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…)

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…)

LexQuest’s 2nd National Article Writing Competition, 2018

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.
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Of Privileged Indians: Note from One to the Others

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…)

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…)

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…)

Urban Refugee: Educational Needs of the Dispersed

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…)