Mr. Jandhyala B.G. Tilak is Professor at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi. In his recent editorial in one of our leading newspapers, he provides an excellent analysis of the literacy scene in India, the reasons for school dropouts, the reach of programs such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, and the reality of our education system.

He concludes asking,

When virtually every petroleum outlet in the country, including many in the remote rural areas, could be modernised to international standards, why cannot every primary school be made to match international standards? Operation Blackboard launched after 1986 might have provided basic minimum facilities in most schools, but it has not made schools sufficiently functional and attractive. We may need another such programme to equip schools with beyond the basic minimum level of facilities.

A wonderful article, that raises a lot of interesting questions. Read the article in its entirety here.