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There's a hole in the data -Kiran Bhatty & Dipa Sinha

-The Indian Express The state has failed to create capacities for a timely, reliable, decentralised data regime. The credibility of India’s data systems is under serious threat with the recent controversy over the employment data of the National Sample Survey. While the Census of India and the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) have a good reputation, when it comes to data related to the social sector — health, education, nutrition —...

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Still too many children out of school -Muchkund Dubey, Ashok Pankaj & Susmita Mitra

-The Hindu Data show that the proportion of these children is higher in rural areas and among SCs, STs and Muslims The official numbers of Out-of-school Children in India are either out of date or contradictory. According to the 2011 Census, the number of Out-of-school Children in the 5-17 age group was 8.4 crore. However, according to a survey commissioned in 2014 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the number of...

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Voice of the People -Dipti Nagpaul

-The Indian Express A community radio by women is helping preserve traditional knowledge and practices of nearly 200 villages in Telangana. The radio focusses on women’s issues, such as Out-of-school Children, health and nutrition, among others. There was plenty of entertainment on radio but nothing that represented the interests of the local Dalit farmer community in Medak district of Telangana. Poor and marginalised, the community — which survives on farming and wage...

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By making Aadhaar mandatory, Delhi's government schools are shutting their doors to migrant children -Shreya Roy Chowdhury

-Scroll.in Both children and their parents need the unique identity number to get admission, receive benefits under the education law. Along the Sagarpur nala (drain) near Uttam Nagar in West Delhi lives a community of grinding stone makers originally from Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh. They say they have lived in the row of shacks along the stormwater drain for over a decade now. But they have no documents to prove this. “No power...

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Census data reveals educational backwardness among the impaired

The education level among the disabled stands far below that of the general population. Latest data from the Census 2011 confirms this. It shows that only 54.5 percent of the disabled aged seven years or above could read and write with understanding. (Please see table 1). As per the Census 2011, the population of disabled in the country is 2.68 crore, out of which about 1.22 crore are illiterate and 1.46...

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