Education

India must look within to achieve gender equality

Only targeted domestically derived solutions are likely to be effective to combat societal norms and ingrained cultural attitudes that limit the empowerment of women in India argues Dhruv Kanabar (Cambridge University).

“In your opinion, are men and women equal in Mumbai?” There was a long awkward pause. All I could hear was the clatter of the classroom fan at the Elphinstone […]

November 1st, 2019|Education, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Bhutan: What happened when those with the country’s first education PhDs returned?

Bhutan: What happened when those with the country’s first education PhDs returned?

Higher education in Bhutan changed irrevocably in 2003 with the amalgamation of disparate colleges to form the country’s first university. Over the last two decades however doctorates in the subject of Education have been obtained outside of the country. By using a questionnaire, T.W. Maxwell (University of New England, Australia) discovered what the personal, professional and workplace impact had […]

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    Developing the skills of India’s next generation: challenges and solutions

Developing the skills of India’s next generation: challenges and solutions

“The Indian government has long recognised the need to upskill the country’s young people, especially those in rural areas. Some of the attempts to train a new generation however have failed to meet such a huge demand. Sidharth Balakrishna examines some of the practical challenges with the government’s schemes and suggested some potential solutions.

Recognising the urgent necessity of creating and […]

April 17th, 2019|Education, Featured|Comments Off on Developing the skills of India’s next generation: challenges and solutions|

Combating the learning crisis in South Asia

Amongst a range of development challenges that South Asian countries face is poor education, with only around half of primary aged children receiving education within the minimum learning standards framework. In order to combat this crisis, learning must be placed at the centre of education and students at the centre of learning, write Anushna Jha and Mehrin Shah. 

Amongst a range […]

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    What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

What should be the future of UK-Bangladesh relations after aid? Exit DFID, enter the Universities.

Following its application to the UN to graduate out of its Least Developed Country Status, Saleemul Huq and David Lewis suggest a new future for UK-Bangladesh relations once Bangladesh achieves this in 2021.

Ever since Bangladesh became an independent country in December 1971 the United Kingdom has been a major development partner. For the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) its bilateral aid programme, most of […]

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    Book Review: Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia by Shenila Khoja-Moolji

Book Review: Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia by Shenila Khoja-Moolji

In Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia, Shenila Khoja-Moolji offers a detailed historical account of the multiple, shifting articulations of the figure of the educated Muslim girl in South Asia from the nineteenth century to the present day. This book offers an important and inspiring challenge to homogeneous and reductionist narratives surrounding Muslim women and […]

August 16th, 2018|Book Reviews, Education, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia by Shenila Khoja-Moolji|

Broken Ladder: Anirudh Krishna workshop report

Professor Anirudh Krishna joined academics and students at the London School of Economics in a workshop organised by LSE South Asia Centre. The workshop, examining key themes of Krishna’s latest book Broken Ladder: The Paradox and Potential of India’s One Billion, provided a platform to exchange ideas on potential solutions and strategies to address the mass poverty experienced by […]

July 27th, 2018|Development, Economy, Education, Events, Featured, Rural Areas, Urban India|Comments Off on Broken Ladder: Anirudh Krishna workshop report|
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    Considering the ramifications of India’s exclusion from the British “Low-Risk” visa list

Considering the ramifications of India’s exclusion from the British “Low-Risk” visa list

Adrij Chakraborty and Siddharth Sonkar discuss the ramifications of the exclusion of Indian students from the ‘low risk’ visa list. Not only is academic growth  undermined when neutrality towards non-meritorious considerations such as nationality and race is compromised, they conclude, but the UK may also miss out on the contributions of Indian students.

Recently, the government of the United Kingdom decided […]

July 11th, 2018|Education, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Considering the ramifications of India’s exclusion from the British “Low-Risk” visa list|
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    Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness

Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness

In India, 35 million high school students vie for 25,000 seats in 51 national institutions. Saloni Khandelwal writes about the “outcome focussed learning” ecosystem in India where students are prepared by private tutors to crack competitive examinations.
India is a country where 35 million of 141 million young people between the ages 18 and 23 are enrolled in higher education according […]

June 1st, 2018|Education, Featured, Gender, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Crossing the bridge: India’s graduates pass the education system, yet fail in job-readiness|

Open education for all

In spite of reservations in the higher education system and beyond, caste discrimination continues to persist. However, if steps are taken towards developing a formative system of education equally open to all, we can build the foundations of a more self-sufficient and empathetic citizenry in the future, writes Ananye Krishna.

In India, the ruling parties regularly bring out schemes to ameliorate the masses and thus […]

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