More Children Are Staying Put In School Than Ever Before

  The UNICEF Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target for 2015 asks that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling.   Considering that is now a year away, the target seems like a cruel dream, particularly for the millions of young boys and girls who could have been in schools but are … Continued

India’s Medical Education In Extortionate Private Hands

Highlights   *Almost half of India’s medical colleges are in just 4 states — Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu *Karnataka has the highest number of medical colleges and MBBS seats in the country *India has the lowest number of doctors and hospitals per 100,000 population among BRICS nations   Every year, millions of … Continued

Can Women’s Education Arrest India’s Declining Sex Ratio?

Highlights * Female literacy has gone up in both rural and urban areas from 1999-2000 to 2009-10* Women employment is higher in rural areas than urban areas * Majority of Hindu and Muslim females are illiterate in rural areas   A poor sex ratio has been often cited as one reason for the increasing number of … Continued

At 270 Million, India’s Poverty Equals Illiteracy

  Highlights * Out of 218 million literates added during 2001-11, over 110 million females became literates as against 108 million males *Kerala has the best female literacy rate (92%) followed by Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Tripura and Goa * Only 7% of the population in Kerala are below the poverty line as against 15% in Rajasthan, … Continued ...

Student Loans Jump 15 Times To Rs 48,000 Cr In 9 Years

Our higher education system rests on the pillars of accessibility, affordability and quality. We now have over 650 degree awarding institutions and over 33,000 colleges in the country. Despite this, there is a gap of quantity as well as quality.    – President Pranab Mukherjee     For a country the size of India, accessibility … Continued

Why A Lucknow Degree Costs The Same As A Harvard Degree

“Our problem is not joblessness, it is lack of training and skills. Why should a mother lose sleep at night worrying about whether her brilliant child will find a school to go to? Why is it that a degree from Harvard costs the same as the capitation fees of a medical college in Lucknow?”   … Continued

India’s Right To Education Deadline Comes & Will Go

  Highlights * Over Rs 95,000 crore spent since 2009 on Right To Education Act to ensure compulsory primary education * Over 50% primary schools in Bihar don’t have complete boundary wall – a key requirement of RTE Act * Over 97% schools in Bihar don’t have electricity connection as against the all-India average of … Continued

India’s Army-Run Schools Battle Indiscipline

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence released a report recently on the functioning of army-run schools (Sainik Schools) across the country.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick finds that Sainik Schools have around 7% dropout rate with ‘discipline’ and ‘parents request’ being the biggest reasons for students leaving the institutes. Sainik Schools also score very low in … Continued