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The Journey of School Education for Bahujan and Impact of NEP 2020

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  Naaz Khair   The National Education Policy, 2020 (NEP2020) has been approved by the Union Cabinet as of 29th July, 2020. The National Education Policies of 1968, 1986 and Plan of Action of 1992 preceded NEP 2020. Prior to 1976, education was a state subject. Questions have been raised as to why NEP 2020 …

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Learnings from Assam in the context of NPR/NRC/CAA

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  Naaz Khair The Council of Europe reports that there are more than 680,000 stateless people in Europe today, a large number of them being ethnic Roma with no basic documents to prove their identity, legal status and citizenship. They are all individual stories of deprivation of rights, with their statelessness caused by, “discrimination in …

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Draft NEP 2019: A non-inclusive policy

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  Naaz Khair  Currently, in circulation is the revised draft of NEP 2019 (National Education Policy, 2019) after incorporating feedback from around the Country and stakeholders at various levels. It is 1/8th the size of the earlier version. One is thankful that the demand for a smaller size policy document has been effectively met by …

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NEP 2019: School Education, Implications for Bahujans

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Naaz Khair The process of compromising the education system of the Country began in the mid-80s, preceding the Structural Adjustment Program, (SAP), which was introduced in 1991, and continuing throughout the duration of SAP and beyond. A much talked about consequence of this compromise was how the problem of poor Pupil-Teacher Ratio (PTR) was addressed …

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10% EWS and the Educational Rights of Pasmanda and Bahujan Children

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  Naaz Khair Anu Ramdas: What is Right To Education (RTE) for the Bahujan and Pasmanda people? Naaz Khair: The Constitution of India that came into force in 1950 mandated the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children aged six to fourteen years. However, the provision was made in the form of …

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Who are the beneficiaries of Cow violence?

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  Naaz Khair Owing to conducive climate and topography, Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Sectors have played prominent socio-economic role in India. Traditional, cultural and religious beliefs have also contributed in the continuance of these activities. Further, they also play a significant role in generating gainful employment in the rural sector, particularly among the landless, …

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Muslim and Pasmanda education: Affirmative Action issues

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  Naaz Khair Muslim population (172 million) is the second largest in the Country, followed by Christian (27 million) and Sikh (20 million) populations (see Table 1). Muslim literacy rates and levels of education from the latest census (Census 2011) have been analyzed to present the status of Muslim education in this article. While Jains …