16th September 2019
$5 Trillion Transformation

Supporters as well as critics of ModiNomics agree that the target of $5 trillion economy is challenging but achievable. The issue is not just about achieving the target of a particular size of the economy. It's a wider issue of how do we achieve it and in the process what happens to the critical challenges that the country faces like poverty, inequality and jobs. The road to $5 trillion economy should be used to create a highway for reaching the next level of expansion, say $10 trillion and $20 trillion in a particular time-frame. Towards the end of 2018, India 2030: A Socio-Economic Paradigm book, published by SKOCH Group, pitched for $10 trillion target by 2030.

The Curious Case of Failing Education Reforms in India

In early March, chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Vineet Joshi, told a shocked gathering of policy-makers, educationists and technocrats exactly this. He was making his speech at a conference on education after declaring the results of the central teachers eligibility test (CTET).

Education for Children with Disabilities

Worldwide, Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) are most marginalised. Their diversity and extent of disability need customised rehabilitation approach, which complicates the situation further. As per Census 2011, there are 26.8 million PwDs (2.2 per cent of population) in India and therefore inclusive growth cannot be imagined without them.

Include 'urban management' in higher education

India lives in the villages - as the saying goes. We have been a rural economy, no doubt. But India owns cities as well. Now after 65 years of democracy, we have grown beyond the myth that village is innocent and city is cunning. At the time of independence our urban areas had just 17.3 per cent of the population. As per the latest census, the urban share comes to 32 per cent - roughly 370 million of our population. Almost 60 million more than the entire population of US.

Creating Jobs Through Skill Development

We need to gainfully employ our youth, the number of which is increasing with each passing year. Otherwise, our strength is running the risk of becoming a liability, cautions...

India's Floundering Social Sector

India's aspiration to become a middle-income country has to come to terms with its poor performance in the social sector. India is fairly slow in improving social indicators even when compared to other poor countries...

From a Right to Schooling to a Right to Learning: Rethinking Education Finance

Should elementary education be delivered through the current model that focuses on the expansion of schooling through a top-down, centralised delivery system...

18th July 2019
Financial Literacy Needs Regulatory Help

18th July 2019

Unlike hunger, need for financial literacy is not self-evident. If it was, there would have been no need for it to start with. Financial literacy requires mobilisation, counselling, classroom training with the relevant content and pedagogy. There seems to be an impression that all this can be achieved in batches of 80 being mobilised by one extension worker for Rs. 4,500 or Rs. 56.25 per head for four hours of classroom training. What was the cost of opening a bank account or issuing an Aadhaar compared to this? The thought itself under-resources the programme for failure.

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