Politicisation of Education in India

Kanhaiya As Marx had argued, the base and superstructure are two interlinked concepts, with the superstructure growing out of the base. Base, here refers to the productive forces, or the materials and resources, that generate the goods society needs. French theorist Louis Althusser in Ideology and the State (1970), expands this idea and explores the…

On Decolonization: Scattered Speculations on the Indian University

Atreyee Majumder I have spent the last two decades almost continuously inside universities – some in North America, some in India. Universities are like good headphones, the noise-cancelling ones that consistently drown out  the turbulent world outside its boundary walls. Universities have taught me to read, think, argue, imagine, and most importantly, write. Universities have also…

NEP 2020: Shaping School Curriculum

MOHAMMED MUSHKOH RAMISH Education is integral to an individual’s self-development. Unsurprisingly, the quality and accessibility of education in a country has long been a metric by which its governments are judged. Therefore, the pedagogy used in teaching, the content of curriculum assigned in schools and the quality of textbooks provided to students, among other things,…

From ‘E’QUALITY to QUALITY

The NEP 2019 through the Scope of Neoliberalism The National Education Policy 2019 (NEP 2019 from now on) is a classic example of a policy document intersecting the dominant discourse on development, childhood and education to promote the neo-liberal project of commodification and commercialization of education. Starting from Macaulay’s minute in 1835, Indian education policy…

Policy Brief | Literacy Without Learning

Sakshi Mehra   Executive Summary India has made significant progress in boosting school enrolment rates and increasing access to primary education as evident from the fact that enrollments have reached 96 percent since 2009 and 56 percent of new students enrolled between 2007 and 2009 have been girls. However the same has not reflected positively…