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Discussion on National Policy on Education 2016

This is an initiative by Centre for Civil Society to create conversation and debates around the NEP. We hope to bring together educators, edupreneurs, think-tanks, academicians, and all concerned to a single platform and eventually, feed back the ideas generated from this platform to the government.

 Data on School Closures due to RTE Act (as of May 2016)

The data presented here is collected between March, 2014 and May, 2016 through three key sources – a) Literature review of News Reports of credible regional and national English newspapers, b) Analysis of State and Central Government reports on school closures or actual closure notices and c) Review of litigation on the issue of school closures.

It is observed that the announcements made by officers of education department including education ministers, are not always followed by immediate legal action against the schools. There have been various instances of government functionaries giving unofficial statements to news publications about plans to shut schools without any actual legal notices served to such schools.

In India, reforms in regulation of private schools have been argued on the basis of universalizing access to education while recognizing the increasing role of private in enabling that access, particularly for the poor. However, the experience so far has been that the regulations create entry and exit barriers in the provision of education by entrepreneurs thereby reducing competition and keeping the cost of education high.

A Brief by Centre for Civil Society | January 2016

Union Budget 2016-17 has clearly come out with greater focus on quality of higher education in the country. Handful of new schemes, both for Higher Education and Skill Development, testify government’s commitment towards leveraging the demographic dividend of this country. With a meager increase of 1368 crores in school education budget, one may conclude that school education has received lesser attention in terms of new budgetary provisions or schemes in Budget 2016-17.

This paper presents case studies of two tribal villages - Mendha Lekha and Jamguda - successfully running forest-based bamboo businesses under the community forest rights provisions of Forest Rights Act (2006). We have documented the issues faced by the villagers in claiming community forest rights, issues faced in harvesting and sale of bamboo, and business practices adopted by both the villages.

With an aim to skill over 500 million Indians by 2022, #SkillIndia is avery ambitious project. What is the role of government in skilling the youth? Howdo we ensure that there is a match between the skills youth need, the demandsof the market, and the skill training being provided?

What are the core reasons for issues that exist in our school education system? Is it infrastructure? If it is infrastructure, why did we not see improvements in learning outcomes though the status of infrastructure has improved? Is it lack of motivated people? If that is the case, what is the reason for this lack of motivation: Are passionate people not entering the sector or are they losing their motivation after becoming part of the system? We held a tweetchat, hosted by Karthik Dinne (@dkarthik), author of UnpackED: The black box of Indian school education reform to discuss this critical question.

Lok Sabha TV made a special program on school admission in light of the decision by Delhi State Government to scrap management quota. The program was aired on 16 January 2016. The program documents the school admission process and the challenges therein. It also takes opinion from experts on whether Delhi Government's step would solve the challenges faced by parents or not.