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The early advantage: Learning levels in grade 1

According to ASER 2019, children in grade 1 of government schools in India lag behind private school children in both language and numeracy skills. In this post, Wilima Wadhwa explains that children i...

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A quiet revolution: The case of primary education in Uttar Pradesh

The challenge in India’s school education system today is how to translate years of schooling into learning. While there is reason to lament the learning crisis, a quiet movement is taking place in ...

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What the Swachh Bharat Mission did not change

On the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and 5th anniversary of the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), Coffey and Spears discuss findings from a field survey about changes in open defecation in rura...

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Financial incentives and the fertility-sex ratio trade-off in India

Fertility reduction and a gender-balanced population often appear to be conflicting objectives in countries with persistent son preference and easy access to sex-selection technology, as targeting one...

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How can immigrant scientists give back to their homelands?

In addition to contributing to their adopted countries, immigrant scientists have potential to use their talents to give back to their homelands. In this context, Madhukar Pai shares his personal expe...

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Reducing maternal mortality in India: A four-pronged strategy

While India’s maternal mortality rate declined substantially during 2004-2006 to 2014-2016, at an annual rate of 5%, the reduction is still short of what is required to achieve the National Health P...

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Are socially motivated private schools more efficient than profit-seeking ones?

While it is widely believed that social motivation can promote efficiency in public service delivery, its role in provision of schooling is little understood. Using Nepal as a case study, this article...

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Maternal Hours of Work during Pregnancy: An Evaluation of a CCT Programme in India

The Indira Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) is a conditional cash transfer (CCT) aimed at expectant mothers in the informal sector, aiming to provide the income to enable a reduction in work hour...

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Restructuring India’s schooling system

Over the last two decades, students have exited government schools in India due to the poor quality of schools, resulting in the mushrooming of small and tiny private schools that are scattered across...

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Strengthening primary healthcare: From promises to reality

In February 2017, Government of India had announced its plans to upgrade some of the existing primary healthcare facilities into Health and Wellness Centres (HWCs). However, the pace of implementatio...

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Modicare: Getting universal health coverage in India right

The recently announced National Health Protection Scheme succeeds Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY), which provided health insurance for short-term hospital visits to the poorest 300 million Indi...

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The resurgence of chikungunya in India: How should we tackle it?

The number of reported cases of chikungunya – a mosquito-borne viral disease – has been increasing in India in recent years, especially during 2016-2017. In this article, Kaushik Bharati discusse...

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Value, not volume: Four ways entrepreneurs can help restore trust in India’s healthcare providers

India’s healthcare providers are facing a crisis of public distrust. In this article, Chintan Maru contends that the root of the problem is the way healthcare is paid for. He explores how health ent...

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India's plan to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025: Converting rhetoric into reality

During the 2017 Union Budget address, the Government of India announced its plan to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025, which is extraordinarily ambitious given that India accounts for a large propor...

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What lies ahead: The role of entrepreneurship in India's rising public health sector

India’s deep pool of entrepreneurs has launched countless disruptive businesses from the Bay Area to Bangalore. In this article, Chintan Maru explores the question − how can India attract this tal...

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Giving up too early on malnourished children? Catch-up growth and Midday Meals

It is widely believed that malnourishment in the first few years of childhood adversely affects cognition and adult economic outcomes. This column presents new research which shows that full recovery...

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Hindu-Muslim fertility differentials in India: District-level estimates from Census 2011

The 2011 Indian Census data show a higher growth rate of Muslim population compared to the Hindu population. This article provides an in-depth picture of Hindu-Muslim fertility differentials at the di...

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Ten steps to transform the quality of education in India

In this article, Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives, suggests 10 initiatives that can help transform the quality of education in India.

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