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Response to draft education policy

[Topics under debate]: GOOD GOVERNANCE
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Many of you will recall that some months ago, we resolved to write up
draft policy statements on specific topics. As a start, we wrote one up on
Education based on debates amongst IPI members at that time. This
statement, you may also recall, was aired on India Together. One of IT's
readers, Mr.Jitendra Shah, has some thoughts on the draft statement, these
are included at the end of this note. 

[Mr.Shah, I am cc'ing you in this note to the organization whose members
participated in the discussion that led to this draft. It is my belief
that those who debated the matter are not blind to realities; instead it
is their disgust with those same realities that has set them (us, I should
say) on this path. I am certain that members of IPI will be glad to
suitably amend the draft statement when your objections have been
discussed. I encourage you to visit the website of the IndiaPolicy
Institute (http://www.indiapolicy.org) and participate in the discussion
to make this possible.]

For those of us at IPI who have been party to the creation of this
document, this is an opportunity to address how we might react to
post-publication criticism of our ideas.

Kind regards, everyone, Mr.Shah's comments follow.



> The draft education policy is highly objectionable.
> It does not start with a necessary observation of the state of
> affairs. In particular the extent of involvment f the criminal
> elemnts in education, so called private education has been ignored.
> The looting by private/foreign universities has been ignored.The
> role of the Stae to ensure education has been denied by stating that
> the education must be private. As an activist in the educational
> front I have intimate knowledge of the scandals inprivate
> educational institutions. I hope those who have framed the draft
> policy not be blind to the realities.
> Jitendra Shah

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