This 5-volume set tracks the various legal, administrative and social documentation on the progress of Indian education from 1780 to 1947. This fifth volume features commentaries, reports and policy documents from the period 1921-1945 from an Indian perspective.
The documents not only map a cultural history of English education in India but capture the debates in and around each of these domains through coverage of English (language, literature, pedagogy), the journey from school-to-university, and technical and vocational education. Produced by statesmen, educationists, administrators, teachers, Vice Chancellors and native national leaders, the documents testify to the complex processes through which colleges were set up, syllabi formed, the language of instruction determined, and infrastructure built. The sources vary from official Minutes to orders, petitions to pleas, speeches to opinion pieces.
The collection contributes, through the mostly unmediated documents, to our understanding of the British Empire, of the local responses to the Empire and imperial policy and of the complex negotiations within and without the administrative structures that set about establishing the college, the training institute and the teaching profession itself.
Table of Contents
Volume V: Indian Responses
1. Aurobindo Ghose, extract from A System of National Education. Madras: Tagore & Co, 1921. 1-67.
2. J. Ghosh extract from Higher Education in Bengal Under British Rule (Calcutta: The Book Company, 1926), 104-197.
3. Lokmanya Tilak ‘National Education’, in Bal Gangadhar Tilak: His Writings and Speeches (Madras: Ganesh and Co., 1922. 3rd ed), 81-88.
4. Hindustani Talimi Sangh, extract from Basic National Education (Wardha: Hindustani Talimi Sangh, 1939), ix-x, 3-5, 14-22, 25-28, 57-70, 75-76, 79-89.
5. Extract from Messages to Indian Students (An Anthology of Famous Convocation Addresses) (Allahabad: Students’ Friends, 1936), 40-80, 91-119, 120-127.
6. B. R. Ambedkar, ‘Thoughts on the Reform of Legal Education in the Bombay Presidency’, in Hari Narake et al (eds), Writings and Speeches vol. 17, part 2 (New Delhi: Dr Ambedkar Foundation, 2014), 5-18.
7. B. R. Ambedkar, ‘Memorandum of Association of The People’s Education Society, Mumbai, 8th July 1945’, in Hari Narake et al (eds), Writings and Speeches. Vol. 17, part 2 (New Delhi: Dr Ambedkar Foundation, 2014), 429-438.
8. B. R. Ambedkar, ‘On Grants for Education’, Bombay Legislative Council Debate, 1927, in Hari Narake (ed), Writings and Speeches. Vol. 2 (New Delhi: Dr Ambedkar Foundation, 2014. 2nd Ed), 39-44.
9. B. R. Ambedkar, ‘On the Bombay University Act Amendment Bill 1’, Bombay Legislative Council Debate, 1927, in Hari Narake (ed) Writings and Speeches. Vol. 2. (New Delhi: Dr Ambedkar Foundation, 2014, 2nd Ed.), 45-53.
10. B. R. Ambedkar, ‘University Reforms Committee Questionnaire – Responses by Ambedkar, 1925-26’, in Hari Narake (ed) Writings and Speeches. Vol. 2 (New Delhi: Dr Ambedkar Foundation, 2014. 2nd ed), 292-312.
Pramod K. Nayar is teaches at the Department of English, University of Hyderabad, India