News Bulletins

News Bulletin Vol 7, Nov 23, 2006

  • Where do children go after class VIII? Nationally, only around 5% of our children in the 6-14 age-group, numbering around 200 million, enter the higher education stage, and presumably find vocations and livelihoods commensurate with their educational attainments.Of a hundred children admitted to class one, one could safely assume that seventy would not pursue secondary education. The question was - where do these seventy children go, and what and how should they learn? Read More >>

  • School vouchers in India: A critique This document provides a critique of the voucher system that is currently being considered by the Government of India Read More >>

  • Special spaces for India's special children In a way, nature is even handed: about 3% of all children --across countries, races, religions and cultures-- are 'special'. They arrive on Earth with their unique gifts but mainstream life... Read More >>

  • Wars  robbing youths of school At least 43 million children around the world are unable to go to primary school because of armed conflicts, according to a new report... Read More >>

  • The Redoubtable babus of Mumbai Here's an example of how the meek might inherit India. Here too, is an insight into what really makes India tick, keeping hope alive amidst unrelieved chaos and selfishness... Read More >>

  • Government stalling secondary education reforms The central government's own figures indicate that many as two-thirds of those eligible for secondary education remain outside the school system today. A Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) committee estimates that 88,562 additional classrooms will be required in 2007-08 and over 1.3 lakh additional teachers... Read More >>

  • Child labor-- our future at stake With 23 million child labourers, India is the sixth most unsafe country in the world for children. From cracker industry to weaving carpets to being exploited as domestic helps, the unfortunate face of childhood in India largely goes unnoticed. See the Video

-- Compiled by Ananya, Yash, Prasoon. Arvind



News Bulletin Vol 6, Jul17, 2006

  1. The English Divide Garima's story exposes India's paradoxical relationship with the English-language... Read More >>

  2. Is India's Rural poverty plan working? Critics say corruption and bad governance mean it is unlikely to work. So two months after the launch, I traveled in northern India to see if it is working... Read More >>

  3. "My name is Minu Bora" Pursuing a national measurement of the education, Rukmini Banerji reaches Arunachal Pradesh. Through chats and conversations and activities with children, she finds that the map of India is much more than dots and lines on a piece of paper, but also ... Read More >>

  4. The curse of having girl India might be a country rushing headlong into 21st century but every year thousands of babies are aborted or killed at birth because they are girls... Read More >>

  5. Mother-Tongue or English In an education system riddled with inequities, language can also be an obstacle that comes in the way of learning. Educationists agree that it's best to teach in the child's mother tongue, but the issue is a complex and emotive one... Read More >>

  6. Erecting a stop sign for trafficking Odanadi Seva Samsthe is a Mysore-based organization that undertakes rescue operations to free trafficked persons from the criminal clutches into which they have fallen. The major focus of its rescue operations is to prevent trafficking of minor girls and women... Read More >>

  7. Centre burying Right to Education Bill While it's ready to pour funds in higher educational institutions to see that quota implemented, the Centre is giving a quiet burial to the Right to Education Bill citing lack of funds... Read More >>

                                            -- Compiled by Ananya, Yash, Prasoon.




News Bulletin Vol 5, Jun 21, 2006

  1. Sandeep Pandey urges soda boycott Sandeep Pandey urged students during a Sunday night lecture at the University of Florida to boycott soft-drink companies for their destructive... Read More >>

  2. India renews efforts to curb child marriage Shanta was only 13 when her parents forced her to leave school and married her to a man twice her age... Read More >>

  3. Child Labor- slow progress right direction Encouraging statistics pointing to a decline in child labor do not conceal the fact that the problem remains a major challenge in large parts of the world... Read More >>

  4. The private sector serving the educational needs of the poor Little attention has been given to the private schools that serve poor and low-income families. Recent research points to the important ways in which private schools can provide opportunities where government... Read More >>

  5. Employment Guarantee-- signs of transformation A quiet revolution appears to be taking place in many impoverished rural districts across the country. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), which came into force on February 2, is having a perceptible impact... Read More >>

  6. India's poor need a radical package- Amartya Sen We need a radical change in the way health delivery in the public sector occurs. India spends a lower percentage of GDP on public health than almost any other country... Read More >>

  7. Coke facing fines in Europe, community boycotts in USA There has been increasing support of protests against the Colas in USA. In Gainesville, students from University of Florida agreed to take up the issue of Coke... Read More >>



News Bulletin Vol 4, Jun 01, 2006

  1. Biography of Sandeep Pandey The best phrase to describe Sandeep Pandey's work is that it is pro-poor. His objective is to... Read More >>

  2. Asha Ashram in Lalpur Asha has set up a full-fledged centre called Asha Ashram for carrying out an experiment in education in the Lalpur village of Hardoi district, 60 km from Lucknow. The centre is playing an active role... Read More >>

  3. More than schooling  An idealist notion about the necessity of education has been taken for granted. If fact this notion has been so strongly developed that we are taught to overlook the shortcomings in the implementation of this activity... Read More >>

  4. Right to information 'sunshine'  law arrives  The new law specifies that "The Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners shall be persons of eminence in public life with wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media or administration and governance."... Read More >>

  5. Pradhans under the eyes of Asha Ashram Several newly elected panchayat presidents and and council members attended a unique ceremony in Lalpur, U.P., in late September. Watched by the District Magistrate, they took an oath of 'office and transparency' as opposed to the customary oath of 'office and secrecy'... Read More >>

  6. National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, NREG The National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) Act, 2005 enacted on September 7, 2005 is a historic legislation for the simple reason that it has put the onus of providing employment on the government. This is first of its kind. The Act also provides for an assured employment. A person is entitled to unemployment allowance, subject to a minimum of Rs 60 a day... Read More >>

  7. India's curious rural employment plan "People born in this village have no hope of escaping it. The only point of learning to read and write is they'll be better equipped to identify corruption in the future." ... Read More >>

  8. A bridge it is, but to where? NFE: The story behind the three letters--  A critique on Non Formal Educational centers... Read More >>



News Bulletin Vol 3, May 19, 2006

  1. Run for Love Budhia Singh, the marathon-running four-year-old, is loved by all. But what is the nature of this love? The answer to this might be a way into the larger and more disturbing question of how India treats its children as.... Read More >>

  2. Silent Victims Child domestic workers are often exploited and ill-treated in the absence of protective laws. This story recounts some harrowing tales and looks at the organizations helping to better their lot... Read More >>

  3. Right to Education bill, 2005 The constitution of India now guarantees the right to education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14, but how is this to be upheld? This report presents a legislative brief highlighting the details followed by discussion on key issues.... Read More >>

  4. Primary education: Low Coverage, Poor Quality INDIA HAS made strides in educating its population of more than a billion people, yet a lot remains to be done. It is commonplace now that education is both intrinsically valuable and also instrumental for economic well-being, and this is true for individuals and entire nations. No country has been able to develop without the spread of mass education. An educated population is a prerequisite... Read More >>

  5. Memoirs of Geisha Memories of childhood are still afresh in her mind. Her small house, her parents, her brothers and sisters ? Kumkum Chetri?s world was a picture perfect. But by the time she was 18, Kumkum was also known as Minu, as she became a victim of circumstances that eventually forced her to take up prostitution as her profession... Read More >>

  6. Education barrier for India's poor  I was taken to a small village by Sandeep Pandey, one of the founders of the educational charity Asha (Hope). There I came across about 50 children, of all ages from about three to 15 years, sitting under the trees chanting their lessons. They have to learn together like this because there is only one teacher... Read More >>

  7. Little flowers of the desert Imagine a place where the sky touches the vast expanding white landscape. But it's a different story for many children working as salt workers in the barren land of Rann of Kutch... Read More >>



News Bulletin Vol 2, April 28, 2006

  1. Sister Cyril?s school is for everyone "I could see no justification for running a big English medium school for a relatively small number and leaving out so many in need,? she says. Sister Cyril decided to start admitting children from underprivileged families into her privileged school.... Read More >>

  2. Primary concerns about India's educational system...No aspect of India?s developmental experience has been so marked by disparities between rhetorical ambitions and actual achievement as our educational system.... Read More >>

  3. A chance to teach: Women make a difference...Twenty-five years ago she was alarmed at the percentage of dropouts in the primary section. That is when she decided that something had to be done and thus was formed the Vanasthali Rural Development Centre. The aim of the Trust was to promote pre-primary education in... Read More >>

  4. A dream come true for street kids in Delhi- Their dream was realized with help from non-government organization "Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action'' (CHETNA) which along with the United Nations Development Program and corporate inputs has managed to give the children a chance at "educating themselves''. Most of these children work as rag pickers, vendors and beer bottle pickers. Read More >>

  5. Too Little, Too Late.. Liberalization and the market economy may have increased the scope of opportunities. But one needs to have certain skills and assets to convert these opportunities into income. The basic problem of the poor in India is that they do not have the necessary skills or products to sell.... Read More >>

  6. Interview with Arundhati Roy on Narmada issue- In this interview, Arundhati Roy updates her essay on the Narmada issue, The Greater Common Good, published in 1999 in Frontline. It was conducted by Shoma Chaudhuri over a period of several days in person and on email.... Read More >>

  7. A Short movie 'Kismet'...The film depicts struggle of young boy to stay in school as he has to take care of his mother and sister. Cast includes children from a homeless shelter in Delhi. Watch the movie



News Bulletin Vol 1, April 21, 2006

  1. Pune-based organization promoting Inclusive education to combat Dyslexia in children.... The constant pressure to perform and the labelling of a differently-abled child as someone who is slow or just not good enough dents his/her confidence, often resulting in a lifelong inferiority complex and inability to cope with situations..... Read More >>
  2. Procter & Gamble to suport CRY child projects... Indians can now donate money towards the education of underprivileged children by buying big packs of Procter and Gamble (P&G) products as the company runs into the second year supporting 'Shiksha', a right to education programme for children run by Child Rights and You (CRY)... Read More >> 
  3. Bill Gates, giving back to society ..... Bill Gates is often made a target for many jokes and snide remarks. But if there is one thing that has silenced the most vociferous of his critics, it is his act of giving back to society... Read More >>
  4. A new haven for Mumbai's special children...The Special Care Centre will provide formal & non-formal education, pre-vocational training, health check-ups, counseling, mid-day meals, speech therapy and self-help skills for the special children, street children and adolescent girls from the nearby slums, as well as ensures integration with normal children... Read More >>
  1. Literacy Rates of Indians with disbilities:Census 2001


Residence Persons Male Female
Disabilities Total
Total 49.31 58.15 37.32
Rural 44.40 54.11 31.31
Urban 63.87 70.05 55.36
Seeing Disability
Total 49.85 59.56 38.50
Rural 43.56 54.18 31.28
Urban 67.77 74.61 59.53
Speech Disability
Total 36.23 41.91 28.57
Rural 31.38 37.30 23.41
Urban 51.41 56.33 44.75
Hearing Disability
Total 43.17 55.73 28.79
Rural 39.31 52.20 24.38
Urban 59.72 71.24 47.11
Movement Disability
Total 57.37 65.44 43.08
Rural 53.74 62.52 38.17
Urban 69.04 74.80 58.18
Mental Disability
Total 37.89 43.68 29.27
Rural 34.72 41.17 25.21
Urban 45.44 49.55 39.15

Disparity between male and Female literacy rate and between rural and urban poplulation is clearly visible.For Asha Projects that focus on disabilities Read More >>