The Peoples' Institute for Re-thinking Education and Development

Doing more of the same is not the solution. 
A national level mandate exists for Radical Changes in Education

"In fact, what is needed is a revolution in education which in turn will set in motion the much desired social, economic and cultural revolution." 
Report of the Education (Kothari) Commission (1964-66)

"There are moments in history when a new direction has to be given to an age-old process." 
Introduction to National Policy on Education (1986)

"Education in India stands at a cross-roads today. Neither normal linear expansion nor the existing pace and nature of improvement can meet the needs of the situation. In the Indian way of thinking, a human being is a positive asset and a precious national resource which needs to be cherished, nurtured and developed with tenderness and care, coupled with dynamism. Each individual's growth presents a different range of problems and requirements, at every stage - from womb to the tomb. The catalytic action of education in this complex and dynamic growth process needs to be planned meticulously and executed with great sensitivity." 
National Policy on Education (1986)

"The existing schism between the formal system of education and the country's rich and varied cultural traditions needs to be bridged." 
National Policy on Education (1986)

"One fundamental reason for failure has been that while we go on making radical protestations, our education to this day continues to be governed by the same assumptions, goals and values that governed it in the days of the British Raj. It is clear that the present system of education, in terms of education for the people, has outlived its utility, whatever it ever had. But before we have a new pattern of education we must have a new model of development." 
Preface to NPE 1986 Review (Ramamurti) Committee (1990)

"Our Committee was concerned with one major flaw of our system of education. This flaw can be identified briefly by saying that 'a lot is taught but little is learnt or understood. It would be correct to say that this neglect of understanding has gone so far and deep in our education system that a child can pass almost any examination without any understanding of the phenomena she has been told about in books or in the classroom."
Report of the National Advisory (Yashpal) Committee on Learning Without Burden (1992-93)

"We believe that these problems [of the 'knowledge explosion' and the 'catching up syndrome' in our current system of education] cannot be fully addressed through easily manageable administrative actions. They need wider discussions because they are centrally connected with images of our civilization, self-esteem and societal goals." 
Report of the National Advisory (Yashpal) Committee on Learning Without Burden (1992-93)

"As things stand, teaching methods are mercilessly stultifying, and it is a miracle that children survive them without entirely losing their creative abilities and independence of mind. The need for radical pedagogical change, however, applies throughout the schooling system (even in privileged urban schools), and not to deprived children alone." 
Public Report on Basic Education (PROBE) in India (1999)

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