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NEP 2020 emphasis on mother tongue has given rise to need of developing ‘Language Mixing’ and reimagining the training of primary teachers

By Gauri Puranik, Head of English Programmes India, British Council  There are 22 scheduled languages in India, which are also the mediums of instructions in the classroom. With India’s highly diverse linguistic landscape, this implies that for many children, the medium of instruction imposed in the classroom is not their mother tongue, impacting their learning outcomes. Thus, a typical government …

Making sense of ‘Education Sector’ electoral promises of the BJP and Congress in 2024 election campaign

The BJP and the Congress, the main two national political parties in India have released their respective election manifestoes for this election (2024) with the former calling it the ‘Sankalp Patra (Pledge paper)’ and the latter as ‘Nyay Patra (Justice paper)’. Education, which traditionally, in electioneering remains at the periphery with other spicy and controversial issues and agendas hogging the …

Elections 2024 Special: ‘1990s liberalization moment’ for Education through National Education Policy 2020?

The National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, produced over formulation process of five years, may have not been put to a Parliamentary debate (which it should have been), qualifies for being one of the biggest achievements of the BJP-led NDA government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. NEP 2020, has in fact, done the same that economic liberalization of 1990s did …

A run of deaths of Indian students in USA brings spotlight on the study abroad ‘rush’

The shocking news of death of Mohammed Abdul Arfath, a 25-yearold student from Hyderabad studying in Cleveland, US is the 11th Indian student reported to have died in first four months of this year. While the cause of these deaths doesn’t point to a pattern, still the number is high enough to draw worrying inferences. An analysis by the Foundation …

Election 2024 Special: How Modi Era impacted Education sector?

Part I Politically speaking, education has been and continues be, both traditionally and logically, the best means of propagating an ideology. So, every ideology has its idea of how to use education to its advantage. Everybody— from left, right and centre—in fact, sees education as a project of social engineering and also a movement engine. After independence, India like most …

Being resilient is a winning idea over challenges, and in education it involves a multifaceted approach, involving emotional, cognitive, and institutional dimensions

By Aditya Malik In the dynamic realm of education, lot has changed over the past four years in particular. COVID-19 pandemic, brought unprecedented disruptions and forced educational institutions worldwide to rapidly adapt to remote learning, hybrid models, and now the world of education is ever-changed while reimagination of the entire process is still in progress. Then our country also rolled …

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