India Fights To Achieve The 2015 Millennium Goals

  Highlights * Targets of reducing poverty and giving access to drinking water on track. * Maternal mortality and gender equity standards likely to be missed. * Target of reducing under-nourished children may be missed.   The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were agreed upon by member-countries of the United Nations under the Millennium Declaration during … Continued

Does India Need Foreign Contributions?

  Highlights * US continues to be the highest donor to India. * Delhi, Tamil Nadu get the most of aid funds. * Chennai-based World Vision Trust received the highest foreign aid in 2009-10.     India is among the fastest growing economies in the world, and is the 9th largest economy with a GDP … Continued

The Long Road To Basic Amenities In India’s Schools

  Highlights * 83% Indian schools have functional computers but only 43%  have electricity connection * Only 60% schools have separate toilets for girls * 7% schools still do not have access to drinking water facilities   The Supreme Court recently directed the federal government and the state governments to provide basic amenities, including drinking … Continued

Does High Government Spend On Education Mean More Literacy?

Does higher Government spend on education produce higher literacy? Before we say anything, we’d like to inform you that opinions on the subject are sharply divided.   And while the answers may not be established in this study, IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta’s first cut finding arising from a study of 10-year numbers: except for some state … Continued

Kerala Budget 2012: Nearly Bankrupt But High Education Spends

Kerala, the original claimant to the catchphrase – God’s own country – is an interesting bundle of contradictions. It’s the most literate state in the country but has very high unemployment. Its finances are in a mess with salaries & pensions eating up almost 80% of its own revenues. And yet, as IndiaSpend’s Dhritiman Gupta … Continued

Education Initiative Builds More Schools But Can’t Ensure Attendance

India’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is a key programme for achieving the objective of universal elementary education. IndiaSpend’s Danielle Collaco does a dipstick survey of the scheme’s progress and finds that the achievements in education infrastructure have not been matched by progress in actual learning and, more importantly, actual attendance in schools.   The SSA has … Continued

Mid Day Meal Has 24 Lakh Cooks But Still Falls Short

Way back in 1925 Madras Municipal Corporation started the concept of offering meals for disadvantaged children.   Offering food was seen as an incentive to encourage school participation especially from children of poor parents.   Today, that concept has grown into a major project positioning India as the world’s largest school feeding programme via its … Continued

30% Of India’s Populace Deserves Better

In his Union Budget 2012 speech, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee allocated Rs 74,056 crore for education via the Ministry of Human Resource Development, as compared to Rs 63,363 crore in Budget 2011.   While fund allocations to Education have been rising in recent years, the literacy gap is not narrowing as fast as it should. … Continued

Education Spend & Loans

While short of expectations, India’s public expenditure on higher and technical education is rising. These consolidated figures were revealed by the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry two weeks ago in Delhi in response to a specific query. The Ministry also added that the public outlay for higher education in the XI Five Year Plan is … Continued