Right to Internet vis à vis Right to Primary Education in the NCT of Delhi

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In the last few months, COVID-19 has surfaced as an unprecedented challenge for the issue of access to quality education, especially for primary school students in government schools. For most of the students in government primary schools belonging to the disadvantaged communities, absence of computers, smartphones or any reliable broadband service means failure to access the e-learning tools that have proved to be indispensable in the event of the lockdown. With the proven necessity of access to the internet for access to education, lack of government intervention has highlighted the scale of poor access to the internet and its adverse consequences for access to primary education.  (more…)

Draft National Education Policy: An Overhaul of the Indian Education System

There have been significant changes in the world and the country since the last time the education policy was modified. Hence a need was felt to do so now, such that the educational requirements of the present scenario could best be tackled. A committee was set up in June 2017 under the chairmanship of Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan to formulate the draft of a new National Education Policy, which was subsequently submitted by the Committee to the Central Government on 31st May, 2019. This proposed education policy is built on the foundational principles of accessibility, equity, quality, affordability and accountability in the education system. It has suggested a wide variety of major reforms at all levels of education concerning curriculum, pedagogy, technological interventions and structural reforms. (more…)

Draft National Education Policy

Reshaping the Educational Landscape: Draft National Education Policy

By Parvathy Ramesh, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh.

India-centred, sustainable, equitable, vibrant, and high-quality – these are the keywords used to describe the vision of the draft National Education Policy (NEP) in a report submitted on May 31, 2019. Chaired by Dr. K. Kasturirangan, the Committee for Draft National Education Policy proposes several reformations in the present educational structure, regulation, and governance, keeping in mind Indian traditions and values while being aware of the goals of the education sector in the 21st century. The policy correctly mentions that education should be viewed as a public good, and not as a commodity to be consumed, and goes on to recommend new policies in several key areas: (more…)

Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan: A Major Overhaul in India’s Education Sector?

By Vishu Surana, National Law School of India University, Bangalore.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela realized 30 years ago that education is the most essential tool for social, economic and political transformation and a key instrument for building a just society. For a country like India to develop socially and economically, we need educated individuals. Keeping this in mind, our Human Resource Development Minister, Mr Prakash Javadekar launched the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SMSA) with the aim of improving quality of school education. It aims to unify learning from Class 1 to Class 12 by adopting a holistic teaching approach and using technology to empower teachers and students both. (more…)

Institutions of Eminence in the age of Academic Hype

By Qamar Ali Jafri, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow.

Everyone dreams of studying in a premiere world institute. No country ever feels that it can do without a world-class university. Now, in the age of academic hype, who decides what is ‘world-class’ or  ‘premiere’ or ‘flagship’ or for that matter, who decides upon the ‘institutions of eminence (IOE)’? The phrase ‘institutions of eminence’ caught the limelight in a recent policy decision made by the Indian government. UGC rolled out a scheme for providing regulatory structure to enable 20 Indian Institutions to become world class teaching and research institutes. For the same, the government constituted an empowered expert committee (EEC) under the leadership of N. Gopalaswami with an aim to give these institutes the IOE tag, and further project them on the global platform. However, the creation of this special IOE category is a passive admission on the part of the government that the Indian universities have failed to establish a place among the top-ranked institutions in the world. (more…)

Dovetailing Livelihood with Literacy

By Annapurna Sinharay, Symbiosis Law School, Pune.

Karl Marx vilified the education system as an instrument in the hands of the evil capitalists to train a pliant labour force. However, the widespread unemployment plaguing the country today has reduced the system to one of a much benign nature, hopefully to Marx’s liking. Among the many reasons behind this unemployment is the growing mismatch between skills (owing to education) and occupations. As India marches towards evolving into a ‘knowledge economy’, it becomes increasingly imperative to focus on imparting skills relevant to the upcoming economic environment. The discrepancy between skills and employment is particularly acute in the inaccessible terrains of the country, specifically the hilly regions. This article dives deep into the problem and explores possible solutions for it. (more…)

Reshaping Education: The BRICS Way

By Sandeep G., SASTRA Deemed University, Thanjavur.

GDP is the indicator of the economic strength of every Country. Presently, all nations compete with each other to increase their economic strength, by domestically formulating highly feasible economic policies and entering into treaties with various other nations. However, an encounter against the prevalent illiteracy rate in India has, since time immemorial, been the need of the hour. Sustainable Development is essential to strengthen the interdependence among the nations. Every Country has been categorized as developed, developing or underdeveloped, depending on its economic strength in the world. The fact that education is a major contributor to a nation’s growth in terms of everything, is undeniable. (more…)

Government Regulated Schools v Colleges: A Study in Contrast

By Kartik Pathania, Amity Law School, Delhi.

Education is a life saving jacket that will keep you afloat even when you delve deeper in the ocean. As a process of imparting knowledge, it enlightens or trains one in any of the fields. It is as vital as the basic necessities for survival like air, water, food and so on. It has brought evolution in every stream of life. It comprises knowledge imparted from the books as well as  social and moral values which have a direct impact on our life leading to personal, social and economic development. By helping us acquire new skills and knowledge that causes our development, it enhances our awareness level, standard of living and makes us capable of earning a livelihood. (more…)

The DU Photocopying Case: Opening the Floodgates of Open Access in Indian Education

By Somya Pahi Jena, NALSAR, Hyderabad

Within the premises of the Delhi School of Economics, is situated Rameshwari Photocopy Services, owned by Dharam Pal Singh. To the unassuming eye, it is an ordinary photocopy shop but over the past few months, it found itself at the centre of a watershed legal tussle involving Indian copyright jurisprudence. Today the judgment stands as a landmark for the open access movement in Indian pedagogy and the photocopy shop stands as a reminder of the same.   (more…)

Indigenous Ranking Framework for Higher Education

By Anshika Juneja, Symbiosis Law College, Pune.

Higher Education is defined as, ‘education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially upto the degree level’. The government has unveiled an indigenous ranking framework for higher educational institutions that it believes will give Indian institutions a competitive platform free of any international bias. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry Tuesday unveiled a first-of-its-kind indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions, in response to global rankings in which Indian universities and colleges usually do not fare too well. The framework is different from global rankings in that it will judge institutions based on country-specific parameters. (more…)