Education and Skills for the 21st Century

India needs a cohesive educational policy for both primary education and higher learning, each fraught with their own set of challenges. ASER data has shown that despite an increase in privatisation, there has been no significant increase in learning outcomes. Instead, efforts at strengthening the institutional linkages of primary learning are required. On the other hand, there is a troublesome attempt to demolish any and all credibility of institutions of higher learning that have built themselves as centres of reputable teaching and research after years of effort. In institutes like ICHR, FTII and NMML for example, the tactic employed has been politically charged nepotism through the insertion of proxy heads. Government action has rendered universities into political battlegrounds and this is likely to hurt not just the students but also these important institutions.

AIPC Position

  • The AIPC will focus on youth capacity building, education, leadership and development.
  • The AIPC will emphasize and support affordable and quality education. We will keep education at the very top of our development agenda.
  • Education is the backbone of human development and is vital to ensuring equitable social, political and economic opportunities for all citizens.
  • The AIPC believes that it is necessary to focus on improving the quality of education- we will move from “Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan” to “Shreshth Shiksha Abhiyan.”
  • We need to ensure quality learning outcomes, adequate infrastructure and facilities in schools, regular teacher training and an optimal Pupil Teacher Ratio.
  • AIPC will also advocate the need to ensure quality in teacher training by making suitable investments and amendments to regulations, wherever required.
  • The AIPC will help establish an independent regulatory mechanism to oversee State and private institutions to ensure quality standards.
  • We will support regional and context specific curricula as well as focus on developing life skills including leadership development.
  • We are committed to the cause of special education. We will lobby for strengthening facilities for children with special needs and disabilities.
  • The AIPC will explore possible partnerships with the private sector in the delivery of education. New Public Private Partnership could be developed as ideas for further government action.