English Education in India, 1715-1835: Half-Caste, Missionary, and Secular Stages, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

English Education in India, 1715-1835

Half-Caste, Missionary, and Secular Stages, 1st Edition

By Rajesh Kochhar

Routledge India

192 pages

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This book identifies and describes the first stage in the advent and growth of English education in India. The first schools in India were the charity schools, asylums and orphanages opened under the auspices of the Church of England for religious instruction, training and care of ‘half-caste’ or mixed-race children, the progeny of Protestant fathers from Indian women. It examines the influence of the ‘half-caste’ community and the missionaries on the growing Indian demand for English education and opportunities for employment.

The well-entranced scenarios on the pre-history of Hindoo College Calcutta are re-examined in the light of new evidence discussed here for the first time. The book further analyses the shifts in the educational policies by the British colonial administrators and the interventions by the likes of Trevelyan, Macaulay and Bentinck.

Detailed and insightful, this volume will be of great interest to students and researchers of history, literature, postcolonial studies, cultural studies, colonial expansion, and South Asian studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Preface. 1 Introduction 2 Half-castes and their education 3 Missionary stage 4 Beginning of the secular stage: Hindoo College Calcutta 5 Spread of English education 6 Bentinck’s Resolution of 1835 7 Later developments. References. Index.

About the Author

Rajesh Kochhar is Honorary Professor, Panjab University, India. An astrophysicist turned historian, he has published original research with special focus on history of science and education in British. He has been the Director of National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (CSIR) New Delhi, and Professor at Indian Institute of Astrophysics Bangalore.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Asian American Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies