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India's Social Sector and SDGs
Problems and Prospects

ISBN 9780367341800
Published November 6, 2019 by Routledge India
360 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores the intersectional perspective of sustainable social development in key sectors, such as education and skill development, health and nutrition, gender concerns, and food security and agriculture in India. It delves into contemporary concerns of poverty, employment and inclusive growth, and social marginalisation and inequality. The volume brings together the contributions of various stakeholders from academia, research organisations, NGOs and policymakers to address social-sector issues and sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the Indian context. It reflects on policies, strategies and performance in the context of Constitutional goals and the commitment to global SDGs and examines the character and contours of social development in the country.

Comprehensive and topical, this volume will be useful to scholars, researchers, policymakers and practitioners of development studies, political studies, sociology and development economics.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Yoginder. K. Alagh


List of Figures and Tables

List of Abbreviations


Part I. Introduction

1. Social Sector Development in India: An Overview

Rangachar Govinda

Part II. SDG: Process and Outcome

2. Reflections on Sustainable Development Goals from the Perspective of Developing Countries: Transformative Change or Business as Usual?

Mitu Sengupta

Part III. Education and Skill Development

3. School Education in India and SDGs: Issues and Challenges

Preet Rustagi, Swati Dutta and Deeksha Tayal

4. Knowledge, Skills and Sustainable Development: Role of Higher Education

N. V. Varghese

5. Challenges Beyond Schooling: Skilling Youth to Realise the Goal of Vocational Education and Training in India

Santosh Mehrotra and Vinay Swarup Mehrotra

Part IV. Health, Nutrition and Food Security

6. Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 3 in the Indian Context: The Policy-Action Incoherence

T. Sundararaman and Alok Ranjan

7. Public Health Policies: Generating Revenues or Relief?

Imrana Qadeer

8. Macro-Masking of Micro Realities: Access to Food and Nutrition among Tribals

Nitin Tagade and R. S. Deshpande

9. Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture in India

Mondira Bhattacharya and Ankita Goyal

Part V. Gender Equality

10. Gender and Sustainable Development Goals

Suneeta Dhar

11. Women’s Work Participation and Maternity Protection Conundrum in India: Call for High-Priority Interventions

Lakshmi Lingam

Part VI. Poverty, Employment and Inequality

12. Are We Really Concerned About Employment: Some Reflections on India’s Current Macroeconomic Policy Regime

Praveen Jha

13. Exploring the Relationship between Economic Growth, Employment and Education in Indian States

Mona Khare

14. Elite Dominance and Rising Inequality in India

Zoya Hasan

15. Thinking Samata at the SDG Moment

Manoranjan Mohanty

Part VII. Conclusion

16. Making India’s Development Inclusive: Centrality of Education and Health

Muchkund Dubey


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Rangachar Govinda is Distinguished Professor at the Council for Social Development and former Vice-Chancellor of the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi, India. He was the J. P. Naik National Fellow for Studies in Education and Culture, Indian Council for Social Science Research. He has been a visiting professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and the International Institute for Educational Planning, Paris. His areas of interest include primary education, decentralised management, leadership development, policy analysis, human rights and democracy.

Poornima M. is Assistant Professor at the Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India. She holds a doctorate from the Centre for the Study of Law and Governance, Jawaharlal Nehru University. She has completed about four to five research and evaluation studies and is currently heading an ICSSR-sponsored Research Study on "Reviving Government Schools". Her research interests include governance, elementary education, public sector reforms, local government, public policies and gender issues.