Where is teaching headed in the Modi regime?

Despite the simplistic articulation of teachers' roles and teaching, including that by PM Modi, and the alignment of education to a broader nationalistic agenda, could there be potential ‘teachable moments’ under the new regime? Shivali Tukdeo and Savitha Suresh Babu explain.

Government Opinions

The false promise of a demographic dividend
Much is made out of the proportion of youth in India’s population and what it could mean for its economy and progress. However, statistics and trends in education and employment within this group do not paint a promising picture, points out Kannan Kasturi.
Livelihood Economy

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 Children Opinions

Who will lead the anti-corruption agenda in the health sector?
The conduct of election of members to the Medical Council of India in 2013 and its subsequent actions over the past year have underlined the brazen corruption in the regulatory body. Developments in the health ministry raise doubts over whether these issues will be tackled at all. A round up:
Law and Order Health Laws and Governance Government Laws

A better life through literacy
The broad-based Community Based Functional Literacy Campaign launched by the State Resource Centre of Rayagada, Orissa aims to educate women and drop-out girls in three of the most backward districts of the state. Abhijit Mohanty summarises the key take-aways so far.
Girls' Education Government Adivasis ORISSA

Who will broaden their horizons?
On the eve of Teachers’ Day, PM Narendra Modi called upon teachers across the country to inculcate broader perspectives and greater social responsibility among students. But given the shortage of teachers and crippling social malpractices, how realistic is that vision?
Livelihood Government

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 Children Society

Should Modi now steer India towards Gujarat?
Throughout the campaign of Narendra Modi, the Gujarat development model had been widely credited with the potential to change India’s future. As the new government completes a month in power, Ramesh Menon stresses the need to seriously question if it is really one that should be replicated in every Indian state.
Economy Health GUJARAT States

A dream come true, but can it seed another?
The overwhelming mandate won by the BJP under Narendra Modi has led to continuing upward rally in the markets, but can it also inspire similar cheer in the social space? Shankar Jaganathan remains optimistic.
Elections Government opinions Health OP-ED

How parties are wooing the young voter
The 2014 elections will go down as one of the most exciting in the history of the Indian democracy and the huge number of voters among the youth could well emerge to be the real game-changers. Tanvi Bhatikar looks at the manifestos of the three main parties to see what they have to lure young voters.
Elections Economy Government

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 Children Government

The real and present threat to our future
India is at a turning point and needs a holistic education system to meet the requirements and expectations of various existing and emerging sectors. Unless there is a revamp, our youngsters have a bleak future, says Ramesh Menon
Labour Issues Curricula

A school for me too
The Nanagu Shaale programme of a Karnataka-based NGO shows why the national Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan's provision of home-based education for children with special needs may in practice defeat the ideological objective of inclusion. Satarupa Sen Bhattacharya reports.
Education Law and Policy Disability KARNATAKA

Where is teaching headed in the Modi regime?
Helping Pardhi children aim for the sun
Ballia: Chasing elusive dreams
Why India needs an alternative model of development
Shielding campuses from violence
A good school for Maqbool
CAG finds gaps in Arunachal education
Struggling to go beyond the basics
Tamilnadu's striking progress in welfare
Funding at a snail's pace
Universal education, minimal learning
Focus on learning outcomes
The big fight over RTE
Unlearning the untruths
A drama on campus
Still wielding the cane
The knowledge economy and the knowledge society
A serpent in paradise
Manipur schools closure: boycott enters third month
Poor parents pushing children into English schools
Many bridges to cross for children in Krishnagiri
From awareness campaigns to real change
In 2009, bonded and bundled out of school
The chancellors' vice
Alarming malnutrition pushing children out of school - I
Calcutta HC steps in against corporal punishment
Zip through class V, drop out at class X
Kerala revises controversial school textbook
Higher education: The underbelly of privatisation
Children in the crossfire
Pushed over the edge
A creeping insularity
Fighting to learn in their language
Missing chapter in history of universal schooling
Assessment to action: The example of ASER
Unwilling learners pose special problems
Know disaster, no disaster
Pioneering library sparks volunteerism
Children fix their own schools
The Dr Watson problem
Snakes and Ladders arming children against disasters
Jointly-owned job orientation
What price, education?
A toolkit for development reports
Their secret status and a risky schooling
Tripura promotes Kok-Borok in tribal schools
For street children, a pot-holed path to learning
Laureates meet: reminder to shackled Indian sciences
Caste discrimination persisting in U.P. schools
In conflict zone, a battle to secure futures
Catalysing rural jobs through targeted training
State of Muslim education in Kerala
Training in local languages key for new jobs
Assam's high schools and colleges - a mixed bag
School choice looms for poor students
People's school for water literacy
Courses and jobs aplenty, but students uncertain
Wanting to study, daring to dream
Bringing disabled kids back to school
Funded, controlled, and run aground
First class, against all odds
Many distractions hurt UP's SSA
Attendance up, but penetration poor
Sex education and survival tools
Hunger persists, attendance record patchy
SSA's acclaim hides many failures
The other revolution of 1857
Goa wrestles with language in schools
Segregated and building their own schools
SSA under the Comptroller's lens
Still suffering, five years after
Training the millions left behind
An entitlement with no law
Sitamarhi's lost children
Caste conflict hurting schooling for dalits
School meals make slow progress
New indicators needed to track SSA
All theory and no practice
Pioneering school faces new obstacles
Not by mainstream schools alone
ASER shows measurement matters
Government stalling sec. school reforms
Mother tongue or English?
A bridge it is, but to where?
Autonomy comes closer, but debates persist
An instruction set for teachers
The next frontier in education
ASER and beyond
A ciitzens' audit of education
Cry, my beloved school
Right to Education Bill, 2005
Sex education still off the charts
A few chapters short
Discrimination in the name of inclusion
A right full of wrongs
Changing notes of music education
The needs of today, hopes of tomorrow
India's unchecked textbooks racket
Divided by - and in - class
Hopscotch and skipping school
Fading allure of five-star schools
Vital reform agenda for Indian education
Parents' oversight in schools stalled
Majority in the breach
Science education on a slippery path
Her mind, her country
How fire-safe are our schools?
An hour of your time
Illiteracy begins at home
Swelling support for common schools
Equals in education?
Barriers to girls' education
New stimulus for college education
Kerala sets new education course
UGC begins a new innings
Long and arduous road
Is India Shining?
Toying with science
Danger! Date-expired syllabus
The people's astronomer
Groundswell of support for mid-day meal scheme
Should education be compulsory?
Disturbing teacher migration tremors
Stemming campus violence
Environmental education - revised curricula
Rainbow children : dissolving differences
Eyewitness : Neglect of rural schools
Special or segregated?
Route map : Effective environment education
Narikuravar Education Welfare Society
Keeping kids from killing kilns
An hour of your time
Liberalization, literacy, governance
The movement for inclusive education
Our own schools
Rising Stress on Liberal Arts Education
Restored from the ruins
A balwadi in every village
Rural development through education

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