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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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On Delhi's mohalla clinics

The Delhi government planned to set up 1,000 mohalla or community clinics in the state by end-2016, but only one-tenth of the target was met in the proposed timeline. In this article, public health ex...

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Kanyashree Prakalpa in West Bengal: Justification and evaluation

Kanyasree Prakalpa is a conditional cash transfer scheme of the Government of West Bengal that offers scholarship to adolescent girls for continuing education and remaining unmarried until the age of ...

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Risks and Investment in Education

This project analysed the effects of household income risk on schooling investment in rural India. The findings from this project suggest that income risk faced by poorer households is an important re...

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Promoting excellence in higher education in India

Over the years, the entire system of higher education in India has relentlessly bled talent. In this article, Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics at MIT, discusses why this is so, and what can be...

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Common tongue? How mother tongue instruction influences education

The recently released draft of the National Education Policy stresses the importance of education in the mother tongue, especially in the formative years at school. This column seeks to uncover the li...

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Leveraging patients' social networks to overcome Tuberculosis under-detection in India: A field experiment

An estimated 3.5 million people in India suffer from Tuberculosis (TB). The disease is under-detected, which is a major challenge because the success of any treatment programme rests crucially on ide...

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School consolidation in Himachal Pradesh: Achieving quality and inclusion

While the emphasis on neighbourhood schooling in India’s education policy over the past 15 years has increased enrolment, it has also contributed to a proliferation of poor quality, small schools. T...

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Peer influence and human capital accumulation: Evidence from Delhi University colleges

College is an important milestone in life that is believed to develop several aspects of an individual's human capital, broadly defined to include both cognitive and socio-emotional traits. Consequen...

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Understaffed, underserved: Human problems of India's public health system

India’s progress in reducing infant and maternal mortality is rather slow. This column shows the extent of shortfall of gynaecologists and auxiliary nurse midwives - the frontline of the battle agai...

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Whither female disadvantage? An analysis of private school enrolment in India

Given the poor condition of government schools and the perceived efficiency of private schools, Indian parents are increasingly choosing to send their children to private schools. This column examines...

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Using geospatial methods in estimating exposure to open defecation

Eliminating open defecation is an important policy priority in India. In this article, Arya, George and Singh from the Centre for Policy Research, illustrate how using readily available geospatial dat...

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Water quality awareness and behaviour change

Universal access to clean water is far from a reality in many developing countries. This column examines a nationwide information campaign that attempted to minimise the use of arsenic-contaminated tu...

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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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