Mumbai’s Civic Schools Likely Spend More On Rent, Less On Teachers

  Highlights * BMC’s expenditure on primary education increased 45% from Rs 718 crore in 2007-08 to Rs 1,040 crore in 2011-12. * Income, including grants from the centre, declined to Rs 1,016 crore in 2010-11 and Rs 748 crore in 2011-12. * Administrative expenses hit the highest level in 2009-10 at Rs 692 crore; … 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

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

Gujarat Has Highest Reduction In Women Enrolment In Higher Education

  Highlights * Marginal increase in women enrolments. * Bihar sees highest increase in women enrolments. * Kerala also sees high dropout rates.     Women constitute 48% of Indian population as per 2011 census but make up only 6 million of the 14 million students (42%) enrolled in higher education.   IndiaSpend’s Sourjya Bhowmick … 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