The chimera of a citizen-centric bureaucracy

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The Indian bureaucracy is burdened with processes, rules, regulations. Government officials are busy following these. Where is the space and time to put citizens at the centre of their functioning? And are citizens themselves willing to take responsibility for the functioning of a system they view with distrust? S. Geetha Krishna, Programme Officer at PRIA, […]

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Governance of Higher Education

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I have visited universities in Raipur, Bhopal, Lucknow and Mysore in the past couple of months. I have interacted with students, faculty and administrators in these institutions of higher education. Given the admission season and start of the new term, I have found excitement and hope amongst new entrants—youthful students, mostly girls. I have encountered […]

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CLTS in Village Anghla, Lakhanpur block, Sarguja district, Chhattisgarh

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We visited village Anghla, Lakhanpur Block of Sarguja District. The event planned was CLTS/ Mass Awareness Campaign. The villagers assembled in the gram Sabha office. There were about 50 community women. The meeting was also attended by the Sarpanch and the engineer for SBM. The meeting started with introduction. Abhishek Kumar was the facilitator with […]

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Learning to Read the World

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Today is International Literacy Day—September 8. UNESCO has defined the theme for 2015 celebrations of International Literacy Day as “Literacy and Sustainable Societies”. Like every previous year, ‘main global celebrations’ would be taking place today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. It is hard to believe that nearly one billion people (one in every sixth citizen) […]

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