Wednesday, September 23, 2009

India to explore PPP mode for education

In a clear move to promote public-private partnership (PPP) in school education, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has set up a roundtable consisting of educationists and representatives of the private sector. Though the mandate of the 11-member roundtable, which will hold its first meeting on September 25, is to suggest ways in which school education can be revamped, sources said, “The ministry wants a synergy between government and private sector. There are big plans in school education and such a roundtable will help thrash out issues.” The ministry has already proposed the setting up of 6,000 model schools out of which 2,500 will come up in the PPP mode.

The roundtable consists of Arun Kapur, Director, Vasant Valley School; Rakesh Bharti Mittal, Bharti Foundation; Devi Kar, Principal, Modern High School, Kolkata; Anita Rampal, Central Institute of Education, Delhi University; Harpal Singh, Fortis; Manju Bharatram, Chairman, Shriram Schools; Harsh Sethi, Consulting Editor, Seminar; Anil Bordia, former Education Secretary, Government of India; Krishna Kumar, Director, NCERT; Cyrus Vakil, Director, Mahindra United World College of India, Pune; and Sailesh Shirali, former Principal, Rishi Valley School.

Though most of the members said they would comment only after the first meeting, Ms. Manju Bharatram said, “I would like certain issues to be clarified. There are certain questions about the Right to Education (RTE) law and public-private partnership.” She said as far as inclusive education was concerned there are three ministries — HRD, labour and social justice — involved in various aspects of vocational education. “Should it not come under one ministry?” she asked.

In case of RTE, she said private schools would like to be involved in the framing of rules. In general, she said, there is a need to change many laws that govern running of schools in the country. In case of Delhi, she said, rules were made in 1973. “A more flexible environment is needed be it in curriculum or school administration,” she said.

Source: The Times of India (This news item is by Akshaya Mukul)

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