India: towards Right to Education?

“The Republic of India is deemed one of the emerging superpowers of the world.

 With a 8.4% GDP rate and a extremely rapidly expanding market, not only it has been meritorious of BRICs membership in 2009, it has also become world’s fastest growing economy in 2018. Economic success notwithstanding, numerous are the endemic evils Indian citizens have been continuously struggling to get rid of.

Poverty, health and sanitation, discrimination, transparency and inequalities of opportunities are among these. Last but not least, education—which has always been one of India’s elephants in the room. Here is why.”

In 2018, I spent six months as an international student in Pune’s Savitribai Phule Pune University (Pune, India). There, I was given the opportunity to carry out a two research project. In both cases, I decided to focus on education. In my research paper titled “Democratizing discourses on RTE Act: Towards Right To Education?” I explored the policy and implementation issues that surround the Right To Education Act. I analysed how the schooling system in general—and the structure of private unaided schools in particular—has been re-moulded by the introduction of RTE policy discourse. Through a case study of two unaided schools in the city of Pune, Maharashtra whose RTE implementation measures differ significantly, light has been shed on the structural controversies of schools in their common struggle for democratised Education.

Check out my paper!

Watch my short documentary on experiences of schools in India here.

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