The Hindu The Supreme Court of India recently took a landmark decision to allow a 24-year-old rape survivor to terminate a 24-week pregnancy, as the foetus has abnormalities, and going ahead would severely affect the woman’s health. This is a landmark judgment. It is because after 20 weeks of pregnancy a woman in India is… Continue reading A tricky debate on abortion
The health ministry is planning to revamp its flagship immunisation programme ‘Mission Indradhanush‘ to include four new vaccines. The mission, currently providing coverage against seven life-threatening diseases, will soon also include vaccines for rotavirus, measles rubella, inactivated polio vaccine bivalent and Japanese Encephalitis for adults. Mission Indradhanush: Mission Indradhanush was launched by the Health &… Continue reading With 4 new vaccines, govt to revamp immunisation drive
Livemint National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows a rising graph in the number of dowry cases registered: 9,038 for 2012 10,709 for 2013 10,050 for 2014 Men’s rights activists will tell you this is proof of the law’s misuse. And even the Supreme Court has pointed out in 2014 that section 498A has “dubious… Continue reading Have we lost the dowry battle?
Livemint How much should India spend on education? The Education Policy of 1968, based on the recommendations of the Kothari commission (1964-66), decided that Indian public expenditure on education must be 6% of gross domestic product (GDP). This goal was reaffirmed in the New Education Policy of 1986 and its revision in 1992, with a… Continue reading Thrift in education?
Net attendance ratio (NAR) It is the number of students attending a particular section, divided by the total number of kids of that age group (expressed as a percentage). For Classes I to V— NAR is the number of children aged 6-10 years currently attending Classes I-V, divided by estimated population in the age group… Continue reading Inequalities in educational access in India-
The Hindu News The government has electronically transferred more than Rs.61,000 crore in the last financial year through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme. According to the data presented in Parliament Rs.61,824.32 crore was transferred to 30.8 crore beneficiaries in 59 schemes. Out of this, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) payments made… Continue reading Digital DBT aids rural job schemes
Livemint Issue There is a need to develop a system where efficiency of our education system can be measured. Context With Right to Education (RTE) Act and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the goal of ensuring universal primary education has been aggressively pursued, and a significant quantitative impact in terms of the enrolment ratio has been seen.… Continue reading How efficient is Indian education?
2001 National Census– More than 12 million children in the age group 5-14 are engaged in exploitative occupations that are detrimental to their rights and to the full development of their potentials 168 million child labourers, 59 million out-of-school children and 15 million girls under 15 are forced to marry every year ILO: 5.7 million… Continue reading A crumbling idea of progress—Child Labour
India in a big need for research in education sector, to improve quality of education. Research Two kinds of research can be done in education. Second type of research is usually done by economists, political scientists, sociologists and scholars from similar intellectual backgrounds. In India nobody is bothered about first type of research, very… Continue reading Researching education
Aim: To generate awareness and improve efficiency of delivery of welfare services meant for women Launched on 22 January 2015 with an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crore Joint initiative of Ministries of Women & Child Development, Health & Human Resource Development Districts Identified The three criteria for selection of districts: Districts below the national… Continue reading Beti Bachao Beti Padhao