Why ‘skilling’ India must focus on schooling

The thrust on vocational skills and values among the youth has more often looked at solutions based on extraneous skill-development modules. E S Ramamurthy explains why a more skilled future workforce must entail fundamental reforms in schooling.

Livelihood Curricula Education opinions Education Opinions

Building a library a day
Entrepreneur and social activist Pradeep Lokhande’s project of setting up a library every day across rural schools in Maharashtra is helping many poor students see the light of a new day. Ramesh Menon reports on this unique initiative.
Profiles Education Society

Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s
The Integrated Child Development Services scheme was launched to address the nutrition, health and learning needs of all children below six years of age. Ankita Aggarwal shares findings from a survey that point to the huge variations in implementation and effectiveness.
Child health Education Government

Mr. Leader, I have a question...
As the rhetoric among political parties over their commitment and promises to the people rises, Shankar Jaganathan articulates that one question that will test what they truly stand for.
Food Security Government OP-ED Poverty

When legal redress isn't enough to protect children
Hospital-based Collaborative Child Response Units can go a long way in providing immediate medical attention, minimising secondary trauma, and ensuring that children abused sexually get adequate social support. Vinita A Shetty looks at why these CCRUs are so critical for minor victims.
Justice KARNATAKA Human Rights

Lone crusader warns school-goers against substance abuse
Moved by a personal tragedy, young Bengali engineer-turned-actor Bobby Chakraborty has launched a singular campaign to educate schoolchildren about the impact of alcohol and other addiction and deter them from the path. Shoma A Chatterji brings us his story.

The film that changed Afroza's life
Flickering Angels, a moving documentary on the lives of children of imprisoned parents in West Bengal, helps a child of an illegal immigrant caught in tragic circumstances to go back to her homeland. Shoma A Chatterji dwells on the reformative capacity of cinema.
Reviews Films

A childhood lost behind bars
The 2012 crime records from NCRB show nearly 1800 children jailed by circumstance, most often with their mothers, across Indian prisons. Ruchika Nigam takes a look at the lives of these innocent prisoners and argues for vigilant implementation of relevant suggestions to ensure their basic rights.
Human Rights
Snapshots of a poisoned future
It has been exactly a month since 23 tender lives were lost as children from a school in Gandaman village of Bihar died due to poisoning of the mid-day meals served at school. Anoo Bhuyan shares poignant shots from the village, capturing the sadness and sombre mood that prevails after the tragedy.

Crying for care
Drawing upon the growing incidence of child abandonment in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, Tejaswini Pagadala looks at the phenomenon through a broader lens and explores possible ways, including adoption, to mitigate the evil.
ANDHRA Society
Norway episode: Problem of evolving societies?
The issue of parental authority to resort to corporeal punishment on children is a matter still hotly debated in large sections of our society writes Shankar Jaganathan.
Society Guest Opinions

A child's trauma, the media's madness
The media's coverage of a young girl's humiliation in her school is totally devoid of objectivity or even plain common sense, making things even worse. Shoma Chatterji reports.
Child health Human Rights

Bangalore NGO among Nobel nominees
For its work on child rights and participation in governance, Bangalore-based Concerned for Working children has received the big nomination this year. Navya P K has more.

Why ‘skilling’ India must focus on schooling
Back to the family
Children impacted by forced evictions
Still wielding the cane
A little music in a little home
Calcutta HC steps in against corporal punishment
Incest and the conspiracy of silence
Children of the valley
Teen journalists make their own newspaper
Children in the crossfire
Pushed over the edge
Corruption eats into children's meals in Madhya Pradesh
Unwilling learners pose special problems
Know disaster, no disaster
Children fix their own schools
Snakes and Ladders arming children against disasters
Their secret status and a risky schooling
In conflict zone, a battle to secure futures
Rock a bye, baby
Breaking the silence on child abuse
Malnutrition rampant, may trigger crisis
Hope in the season of hopelessness
Still suffering, five years after
Textbooks for change
'Mischievous chatter' brings change
Parenthood sans prejudices
Death of a 10-year-old
School soft drink bans mirror global concern
Spotlight on residential child care
Girls without power
Cry, my beloved school
Children can't read, adults can't count
Vidarbha distress and the end of innocence
Adoption tales
Kids steeped in hunger, while officials fiddle
Where have all the children gone?
Summer in Kolkata
A newborn's first right
Teen suicides mount in Tamilnadu
Relief critical to stem school dropouts
Too little for the little ones
Tomorrow's citizens : imperiled today
Companies continue exploitation of children
Young flesh in the trade
Adolescent alert!
Decommissioning the diaper
AIDS: Abuses against children rising
A children's manifesto
Toying with science
Give our children a chance
For the children, by the children
No children on the farm
Rainbow children : dissolving differences
Salaam, Dilli!
A meaningful commission
Narikuravar Education Welfare Society
Keeping kids from killing kilns
Tomorrow's citizens participate today
Childhood, cropped
Little by little, Keradi gets better
Our own schools
Food fight over hunger
Eliminating child labour through participation
Small change in bonded labour
All work and no childhood

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