11 October, 2012

Education and Democracy in India

Education and Democracy in India

By- Anne Vaugier-Chatterjee (ed)

Published in association with
Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi

Since Independence, India’s educational performance has been regularly put under scrutiny. Meeting the original mandate of providing free and compulsory education to all children up to the age of 14 has proved to be an uphill task. Various reforms and programmes have been initiated over the past decades to achieve the somewhat elusive aim of universal elementary education (UEE). The  National Policy of Education (1986) formulated after a nation-wide debate still stands out as a landmark in the country’s educational policy along with the 1992 Programme of Action which outlined its implementation strategy. A framework of partnerships aiming to launch centrally sponsored schemes at the state level followed later. A spectacular innovation, post-1991, was the multiplicity of donor-assisted programmes.

Against this backdrop, the enduring class, caste and gender imbalances in education called for a political will to make access to schools a priority. Moreover, as schools form a natural arena for the construction of nationalism, it is not a surprise that the gradual withdrawal of the state from the educational sphere has created a vacuum for its use by ideological groups and organizations.

Some of these significant changes and present trends are reflected and commented upon in the present volume, which is the outcome of two international conferences organized by the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi. Cutting across research fields, the two seminars gathered on a common platform, historians, political scientists and educationists from India and Europe to reflect on the most central issues in the education sector: its history and development, its decentralization, its finances, its sociology and some of its ideological trends.

Anne Vaugier-Chatterjee, is currently Political Adviser at the Delegation of the European Commission to India. A graduate in international relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris), she holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). The major part of her research on contemporary Indian politics was conducted as a fellow and research coordinator (Political Science) at the Centre de Sciences Humaines (New Delhi).

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