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In the previous post , I had summarized relevant findings from the report published by NISG by focusing on the two broad aspects of improvement of education in the space of teaching  – improving the teaching efficiency of teachers and increasing the operational efficiency of the processes related to teachers. In continuation to the project, I would summarize the relevant findings for our project   found in the article (Ramachandran and Bhattacharjea 2009) ‘Attend to Primary school teachers’ written by Vimala Ramachandran  and Suman Bhattachrjea  

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In India, School Education is a vast domain with 1,29,800 secondary schools and over 11 Lakh elementary schools spread across the country and employing more than 55 Lakh teachers.   While schemes implemented by the Government like SSA, Mid-Day Meal, Rashtriya Madhayamik Shiksha Abhiyan are concentrating on encouraging students to join schools, large number of NGOs and private organizations are focusing on improving the quality of education in Government schools by collaborating with MHRD.

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(The following blog is based on Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India’s paper on Padhe Bharat Bade Bharat- Early Reading and Writing Comprehension and early Mathematics program. The readings are a part of the research for our paper on Improving Teacher performance in schools in India.) 

 In India one of the most significant problems with education is that teachers believe that completing prescribed course is their main and only professional concern. This way reading to construct and derive meaning, for communication and of sharing of information and ideas often gets neglected and the child fails to become a competent reader and writer. Children who are unable to read and write in the first two grades are vulnerable to drop out of education system undermining the quality of life and productive of human resources.

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From the recently launched Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Suraksha Yojana to the repeated invocation of the Gandhian dedication to cleanliness as a pioneering thought for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, the BJP led government has time and again found ways to incorporate Mahatma Gandhi’s namesake into their agenda and programs. But just how strong this loyalty to the Mahatma’s core values and legacy by the cultural organisation behind the BJP, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or the RSS, has historically been, merits a little more investigation.

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As the world continues to unravel the details of the global inflection point marked by Donald Trump’s election as the President of the United States, back home we are at a somewhat similar junction ourselves. Events unfolding in front of us represent a crisis for Indian democratic values ultimately culminating into a battle between fear and tolerance.

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Immigration is the permanent action of a person to come and settle in a foreign country. It is an instrument that allows governments to significantly influence population trends.The impact of immigration can be felt very greatly by countries; be in terms of an increase in the population growth, population composition (age, sex and marital status among others. It is in this context, that this article will attempt to look at the immigration policies of Australia, Canada, India and United States and also make a comparison between them wherever possible. 

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For the last few days the world is watching the curious spectacle of millions of Indians waiting in long, unending queues to recover their own money from banks, post offices and ATMs even as the government at the Centre remains firmly in denial about the untold hardship to the poor who cannot afford to stay away from their daily wage work even for a day. Some senior citizens have died of exhaustion standing in queues for hours on end. Families have suffered as private hospitals refuse to take currency notes of 1000 and 500 denomination, legal tender just till the other day altogether accounted for 100 plus deaths in the country.

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UNESCO believes education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality.  Education is an asset for all. It is a tool that transforms lives. This article attempts to assess the growth of education in India over the years and looks at the scope for improvement in education in India in the future. The article also specifically looks at the Right to Education Act (RTE)  and its achievements and also attempts to discuss the new draft of the National Education Policy (NEP, 2016). 

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The Union Cabinet has approved  the introduction of two Bills in Parliament for amendments in the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 so as to modify the list of STs in respect of five states-Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and identification of new communities in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

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Many still consider feminism and foreign policy to be linked by a marriage of convenience, designed to either acknowledge the political accomplishments of women in the sphere of foreign policy or to bring attention to so called women‘s issues, such as reproduction rights and population control. The past 30 years has seen a growth in literature; a recent creation of the journals that address foreign policy issues in a multidisciplinary fashion focusing on the important idea of widening and bringing women into the discussion on foreign policy and not creating a separate platform for them as foreign policies should be whole and engaging rather than segregated and divided in the face of issues that stand before us.

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The Indian armed forces have a rich history and decorated generals like General K M Cariappa and  Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw have served the country throughout. But off late, their interests have been ignored. The recommendations made by the Seventh Pay Commission (SPC) do not address the concerns of the servicemen. Though the  SPC has recommended a 23.5% pay hike in the pay of all the Central government employees, armed forces are unhappy with the same. There is wide disparity in the hazard allowances between the civil, paramilitary and military services.

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The death of the young Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi, made me realize the severity of the refugee crisis and as an afterthought, I have tried to compare the current refugee policies of Australia, Canada, India and the United States. While  the U.S., Canada and Australia have similar policies on immigration, India is different. Australians and Canadians feel that immigration has led to demographic and economic growth but the immigration issue has also led to the rise of right wing nationalism and xenophobia.

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The National Council for Economic Research and Training (NCERT) is in midst of revising the national curriculum. A democratic process has been established through which State boards, educational experts, policy-makers and socio-cultural organizations have been consulted for their advice. It is my dream as a Member of Parliament from Assam that the modern NCERT curriculum reflect the historic and cultural importance of Assam and the rest of Northeast India.

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100 days of a new government has become a media event in the age of 24/7 television. Both politicians and people know that it is too early to judge yet TV anchors overwhelms viewers with hours of endless debate. Being a politician one cannot withdraw from a debate so I write this blog to offer my views.
The government has taken a few credible steps. Its emphasis on financial inclusion, sanitation and cleanliness, FDI in defence and insurance and smart cities has won praise from many corners.

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It has been quite long since the North-eastern Community has been crying foul about the Delhi citizens and Police discrimination against those belonging to the North-eastern states of India - Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Meghalaya and even Sikkim.

Especially North-east girls in Delhi, who come here for higher education and job opportunity, are extremely unsafe and vulnerable in India's capital city. But we can’t avoid the boys too. Many of north-eastern men were been attacked and brutally in the last sometimes.

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Every day is a step forward, where sometimes we play a tug-of-war with life
Sometimes it pulls us away from where we want to be, for good or bad
Sometimes we need to pull it towards where we want it to be, for a good or bad
As a friend recently said, life is but a series of decisions to where you want it to head to

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