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Neither Private Schools nor Technology Will Solve India's Learning Crisis -Rakesh Kumar Rajak and Martin Haus

To avoid jargon, let us draw up an analogy: imagine a report on the performance of banks. The increase in wealth per customer is compared. On one side is an upmarket private bank; on the other is a rural co-operative bank. The average wealth increase in the private bank is Rs 1 lakh. In the rural co-operative bank, it is a meagre Rs 400. It would be a fallacy to assume that if everybody opened an accou

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Study reveals caste-based segregation in Bengaluru -Mohit M Rao

the higher end of the spectrum (0 being ideal with no segregation, and 1 being complete segregation). “There is a myth that cities are caste-free spaces and caste segregation exists only in rural areas. But data clearly shows that there is segregation across the city. Lower castes are being ghettoised into pockets,” says Mr. Bharathi who undertook the project at IIMB. Please click here to read more.

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Egg back on Raipur mid-day menu after regime change, not in Bhopal -Dipankar Ghose & Milind Ghatwai

Officially, it is yet to take a call on a ban imposed on eggs in anganwadis by former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “A discussion on the topic was recently held in the Panchayat and rural Development Department but no decision was taken… The previous BJP government did not even suggest an alternative to eggs,” said official sources. Bhopal-based Right-to-Food campaigner Sachin Jain said the large tribal population in

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ASER 2018: In Math, education survey finds a growing gender divide -Sukrita Baruah

director, ASER Centre, said it is possible that the gender gap in Mathematics is reinforced by existing perceptions on mathematical ability of girls. While the Annual Status of Education Report (rural), 2018 – or ASER – shows that the percentage of girls out of school is shrinking, it reports a gender divide in basic Math learning levels across age categories, which steadily increases as the children grow older. Advertising Accord

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Why KALIA may be better option than loan waiver in supporting big, small farmers

ivation and associated activities. It completed its first phase of registration on Tuesday. “Unlike a loan waiver, (through which) banks appease a few farmers, KALIA’s main targets are rural activities as a whole. We will support farming on a small scale, sharecropping, fishing, animal herding, which are not covered under bank loans, but are caught in debt traps set up by local moneylenders,” an Agriculture Department official tol

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NREGA progress remains slow as drought worsens -Kavitha Iyer

-The Indian Express While a focused jobs guarantee thrust could help mitigate financial distress for tens of thousands of rural families, Maharashtra’s performance on MGNREGA until now this year has been lacklustre on several counts. Mumbai: As drought conditions worsen in across large parts of rural Maharashtra and sowing for rabi crops adversely affected, the state is expected to give a fre

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A quota for farmers -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express It would have made more sense — economically, legally, politically, morally, constitutionally — to have limited 10 per cent EWS reservation to those with farming or rural backgrounds The last few years have seen the so-called dominant farming communities — especially the Jats, Marathas, Patidars and Kapus — mount violent agitations demanding quotas in government jobs and higher educational institution

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99% MGNREGA funds "exhausted", Govt of India makes no additional sanctions: Study

public statements by his government promising employment and job creation that will boost the country’s growth, the country’s only employment guarantee programme, Mahatma Gandhi National rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), “is being systematically undermined.” The letter states, “Illegal restrictions on its budget allocation, severe payment delays and low wages are crippling the program and depriving people in d

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12,000 schools in Gujarat have just one or two teachers -Kapil Dave

ents. In all, 15,171 (46%) government schools have less than 100 students. Most of these schools have up to 10th standard and all classes are run by the same teachers. Reluctance of teachers to go to rural schools is one of the major reasons for the government thinking of taking the step. The state government may gradually close down all schools which have less than 100 students. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, state education minister said, "To impr

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After 10% quota, Govt plans basic income for poor, aid for farmers -Amitav Ranjan

ed to this section while ending other sops such as food and LPG subsidy to them, the sources said. The UBI dole is expected to take care of half the nutritional requirements of a family of five in rural areas and one-third requirement of those who make the urban poor. The government is expected to budget around Rs 32,000 crore for April-June 2019. Sources said the actual number of beneficiaries would depend on the funds that the Reserve Bank of

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