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…)
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…)
To commemorate the 127th Birth Anniversary year of the Father of our Constitution, Lexquest is initiating a drive, to engage and ideate with you, thereby working in the direction of enriching thoughts and encouraging actions. At the same time, keeping in line with the Preamble envisaged by the visionary, Baba Saheb Ambedkar, we aspire to initiate the fraternity into the long haul journey of educational emancipation of the nation.
By Adv. Tanya Chandra, Co-Founder, LexQuest.
Sometimes, it dawns upon us that being born into privilege of any kind, in an underdeveloped country, changes the course of our priorities, and it is indeed a safety net, hence an escape route from a life of deprivation, oppression, indignity and neglect that millions of the same country are otherwise subjected to. This is when, on a daily basis, us, the depositories of country’s fate, full of life and potential, encounter them, who, for the reason of being born without any safety nets, can never afford the opportunities, tastes, lives and priorities that we feel entitled to. This is where the conflict magnifies and it’s folly to believe that all human beings can change the course of their lives, as and when they choose to. For, choice itself is still largely a matter of privilege in our part of the world. (more…)
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…)
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…)
By Binny Kumari, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya and Saif Rasul Khan, Research Associate, LexQuest.
Meaning of the term urban refugee
The Geneva Convention on Refugees defines a refugee as, “a person who is outside their country of citizenship because they have well founded fear of prosecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and is unable to obtain sanctuary from their home country or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country.” In context of the term, urban refugee, there is no clear definition but it points to the changing trend of refugees making their ways to cities as against the traditional image of settling in refugee camps. (more…)
By Akash Agarwal, Amity Law School, Noida.
In a recent case, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India stayed the New Haryana Panchayat Law i.e. Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015, which prescribed the minimum educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting local body elections in Haryana which were scheduled to be held on 4th October, 2015. The passing of the Act made a large hue and cry in the state, which ultimately led the people to knock the doors of the Apex Court, by filing a petition. (more…)
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…)
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…)