Over-Commercialization of Education in India | A Troubling Scenario

The Right to Education Act 2010 was passed keeping in mind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.   The RTE reiterates the basic human right of free and quality education to all children in a neighborhood school. Free and good-quality education in neighborhood schools is one of the reasons for progress in many developed nations like US, UK, Sweden and Japan. In India, Kerala has had the highest literacy rate because of good quality government-run neighborhood schools. The disturbing trend of over-commercialization of education in India is one of the reasons that the all-India literacy rate stands at just 74.04% (2011). It is one of the reasons that poverty, exploitation, environmental challenges and a series of other socioeconomic problems continue to be prevalent in India. The following is a brief discussion of the topic “Over-Commercialization of Education … Continue reading

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CV Raman (Born November 7, 1888)-Nobel Prize Winner | Raman Effect

CV Raman was born on November 7, 1888, in Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu in South India.  CV Raman was the first Indian national to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics.  He was the second Indian national after Rabindranath Tagore to be awarded the Nobel Prize.  CV Raman was also awarded the Bharat Ratna which is the highest civilian award of India. CV Raman’s father was well educated and was a college lecturer in Physics and Mathematics.  CV Raman was thereby exposed to many international scientific volumes.  He had a strong spirit of inquiry.   In 1907, he married Lokasundari Ammal.  They had two sons.  CV Raman did not believe in any religion or in any God and had a strong scientific temperament. CV Raman began his career with a government job in the Indian Association of Cultivation Sciences (IACS) in Kolkata.  … Continue reading

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Importance of Principle-Centered Learning Outcomes in Education

Learning outcomes in education need to take a principle-centered approach.  This will help students become sensitive, empathetic and conscientious individuals. Discussions, debates and thoughtful research and projects will help students move towards a principle-centered approach in their thoughts and actions.  This is very crucial in order to help society move towards a more sustainable future.  The global scenario is such that we are caught up in a stock market-driven and crass consumerist culture with over-commercialization.  Exploitation of our earth with illegal mining and rampant destruction of greenery is turning the earth into an artificial construct.  The heart, soul and mind of human beings have been compromised and disturbed for corrupt and callous patterning.   Rat race and crazy competitive culture instead of thoughtful and deep individual and collaborative inputs is prevailing.  This is turning most human beings into cogs in a … Continue reading

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Importance of Education Reform-Right to Education Act-India

Education reform is very important in order to create a thoughtful, conscientious and emphatic society.  There are many problems that human beings have to face due to the greed and callous superficial culture that is prevailing.  Sustainability and empowerment of human beings is the need of the hour.  The following are a few education reform measures made in India which need to be implemented in the true spirit in order to make India a truly progressive, humane and liberating society. The Right to Education Act or RTE Act is an important move towards educational reform in India and came into effect on April 1, 2010.  India as a nation has a long way to go in its effective and thoughtful implementation. Right of children to free and compulsory education until completion of elementary education in a neighborhood school. According to … Continue reading

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Children’s Rights – Fundamental Rights

Children’s rights is being widely discussed and is coming to the forefront in the 21st century. The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi exemplifies the worldwide struggle to end exploitation of children. Children’s rights include the basic human rights of freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender, religion, color or any other factor. The following is a short outline of children’s rights as outlined by the UN Convention: -All children have a right to free and quality education. In “developed” countries like the US, UK and Japan, the majority of children study in government-run neighborhood schools which provide quality education. In India, many government schools are still in a pathetic state. The private schools are becoming more and more commercialized. Many charge exorbitant fees in the name of providing quality education. Thus, unlike in “developed” … Continue reading

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Kailash Satyarthi- Child Rights Activist | Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights activist has been awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize which he shares with Malala Yousafzai. Child labor is a problem of epidemic proportion in India and in many “developing” countries. The plight of the children is similar to what occurred in England in the 1800s. The suffering, subjugation and loss of childhood as young children were forced to toil it out in the sweatshops, factories and workhouses is well depicted in Charles Dickens books. In India, children are still being exploited by cruel, corrupt and powerful landlords and factory runners who force children from poor families to work as bonded laborers. Kailash Satyarthi has become a leading child rights activist and has brought hope and helped rescue approximately 83,525 children to date from the clutches of exploitative forces. Kailash Satyarthi was born in Madhya … Continue reading

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