This comprehensive handbook introduces the reader to the education system in India in terms of its structural features, its relations with society and culture, and the debates that have shaped present-day policy ethos. Expert scholars provide a lucid analysis of complex themes such as the equal distribution of educational opportunities, legal provisions shaping the opportunity structure, and curricular issues in major areas of knowledge. The volume provides a general overview of India’s education system and examines key and current issues that face higher and school education, the examination system, disciplines of social sciences, curriculum, teachers, law, coaching and unemployment.
This handbook will serve as a valuable resource and guide to anyone seeking authentic information about India’s contemporary educational challenges in relation to its society, economy and politics. It will be useful to scholars and researchers of education, public policy and administration, sociology and political studies as well as practitioners, think-tanks, those in media, government and NGOs.
Table of Contents
List of figures. List of tables. Contributors. Preface. Introduction Krishna Kumar Part I: Logic of Access 1. Compulsion to Educate Archana Mehendale 2. Education in Urban Areas Nalini Juneja 3. Institutional Diversity and Quality Padma M. Sarangapani 4. Examination for Elimination: Celebrating Fear and Penalising Failure Disha Nawani Part II: Curriculum and Teaching 5. Mind the (Language-Medium) Gap Chaise LaDousa 6. Science and Mathematics Teaching in Schools and Colleges Shobhit Mahajan 7. The Teaching of Social Sciences in Schools and Colleges in India Hari Vasudevan 8. The Uses and Teaching of History Kumkum Roy 9. An Experiment in Rural Education: The Revival of Anand Niketan Nidhi Gaur Part III: Training for Professions 10. The Making of India as an Engineering Society Milind Sohoni 11. Discourse of Teacher Training in India Latika Gupta 12. Management Education in India: How far have we come? Pankaj Chandra Part IV: Universities and Society 13. Indian Higher Education: 21st-Century Challenges Philip G. Altbach 14. Gendered Access and Participation: Unequal subject choices in Indian Higher Education Karuna Chanana 15. Caste Quotas and Formal Inclusion in Indian Higher Education Satish Deshpande 16. Tribes and Higher Education in India Virginius Xaxa Part V: Underbelly 17. Active Partners: Rethinking the Educated Unemployed in India Craig Jeffrey and Jane Dyson 18. Access, Success and Excess: Debating Shadow Education in India Manabi Majumdar 19. Understanding Vyapam Krishna Kumar. Index
Krishna Kumar is former Professor of Education, University of Delhi and former Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India.