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Villages devoured by Rising Waters by Himanshu Upadhyaya

India Together
August 27 , 2013
The extent of submergence of villages and farmland in the Narmada valley under the backwaters of Sardar Sarovar dam increases with successive monsoons. Himanshu Upadhyaya stresses the need for a more realistic and effective look at solutions to the woes of the region

Expectations and understanding of education by Anurag Behar in Mint

August 7 , 2013
There is a 600 sq. km area with 24 villages, called Bhakhar, in Sirohi district. It’s all low hillocks, with scores of streams crisscrossing at the foot. Living conditions are tougher than adjoining areas. Getting around is more difficult, and there is hardly any cultivable land

"Mid-day meal tragedy: There’s hope for Bihar" by Anurag Behar in Mint

July 24 , 2013
In the years 1995-2000, I used to visit Bihar three-four times a year. I was then involved in the financing of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. I had made enough mistakes by then, and learnt that the only way to figure out the real risks of lending to a particular hospital or doctor was to do your own due diligence on the ground. Then, Bihar was widely regarded as having failed in every way. Its reputation for lawlessness did make the idea of financing there seem foolish. In pursuit of growth, we were adventurous. As our portfolio in Bihar built up, we saw that it was no worse than most other parts of the country. So we kept going on.

“Ending regressive ideas,” by Anurag Behar, published in Live Mint

June 13 , 2013
The young woman looked like a school girl. She was a teacher, who had recently joined a government primary school. Her cheeks reddened and voice quivered. She was responding to a preposterous statement by a man with more experience as a teacher than her age

Read the latest edition of Kindle, the Foundation News Magazine

June 6 , 2013
It is our pleasure at Azim Premji Foundation to bring you the third issue of Kindle this year. Kindle is evolving from being a Newsletter from the Foundation to a Magazine from the Foundation; a medium to reach you, our readers, and have a conversation, and to share some thoughts, ideas and work in education

"The real varsity innovation," by S. Giridhar

May 31 , 2013
Apart from the annual lament of why Indian universities do not feature in the world’s top 200, there has been a recent clamour that “innovation and leadership” is a mantra to create outstanding centres of higher education. The ministry of human resources has placed a bill in parliament for designating innovative universities while more recently a couple of national workshops exclusively devoted a session on this theme. I find myself at some distance with this approach to excellence.

“An average week in a school,” by Anurag Behar in Live Mint

May 30 , 2013
The school was painted canary yellow. I haven’t seen another school of that colour. It was perched at one end of the village far away from the houses, where the steep slope began. The village of 1,000 people was on a mountain top higher than most, with the endless Kumaon on all sides. Almora was visible about 30km away. The startling yellow, and its dramatic perch, probably makes the school visible from very long distances, like a lighthouse. The village is called Satyun.

Capacity Enhancement Workshop on RTE & NCF organized in Alwar, Rajasthan

May 23 , 2013
The workshop is towards strengthening the Partnership through the series of efforts being made to develop the capacity of employees (from IBTADA) working primarily in the domain of Education. The focus of the 3-day workshop was on the aspects of RTE and NCF with objectives of developing an indepth understanding towards these perspectives and processes related to Education in India. Starting from the inception and historical references of RTE, the sessions paved into the aspects of its implementation and legalities. The discussion around NCF was set forth in the realm of ‘Aims of Education’. The salient features and chronological development of NCF in the sphere of the education discourse in India was presented with several examples. For the smooth transaction, a variety of tools were applied including Group work, Videos and reflection based participation.

25 pc of out-of-school children never enrolled in schools: study

May 17 , 2013

‘Economic compulsion one of the reasons for children dropping out of school’

A sample study conducted in the Shorapur educational block in Yadgir district has found that more than 25 per cent of the out-of-school children were never enrolled in schools. This is a pointer to the fact that the promise of “free and compulsory education” is still a distant dream in the backward pockets of the State.