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Education and Empowerment in India
Policies and practices

ISBN 9780815395973
Published December 8, 2017 by Routledge India
430 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the critical linkages between education and empowerment of women, marginalized groups and other disadvantaged sections of society. It:

  • Provides an overview of educational policies and practices from India’s independence to the present day, and tracks relevant changes and amendments.
  • Examines a range of issues connected with education such as the Right to Education Act; empowerment and community mobilization; higher education challenges and other emerging topics.
  • Brings together both theoretical postulates and empirical findings.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures. List of Abbreviations. Foreword. Acknowledgements. About the Editor and Contributors. Introduction Part 1: Education and Empowerment: Perspectives and Overviews 1. ‘Education and Citizenship’: Beyond the Right Based Approach 2. ‘Perspectives on Education and Social Empowerment’: The Indian Context 3.Conscientização, Everyday Struggle and Transformative Education’: Towards a Framework for Effective Community-Education Linkage Part 2: Education of the Disadvantaged: Scheduled Class, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities and Girls 4. Education and Emancipation: The Saga and Ideology of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar 5. State Policy, Education and Tribes 6. Faltering Steps to Modern Education: The Ho Adivasis of Colonial Singhbhum 7. Disparities in Access to Higher Education: Persistent Deficit of Muslims 8. Enabling Equality: Girls' Education, Social Norms and Community Interventions Part 3: Educational Policies and Programmes 9. Policy Reform and Education Development in a Federal Context: Reflections on the Uneven Process of Change in Bihar 10. Exploring the legacy of three innovative programmes: Lessons learnt from Lok Jumbish, Shiksha Karmi and Mahila Samakhya 11. Making Policies work for Education and Social Empowerment: Reflection on the Shikshakarmi Project in Rajasthan 12. Adult Education and Social Empowerment: Indian Experience Part 4: School Education and Empowerment 13. Neoliberal Policy and the Crisis of State Schooling 14. Shaping Everyday Educational Vocabulary: State Policy and a Slum School 15. Retention of Children in Schools in the States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and Challenges for RTE 16. Adolescent Education: Issues and Challenges Part 5: Higher Education and Empowerment 17. Justice Framework of Public Policy in Higher Education 18. Affirmative Action and ‘Parity of Participation’ in Higher Education: Policy Perspective and Institutional Response 19. Community Colleges: An Alternative System of Education for Social Empowerment 20. Education, Inequality and Neo-liberalism Appendix. Glossary. Index

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Avinash Kumar Singh is currently Professor and Head at the Department of Educational Policy, National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. He previously served as Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has been a Government of India National Scholar for Study Abroad awardee and received his PhD (Education) from the University of London and Master of Studies (Social Anthropology) from the University of Oxford. He has consulted for the European Commission, Save the Children (UK) and other international organisations. He specialises in education of the disadvantaged, decentralised educational management, tribal education, policy analysis and programme evaluation.


‘This volume makes an important contribution to the international literature on education and development and should be read by policymakers, practitioners and scholars alike.’

Angela W. Little, Professor Emerita, University College London Institute of Education

‘[A] rich and diverse collection of scholarly papers drawing upon a wide array of educational projects and innovations across India . . . [A] must-read for those who are engaged in transforming education in rural areas for girls and the disadvantaged.’

Abhimanyu Singh, Former Director, UNESCO/People’s Republic of China

‘[This volume’s] broad sweep is a timely and critical addition to educational policy and practice which will be of immense value to students, researchers and teachers.’

Karuna Chanana, Former Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

'Education and Empowerment in India: Policies and a rich and thought-provoking volume that explores the link ages between education and empowerment of the disadvantaged sections of Indian society, including women, minorities, Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs).'

Mihika Shah, Economic & Political Weekly, April 2017