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Elementary Education in India

'Elementary Education in India: Status, Issues and Concerns' is a book authored by D. Jagannatha Rao, former bureaucrat and renowned educationalist. It aims to provide teachers, academicians, educational planners and administrators with a holistic picture of the challenges facing the elementary education system in India especially in the context of the recent passage of the Right to Education Act.

About the book:

India's progress in education since independence has been unprecedented by all standards through increase in the number of educational institutions, teachers, and infrastructure. In spite of this growth, the country faces a number of challenges. Nearly one-third of the population is illiterate. Critical gaps exist in educational attainments across regions as well as among different social groups. In this context, this book tries to analyse the status of elementary education in India. Among the various dimensions of elementary education discussed in this book are:

  • Current Status
  • Important initiatives taken up by the centre and the states
  • Various Policy Perspectives
  • Equity Issues
  • Financing of Education
  • Community Participation
  • Role of Private Sector in Education
  • Quality Concerns
  • Future Challenges in the Field

About the author

D. Jagannatha Rao was formerly director of the Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT), Karnataka. During his career spanning 37 years, he held many positions from the block level to the state level. He was the director of Public Instruction in Karnataka from 1999 till 2006. In this capacity, he was in charge of the Directorates of Secondary Education, Janashala Project, North East Karnataka Directorate and finally the DSERT.

He is author of the book 'A Comprehensive Study of the Progress of Education in Karnataka' published in both English and Kannada in 2008.