17th October – STARS Project

STARS Project How badly India needs to fix the fundamentals of school education is evident from the fact that, while college-admission cut-offs have reached absurdly high levels, learning levels in government-run schools have been declining since 2008, as per ASER. Need to focus on school education – Pedagogy in the country needs to be drastically …

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Green Education

25th June – Transforming Education

Transforming Education There has been a lot of talk about investing in a “green economy” with more renewables, reduced motorised transport or travel, and more working from home. The green economy, as promising as it could be to tackle climate change, may leave the discourse on development untouched. If we want long-lasting and transformational changes …

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Online Learning

1st May – Online Learning

Limitations of online learning A recent report by the UGC Chairman said that to maintain social distancing, e-education was the only way out. This was clearly meant to prepare the higher education community for the exigencies of a protracted period of closure of campuses. He also said that online education was likely to be adopted …

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Higher Education Institutes

21st March – Higher Education Institutes

Need for reorientation Out of about a thousand higher education institutions (HEIs) that are authorised to award degrees in India, about 400 are state public universities that produce over 90% of our graduates (including those from the colleges affiliated to them) and contribute to about one-third of the research publications from this country. An abomination …

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25th February – Demographic Dividend

India’s population is among the youngest in an ageing world. By 2022, the median age in India will be 28 years; in comparison, it will be 37 in China and the United States, 45 in western Europe, and 49 in Japan. A demographic dividend, said to have commenced around 2004-05, is available for close to …

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31st January – Prioritise health and education

In recent months, the government’s macroeconomic policy has acquired a new salience in the context of reversing the current slowdown. Government approach – The policy currently being pursued is intended primarily to incentivise potential investors by facilitating ease-of-doing-business and making large-scale concessions to the corporate sector. In this context, the government is taking measures to …

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Beijing Declaration On Education

Following is the text of Beijing Declaration On Education adopted in the 5th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education in Beijing, China, on July 5th, 2017.  Details | Beijing Declaration Committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4)-Education 2030 which aims to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all” that …

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Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of Boys and Girls | PIB Summary

As per Unified-District Information System For Education (UDISE) 2015-16, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) of boys and girls at secondary level is 79.16 % and 80.97% respectively and GER of boys and girls at Senior Secondary level is 55.95% and 56.41% respectively. GER | Analysis There is no massive gap in the Gross Enrolment Ratio …

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