To invest in sanitation or not? The role of gender differences in perceptions
Although sanitation is essential for health, many households remain without a toilet due to financial constraints. This article describes the extent to which perceptions of costs and benefits of sanit...
- Britta Augsburg Bansi Malde Harriet Olorenshaw Zaki Wahhaj
- 22 July, 2022
Assessing the extent and fiscal cost of teacher shortages in India
The New Education Policy has proposed that the one million teacher vacancies in public elementary schools be filled imperatively. Using 2019-20 District Information System for Education (u-DISE) data,...
- Sandip Datta Geeta Gandhi Kingdon
- 22 June, 2022
Is open defecation still prevalent in rural north India?
In an attempt to understand open defecation in four focus states in the aftermath of the Swachh Bharat Mission, Vyas and Gupta evaluate the findings of the NFHS-5. They note that the NFHS is likely to...
- Aashish Gupta Sangita Vyas
- 20 January, 2023
Science in high school? College and job outcomes
Career paths associated with the study of science vis-à-vis other disciplines in high school, are considered more prestigious and renumerative in India. This article examines the association between ...
- Tarun Jain Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay Nishith Prakash Raghav Rakesh
- 24 June, 2020
Rethinking ‘mobile camps’ for cancer screening
Despite public-private initiatives to increase preventive screening for cancer through mobile camps, mortality rates on account of the disease continue to be high. In this post, Ghosh and Sekar discus...
- Samayita Ghosh Preethiya Sekar
- 28 May, 2020
How India can lead the world to build a functioning public health system
The world has not yet invested in a cadre of trustworthy, community-embedded public health workers who are empowered to undertake their tasks as professionals, despite the lessons from Ebola virus dis...
- Stuti Khemani
- 20 May, 2020
Harnessing technology to visualise Covid-19 risk across India
Policy discourse in India has steered towards opening the economy in a phased manner to combat the mounting economic distress caused by the lockdown. In this post, Puppala, Gupta, and Sekhri describe ...
- Rajiv Gupta Harish Puppula Sheetal Sekhri
- 24 April, 2020
Gender composition of children and sanitation behaviour
Open defecation has been linked to various public health issues and has gained significant policy attention. Nonetheless, research has shown that due to son preference, households in India underinvest...
- Deepak Saraswat
- 22 April, 2020
India’s battle against Covid-19: A comparative perspective
It has been suggested that, India could selectively relax the lockdown that has been imposed on it, given its favourable demographic profile. In this post, Ghosh and Pal argue that having a younger po...
- Sugata Ghosh Sarmistha Pal
- 16 April, 2020
The State’s frontline workers: An overlooked human resource
The Covid-19 and the related lockdown have focused the nation's attention on two groups of people who number in millions but have still somehow not received adequate attention: the migrant informal wo...
- Vishwanath Giriraj
- 15 April, 2020
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Covid-19: Online classes and the digital divide
As the Covid-19 infections rise in India, there is justified pressure to keep universities closed. Online teaching is something many institutions are contemplating, but do the Indian students have the...
- Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay
- 09 April, 2020
How to walk the talk on prioritising public health and nutrition
India accounts for more than 3 out of every 10 stunted children in the world, and the largest number of babies born with low birth weight per year.In this post, Shweta Khandelwal contends that India h...
- Shweta Khandelwal
- 09 March, 2020
Human development in India’s Economic Survey 2019-20
Measuring changes in human development can help us understand how the economy, and well-being of a country, is changing. The chapter on human development in this year’s Economic Survey emphasises th...
- Diane Coffey Dean Spears
- 21 February, 2020
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...
- Wilima Wadhwa
- 24 January, 2020
Learning environment as third teacher? Evidence on the impact of school infrastructure
One of the ways to ensure education quality in schools is to create education facilities that are child-centred and provide a safe, inclusive, and effective learning environment for all. In this post,...
- Diego Ambasz Tigran Shmis Maria Ustinova Kumar Vivek
- 06 December, 2019
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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...
- Saswata Ghosh
- 27 March, 2019
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.
- Sridhar Rajagopalan
- 19 November, 2015
Understanding India’s mental health crisis
Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, several reports have indicated a worsening of mental health issues among individuals across age groups. In this post, Michele Mary Bernadine examines the stat...
- Michele Mary Bernadine
- 06 April, 2021