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Semester and Year Offered: Semester I (Monsoon Semester 2019)
Course Coordinator and Team: Dr.Gunjan Sharma
Email of course coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Aim: The purpose of the course is to familiarise the beginning students of education with the institutions, systems and structures of education (especially in relation to school education) in contemporary India. The course has been structured around selected themes which would help in developing a basic familiarity with the educational set-up in India. These themes focus on areas like ecosystem of education in India, the constitutional and legal framework for education; levels of education; centrally sponsored schemes; and recent educational reforms. The primary objectives of the course are – to familiarise the students with vocabulary and category names frequently used in educational contexts, and initiating thinking about how the educational systems work. The course will be transacted through presentations, survey of relevant documents and cases, discussions and guest lectures/interactions with people working in the area of education.
By the end of this course the students will be able to:
Brief description of modules:
The 2 credit course will be spread over the first semester for 2 hours every week devoted to specific themes transacted through lectures/presentations, discussions and survey of documents. These themes include:
A tentative semester calendar for the course (may change as per the needs of the course /holidays etc.):
Constitutional provisions for education (focus on Right to Education)
Constitutional provisions, legal cases, debates, reading and discussing selected portions of the RtE Act in classroom and sign-posting the areas of debates.
Week 1 and 2
Centrally Sponsored Schemes in Education
Concept, origin, funding pattern, and issues:
DPEP, SSA and Midday Meal (and other new and proposed schemes like RMSA, Teacher Education)
Week 3 and 4
Assessment 1: A short essay on school system in India (Mid-September)
Levels of education:
Structure, Schemes, agencies, roles, policies: ECCE, higher education, and teacher education.
Key debates/Challenges: Highlighting the gaps/ problematic/ surveying select relevant resources in classroom.
Week 6 and 7
Week 1: Educational reforms and recent shifts:
- Introducing the context of reforms (equity and quality): Survey of relevant documents (PROBE Report, ASER Reports, India Exclusion Report, Naik (1979), DISE Flash Statistics)
- The curricular reforms: Survey of relevant documents and discussions (NPE 1986, Yashpal Committee Report 1993, NCF 2000, NCF 2005)
- The work of civil society and non-governmental organizations in education
Tying-up: Ecosystem of education in India
Ecosystem of education: What comprises the immediate environment of education in India? (Mapping the institutional categories, roles, relational context, stakeholders, participation, problems, etc.): The topic would be transacted primarily through discussions.
Assessment 2: Take-home
Assessment Details with weights:
Suggested reference resources:
Reports and documents: