Member publications consists of articles and papers contributed by members of the Foundation to leading newspapers, magazines, and journals. Articles & Opinions and Bibliography comprise a repository of academic articles on education and other allied domains such as health, livelihoods and sustainability.

Member Publications

By Dileep Ranjekar
Civil Society
May 04, 2016
One of the states in our country has a district that has 44 per cent of schools with a single teacher. When I first heard about it I couldn’t believe it – but the statistics published by the government confirmed it. Since we work with government functionaries fairly closely, I asked one of the Block Education Officers how he managed such a large proportion of single-teacher schools. He laughed it off and told me, “Leave aside the single-teacher schools, sir, I have 127 schools in my block that have no teachers.”
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
April 28, 2016
Almost everyone agrees that we need good research to help improve education. There are two kinds of research that can be done and have been done. The first one asks research questions from within the field of education.
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
April 14, 2016
For the past 14 years, beginning 2002, the approach of the federal government in the US to school education has been remarkably consistent. This is unlike almost any other matter; the Obama administration has differed from the Bush administration on almost everything.
By Dileep Ranjekar
Civil Society
April 06, 2016
On several occasions, when I tell my former classmates and relatives that I am travelling in Barmer, many of them ask, “Where is Barmer?” One even asked, “What is Barmer?” Very few know that this district of Rajasthan, with around 6,000 schools and 21,000 teachers, is the second largest educational district in the country.
By Anurag Behar
Livemint
March 31, 2016
Babasaheb Ambedkar is believed to have said in 1952, “I owe my whole intellectual life to Prof. John Dewey”. It is likely that he did say this, or something very similar. There is enough in his published writing to validate this sentiment. For instance, in Annihilation of Caste, he wrote, “Prof. John Dewey who was my teacher and to whom I owe so much...”. Ambedkar has perhaps been our pre-eminent leader-intellectual, and his sentiments should, if nothing, pique our interest in John Dewey.
By Dileep Ranjekar
Civil Society
March 21, 2016
The lady at the other end of the phone was known to me. She had called apologetically on a Saturday afternoon to say the minister was keen on getting a presentation by the Azim Premji Foundation on a stated topic. The meeting was on the following Monday in Delhi and the education ministers and secretaries from all the states were invited. The detailed agenda was being structured. Since she knew that the notice was grossly insufficient, she left it to me to decide whether I would myself be present or would depute someone who could deal with the subject.

Articles & Opinions

By Anatoly Smantser, Elena Ignatovitch
Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences
December 05, 2015
The article reveals theoretical and methodological aspects of classical university students’ preparation for professional activity in inclusive educational environment. It also includes survey results based on students’ knowledge evaluation in Inclusive Pedagogy.
By Thankom Aruna, Rajalaxmi Kamath
IIMB Management Review
December 01, 2015
As a key enabler for development, financial inclusion is firmly placed on the agenda of most governments as a key policy priority.
By Sridhar Rajagopalan
Ideas For India
November 19, 2015
In this article, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives, suggests 10 initiatives that can help transform the quality of education in India.
By Anuradha Shyam
The Hindu
November 01, 2015
Do teachers need to have all the right answers? Being a learner ‘again’ might be the biggest blessing.
By Jayati Ghosh
Frontline
October 30, 2015
In Rajasthan, the abysmal state of school education has forced pupils, particularly girls, to come out in protest against the shortage of teachers and lack of infrastructure.
By Kalpana Sharma
The Hindu
August 29, 2015
If there are not enough women teachers, in conservative and low literacy areas, parents will not send girls out to study

Bibliography

Education, Time-Poverty and Well-Being

Category: Educational Theory
By John White
Theory and Research in Education
July-2016
This article focuses on ‘objective list’ accounts of personal well-being and the related view that schools should aim at inducting students into a wide range of objective goods. It reviews various objective lists and notes that very many of them include knowledge, a love of beauty and close personal relationships. It then seeks to explain why this might be so and cautions against narrowness in specifying intrinsic goods, before exploring the role of extensive personal time in engaging in them.

Does Community Involvement Affect Teacher Effort? Assessing Learning Impacts of Free Primary Education in Kenya

Category: Education Policy
By Julius F. Atuhurra
International Journal of Educational Development
July-2016
While the impressive school participation impacts of Universal Primary Education policies in Sub-Saharan Africa are widely recognized, attempts to measure learning gains from schooling remain minimal.

Contract Teachers in India

Category: Education Policy
By Tara Béteille, Vimala Ramachandran
Economic and Political Weekly
June-2016
A study conducted in nine states --Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh--examines how widespread is the practice of hiring contract teachers across states; to what extent does the profile of the average contract teacher differ from that of regular teachers; what have been the challenges faced by states in meeting their enrolment goals using contract teachers from a political-economy perspective; and how sustainable is the practice of hiring contract teachers.

Teaching about Teaching: Examining the Pedagogy of Teacher Education in India

Category: Teacher Professional Development
By Rajashree Srinivasan
Higher Education for Future
June-2016
This is a qualitative study that sought to capture the narrations of 30 teacher educators teaching in diverse teacher education classrooms. The article frames the pedagogy of teacher education as four problems

India of Ideas: Mapping the Status of Higher Education in India and Mobilizing Discourse towards a Quest for Equity and Excellence

Category: Higher Education
By Francis Kuriakose, Deepa Kylasam Iyer
Higher Education for Future
June-2016
The article traces the idea of education from the early Greek and Indian philosophers, the university tradition of India during the British rule which laid the foundations of modern Indian education, to the present-day globalized world that offers transnational education with a large number of private players in the fray.

Integrating Social Responsibility of University and Corporate Sector for Inclusive Growth in India

Category: Higher Education
By Seema Singh
Higher Education for Future
June-2016
The article discusses that even though most of the universities are not explicit about their social responsibility, they are interacting with community through their students and faculty as part of course work or voluntary co-curricular activity.