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…)

Vyapam Scam: An Analysis

By Rashmi Singh, ILS Law College, Pune.

The newspapers are once again flooded with the news of a high profile scam breathing for its life in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The recent death of an MBBS student has brought the light on the alleged rigging of the selection process for government colleges and jobs in the State by the Government. The scam has attracted all the attention it could, due to the involvement of several bureaucrats, businessmen, politicians and even their families and its high financial nature, running into crores of rupees. It is proving to be a showdown for various high ranking government officials of the State involving the Chief Minister at the forefront. (more…)

Right to Education: An Analysis

By Sanya Darakhshan Kishwar, Central University of Bihar, Gaya and Sagarika Chandel, KIIT School Of Law, Bhubaneswar.

The right to education is a universal entitlement to education, recognized in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights as a human right that includes the right to free, compulsory primary education for all, an obligation to develop secondary education accessible to all, in particular by the progressive introduction of free secondary education, as well as an obligation to develop equitable access to higher education, ideally by the progressive introduction of free higher education.

Check out this interesting Power Point Presentation explaining the ins and outs of RTE: (more…)

Right to Education in the context of Child Labor: An Analysis

By Rohin Bhansali, Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat.

Child labor is widespread and bad for development, both that of the individual child and of the society and economy in which she or he lives. If allowed to persist to the current extent, child labor will prevent the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty and achieving Education for All.

Child labor is one of the biggest problems faced by world today. According to UNICEF, a staggering number of 250 million children aged 2 to 17 are subjected to child labor worldwide. Child labor is defined by many organizations as “any kind of work for children that harms them or exploits them in some way may it be physically, mentally, morally or by depriving a child of education”. Child labor is a social menace in many parts of the world, especially developing countries. There is a widespread practice of child labor in places like agriculture, factories, mining, and quarrying etc. (more…)

Unrecognised Schools: Are they really a problem?

By Siddhant Sharma, Amity Law School, Jaipur.

A school is deemed to be unrecognised when it does not fulfill the unrealistic infrastructure requirements and teacher salary scales that the government demands as a prerequisite for recognition. Such schools are unaided by the government but might get donations from private donors or organisations.[i]

These low cost private schools have serious implications on the right to education of low income families or poor families. (more…)

Legal Literacy in India

By Tarunika Rajesh, Law College Dehradun, Uttaranchal University.

The Need to Transform India at the Ground Level via Legal Awareness and Education

Legal awareness and knowledge are an indispensable part of a citizen’s education program which will enlighten and empower him to scale new heights of progression and free himself from the excesses of the executive or any existing authority. It is the central key to unlocking the door of positive change that we have cried out for so long in the years gone by and desire so much. This article stresses on the importance of Legal Literacy and how it can affect the pattern of overall development this New Year. (more…)

St Xavier’s Case: A Critical Analysis

“The Constitution has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, The People.”

-Joseph story

The whole debate in the Constituent Assembly on Article 23 of the Draft Constitution which later assumed the shape of the present Article 29 and 30, revolve round this issue: what rights could or should be conceded to minorities? Indian constitution draftsman believed that in order to be a welfare state various fundamental rights should be endowed to citizens as to develop a sense of equality and unity and right to education is the best developer of these principles. (more…)