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RTE and the activity trap by Anurag Behar in Livemint

April 3 , 2013
As I travel across the country, usually I drop in to schools unannounced or my colleagues informally coordinate a visit. Very few school visits are “officially” scheduled. Let me narrate the typical script of one such “official” visit.

“Schools and sand dunes,” by Anurag Behar in Livemint

March 12 , 2013
It was the first time I walked on sand dunes. The winter evening sun converted the sand to gold. He was wearing a craggy closed-neck coat which had thick black and white vertical stripes in the weave. We had walked half a kilometre (km) into the dunes. He pointed in one direction, “two kilometres that way there is a school”, then another direction for another school 3km away. “The four of us are responsible for 600 schools,” he said. Some schools are in places where they can take their bikes, for others they leave the bike on the road and walk, such as the two he pointed out across the dunes.

Press release: Azim Premji transfers Rs. 12300 cr to trust

February 25 , 2013

February 22, 2013, Bangalore: Azim Premji, Chairman of the Azim Premji Foundation, announced today that he has transferred 295.5 million equity shares representing 12% of the total shares of Wipro Ltd., held by certain entities controlled by him to an irrevocable trust. With this transfer (valued at approximately Rs 12,300 crores/Rs 123 billion based on current market price), the trust’s shareholding in Wipro will go up to about 19.93% This trust will utilize the endowment to fund, various social, not-for-profit initiatives of the Foundation, which are expected to scale significantly over the next few years.

'Kabir Lok' - An evening with Mukhitiyar Ali at Dehradun

February 25 , 2013

On 14th of Feburary’2013, Azim Premji Foundation, Dehradun, organized a musical evening to rejuvenate Kabirana thoughts (thoughts of Kabir,Raheem,Bulleh Shah, Ruskhan). The occasion was graced by the presence of Mukhitiya Ali ji, a Sufi singer who filled the evening with songs and music to delight the audiences. That event was a mystical experience which got imprinted in the being of people present.

"A whiff of systematic change," by S. Giridhar in the New Indian Express

February 21 , 2013
Those were early days in our Foundation’s work in one of the north Indian states. People familiar with our work will know that all our work in contributing to improving the quality of education in government schools was by working jointly with the education functionaries and education system of the state.

RTE Act demands changed mind-sets by Dr. Saswati Paik in Education World

February 11 , 2013
The Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (aka RTE Act) became law on April 1, 2010. But two years on, there’s confusion confounded relating to the implementation of the Act, in particular about giving effect to s.12 (1) (c) which makes it mandatory for all private schools to reserve a 25 percent quota in class I or preschool, if any, for “children belonging to weaker section and disadvantaged group in the neighbourhood and provide free and compulsory education till its completion”.

"Whose responsibility", by Anurag Behar in Livemint

Live mint
February 6 , 2013
In reality, teachers are responsible in very limited ways, because the rot is in the system that prepares them as teachers.

"Learning to Teach," by S. Giridhar published in the New Indian Express

January 25 , 2013
I REMEMBER Rukmini Banerji of Pratham telling us in 2005 that ASER – the Annual Status of Education Report – will be an national survey that will hold up a mirror to the condition opf education in India and shake us into urgent action.

SANGAM 2013 organized in Udham Singh Nagar

January 25 , 2013

SANGAM which we have started since last year is not only an event or celebration for the team or participants but it is a process of assimilating thoughts, ideologies, emotions which is epitomized through vivid expressions of academic as well as cultural representation.

Who will teach the teachers? Shyamal Majumdar, Business Standard

January 16 , 2013
Sandhya has studied up to class V in a government-aided school in West Bengal’s Andul. She is now one of the caretakers in an orphanage in Mumbai’s Oshiwara area, courtesy her father who knew one of the office-bearers of the orphanage.