schools and not colleges.
The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) has come up with a draft legislation for prohibiting unfair practices in schools. A copy of the full text of the draft of The Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Schools Bill, 2012 can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Education in India
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On Oct 17, 2012, the Government reversed its earlier stand (referred to in the original post below) and now says home schooling is NOT permissible under the RTE Act. For more details, see new post on this. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2012 at Education in India
"Starting nearly 50 DTH channels for Higher Education in the Country within the XI Plan period has occupied a high place under the National Mission on Education through ICT (NMEICT) at present. MHRD’s request to ISRO for providing 2 transponders... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2012 at Education in India
Sample questions from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests have been published by the OECD, the organisation that conducts the tests. Check out the questions. If your children are about 15 years old or more, you could ask... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Education in India
This seemed like a very good idea. The HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal, proposed the idea for a National Education Finance Corporation in early 2010, and expanded on it in the Rajya Sabha by making a persuasive case for it. Under... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2012 at Education in India
The education establishment reacts to the PISA results for Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh. [Indian Express] Rattled over the dismal performance of Indian schools on a reputed international ranking system, the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has asked the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Education in India
The detailed report on the PISA 2009+ cycle of tests including the results for the pilot in India in the states of Tamil Nadu (TN) and Himachal Pradesh (HP) has been published by the Australian Council for Educational Research, which... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Education in India
There are many terms and concepts used in the PISA 2009+ report, which also lays out some caveats in interpreting the results, for Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in particular. This post looks at the terminology and the caveats described... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at Education in India
The Indian Government seems to have been reluctant initially to participate in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) tests. In reply to a question in Parliament on March 10th, 2008 by Rajya Sabha MP, Rahul Bajaj on the reasons... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Education in India
Two states in India, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh, have participated for the first time in a pilot in the 2009 PISA round of testing. Here's some background information on PISA, documented for later reference. For a quick and handy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2011 at Education in India
Catalysing Education for All: Intention, Innovation, and Implementation 2011 SCHOOL CHOICE NATIONAL CONFERENCE Wednesday, 21 December 2011, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi The Centre for Civil Society and the School Choice Campaign invite you to the third annual School Choice... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2011 at Education in India