ASERF News Bulletin on Education

E-bulletin No - 32

 Date:      1st March   – 15th  March, 2008

Welcome to ASERF News Bulletin on Education, a free By-Monthly E-Bulletin to keep you abreast of the relevant and latest Educational - news, views and policy research - from India and abroad. 


Quality Education in Elementary Schools: A System of Failure “The beautiful dress does not reflect beauty, the beauty is, the beauty of knowledge and morals.”--Hazrat Ali (R.A)

Education is the most potent mechanism for the advancement of human beings. It enlarges, enriches and improves the individual's image of the future. A man without education is no more than an animal. Education is not to reform students or occupy them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, inflame their intellects, and teach them to think straight, if possible, according to Robert M. Hutchins. Philosophers have a phrase -- "enlightened self-interest" -- which they apply to those situations where choosing the less obvious or even slightly more painful course makes us much better off in the long run. There is perhaps no better example of "enlightened self-interest" in the world today than the education of children.…………


·   Only 20 percent professional colleges in rural India

·   Better Than A Few, But Worse Than Most

·   Govt. considering proposal to regulate distance education

·   HRD Ministry rethink on NCTE closure

·   Measures a foot to impart quality education in the state

·   Norms for starting engineering colleges for girls eased

·   Shortage of teachers is a problem

·   Teach school students structured thinking

·   Teaching profession is in a deep crisis

·   Yashpal panel to review UGC’s role  

·   Haryana Govt. cuts interest liability by 5 pc from girls educational loans

·   Centre plans new teachers’ education programme

·   UGC allows varsities to reappoint retired faculty

·   UGC hikes scholarships for research fellows

·   Goldman Sachs to partner ISB

Analysis/Opinion/Innovative Practice

·   Economic progress is meaningless if social development lags behind : Arjun Singh

·   Foreign Education Providers Bill could not be tabled due to 'ideological' differences

·   From a child's point of view

·   Infrastructure and education can accelerate economic growth

·   Malady of primary education

·   National Knowledge Commission suggests regulation of fee structure in private schools

·   Quality Education to be our Major Thrust Area

·   Right to Education Bill in current session: Arjun

·   Taare Zameen Par: Special education in India


·   Education framework should address need of the market

·   Education push to cost Rs 48,000 crore

·   Education has got a pittance

·   Employment increases in unorganised sector

·   Getting engineering seat will be easier now

·   Will granting right to education help India fix ailing schools?

·   India to have 1 mn new jobs in 2008: Survey

·   The job boom is in education


Apeejay Stya Education Research Foundation (ASERF), has instituted ‘Dr Stya Paul Young Educationist Award’ for honouring Young Educationists who have demonstrated their potential by making an impact on Indian education.

A Citizen of India below the age of 45 years, who has published books, research papers in Indian or international journals on any aspect of Indian education such as Early Childhood education, elementary education, teacher education, higher education, technical and professional education, is eligible for consideration for the award. The published work should be such as is indicative of the author’s original contribution to the advancement of educational thought or improvement in educational practices in the Indian context. The Award comprise a cash amount of Rs. 50,000/-, a robe of honour and citation.


ASERF invites application from the eligible scholars for the Award of the year 2008. The prescribed format along with the terms and conditions can be downloaded from the ASERF Website or obtained from ASERF’s office.


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Aditya Berlia                                                                                                                                                         Dr. Mithilesh Kr Singh

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