Education

When will Pakistan’s students’ unions return?

It has been 35 years since students’ unions were banned in Pakistan. LSE student, Hussain Abbas, explores the reasons why they were banned, what possibilities for legal reform there are, and where the students are in demanding they are reinstated?

Pakistan recently marked the 35th anniversary of the ban on students’ unions in Pakistan. The ban was imposed by Former […]

February 27th, 2019|Education, Politics|0 Comments|

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. 

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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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    Exploring the many barriers to a girl’s education in Sindh, Pakistan

Exploring the many barriers to a girl’s education in Sindh, Pakistan

 Pakistan ranks 138 (out of 144) in education, and has a female literacy rate of just 43 per cent. As investment in education increases, there is a need to understand the ground realities that deter children’s participation in the education system. Sultana Ali and Abdur Rehman Cheema explore some factors that are road blocks to improving female literacy. 
During our field investigations, we often […]

May 16th, 2018|Development, Economy, Education, Featured, Gender, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Exploring the many barriers to a girl’s education in Sindh, Pakistan|
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    Book Review: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change by Shakuntala Banaji

Book Review: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change by Shakuntala Banaji

In Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change, Shakuntala Banaji draws on extensive fieldwork research to offer a rich and textured account of the place of media in the lives of children belonging to both the middle and working classes in India. Utsa Mukherjee is inspired by the conceptual and methodological sophistication of a book that challenges many longstanding assumptions […]

April 5th, 2018|Book Reviews, Development, Education, Featured, Human Rights, Society and Culture, Sustainable Development Goals|Comments Off on Book Review: Children and Media in India: Narratives of Class, Agency and Social Change by Shakuntala Banaji|

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