Why AAP must be thanked for plugging a corruption-loophole in Delhi’s schooling

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It is a good first step to reduce corruption in the education department and remove a significant hurdle for private schools to perform to their best. Yesterday, the Delhi government passed three significant bills related to schooling in the state. The Delhi School Education (Amendment) Bill, 2015; Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill 2015; and the Right …

Did we fail Aruna Shanbaug? Right to die is part of right to a dignified life

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On November 27, 1973, Aruna Shanbaug, a junior nurse at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai was sodomised and brutally assaulted by a janitor working in the same hospital. The janitor choked Aruna with a dog chain as he carried out the sexual assault. Aruna’s brain was severely injured in the attack, leaving her in a partially-conscious and permanent …

Reforming Teacher Education: Are private investments to blame?

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In his latest column on Mint, popular education columnist Anurag Behar has called for reforms in the teacher education system in the country. In doing so, and as one would expect, he has blamed ‘private investments’ for the poor standards of teacher education institutions in India. We don’t expect anything better from Anurag Behar than to blame ‘private investment’ for the …

Questioning the Essentiality of Education

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Is the issuance of the Essentiality Certificate a good policy idea? This article is the  analysis of the results of the Saturday Poll posted on India Institute’s Facebook page on 26 October 2013 which asked the above question. One cannot start a school in Delhi and many other states without an Essentiality Certificate from the education department. The law says that …