Seven decades since Indian Independence, education takes the centre stage in every major discussion on development, especially when we talk about social exclusion, Dalits and reservations today. This book examines social inclusion in the education sector in India for Scheduled Castes (SCs).
· Foregrounds the historical struggles of the SCs to understand why the quest for education is so central to shaping SC consciousness and aspirations;
· Works with exhaustive state-level studies with a view to assessing commonalities and differences in the educational status of SCs today;
· Takes stock of the policymaking and extent of implementations across Indian states to understand the challenges faced in different scenarios;
· Seeks to analyse the differential in existing economic conditions, and other structural constraints, in relation to access to quality educational facilities;
· Examines the social perceptions and experiences of SC students as they live now.
A major study, the volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of education, sociology and social anthropology, development studies and South Asian studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Education and the Scheduled Castes
2. Education among Scheduled Castes in India: A Review of literature
3. Aspirations and Achievements of SC Students in Kerala
S. Irudaya Rajan and S. Sunitha
4. Land Ownership and levels of Educational Attainment in Haryana
K.V. Chamar, S.K. Chamar and N.K. Chamar
PART I: HIGH SCHOOLS
5. Access, discrimination and educational attainments of Scheduled caste children in Karnataka
6. Educational attainments of Scheduled Caste children in Goa state
Vishwanatha, V. Ramakrishnappa, and K. P.Siddalingswamy
7. Scheduled Caste Children and Secondary Schooling: Sociological Study of Andhra Pradesh
Nagaraju Gundemeda and Ch. Krishnarao
8. Secondary Education in Odisha: Some Challenges
Ramesh C. Malik and Basanta Kumar Mallik
PART II: HIGHER EDUCATION
9. Higher Education and the Scheduled Castes in Maharashtra
10. Higher Education of Scheduled Caste Students in West Bengal – A Study on Access, Attainments, and Challenges
Kanak Kanti Bagchi
11. Scheduled Castes and Higher Education in Gujarat
Naresh M. Chauhan
12. Educational Status of Scheduled Caste Women in Delhi
D. Parimala and Anjali Dash
Appendix I: Method and Sample
Ghanshyam Shah is former Professor in Social Sciences at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He has also been a national fellow at ICSSR, Delhi, and at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India.
Kanak Kanti Bagchi is Professor at the Department of Economics, University of North Bengal, Siliguri, West Bengal, India.
Vishwanatha Kalaiah is Professor and Chairman at the Department of Economics and Director, Centre for Study for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy Mangalore University, Mangalore, India.