The Political Economy of the Right to Education in India

SICHREM hosted a talk by Dr Niranjanaradya on Friday May 28th. It was part of our ongoing Human Rights Discourse in which SICHREM invites various guest speakers to discuss issues affecting human rights.

Dr Niranjanaradya discussed the Political Economy of the Right to Education Act. He railed against the apparent onset of privatisation in the Indian education system, which he thought the Act precipitated. He also spoke passionately about the need to desegregate the schooling system so that students from poorer backgrounds will no longer be disadvantaged solely because of their background. He strongly advocated a comprehensive education system for all Indian children and argued that education is a social good, which should remain in the public sector.

We thank him for his lively and thought provoking talk and we look forward to seeing more people attend our next Human Rights Discourse event.

Dr Niranjanaradya highlights some of his concerns about the RTE Act

An interested crowd digests some of the criticisms made of the RTE

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