2nd Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Education in India Debates, Practices, and Policies

Edited By Krishna Kumar Copyright 2022
    350 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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 the present-day policy ethos.

    The book provides an overview of major debates that have shaped India’s education systems, as well as the significant issues within higher and school education, education studies, and policies. Expert scholars provide a lucid analysis of complex themes such as the equity, access, and the quality of education. The volume also examines legal provisions and policies shaping the distribution structure and curricular issues in major areas of knowledge, as well as the provision of schools for the marginalised, economically weak, and people with disabilities. This new edition includes an analysis of the private sector’s participation in higher education and the technical and vocational education and training systems in India.

    This handbook will serve as a valuable resource and guide to educators and public policy practitioners seeking information about India’s contemporary educational challenges. It will also be useful to scholars and researchers of education, public policy and administration, sociology, and political studies, as well as think-tanks, the media, policy-makers, and NGOs.

    List of figures. List of tables. Notes on contributors. Preface. Introduction Krishna Kumar Part 1: Logic of access 1. Compulsion to educate 2. Education in urban areas 3. Institutional diversity and quality 4. Examination for elimination: celebrating fear and penalising failure Part II: Curriculum and teaching 5. Mind the (language-medium) gap 6. Science and mathematics teaching in schools and colleges 7. The teaching of social sciences in schools and colleges in India 8. The uses and teaching of history 9. An experiment in rural education: the revival of Anand Niketan Part III: Training for professions 10. The making of India as an engineering society 11. Discourse of teacher education in India 12. Management education in India: how far have we come? 13. Technical and Vocational Education and Training in India: Lacking Vision, Strategy and Coherence Part IV: Universities and society 14. Indian higher education: twenty-first-century challenges 15. Gendered access and participation: unequal subject choices in Indian higher education 16. Caste quotas and formal inclusion in Indian higher education 17. Tribes and higher education in India 18. Private Participation in Higher Education in India: Issues and Implications on Access, Equity and Quality Part V: Underbelly 19. Active partners: rethinking the educated unemployed in India 20. Access, success, and excess: debating shadow education in India 21. Understanding Vyapam Index.


    Krishna Kumar is Honorary Professor of Education at Panjab University, former Professor of Education, University of Delhi, and former Director, National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), India.