Category Archives: Education

Andre Beteille: A Right for Every Season

Fifty year after Independence, India’s record as shown by some of  basic social indicators of development is dismally poor. The spotlight is now on failures on the front for elementary education, and there has been much public recrimination. Educationists have … Continue reading

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The meritarian principle, Andre Beteille (2002)

Some time last winter, the Harvard sociologist, Nathan Glazer, drew my attention to a public statement against the meritarian principle which had appeared in one of our national dailies. Glazer was intrigued by a misprint and asked if I knew … Continue reading

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Beteen state and market : Andre Beteille

When the country became independent, people looked forward to a social transformation in India, and they expected the state to play a leading part in this transformation. Those who were placed at the helm of affairs were persons of great … Continue reading

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Andre Beteille on ‘Women reservation’

Dissension over the Bill for reservation of seats for women once again threw Parliament into turmoil. Dissension in Parliament is not new, but this time it appears that matters may not settle down very easily or very soon. It is … Continue reading

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Great individuals and great institutes : Andre Beteille

by Andre Beteille : Original article appeared under different title There is a stir in Calcutta now over regenerating Presidency College and reconstituting it in such a way that it can function at a higher level than it did even … Continue reading

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Viable universities : Andre Beteille

Author : Andre Beteille, The Telegraph; April 22, 2010 The universities cannot continue to be viable if they are set contradictory objectives. In the typical case, the Indian university is expected to produce hundreds of thousands of graduates every year, … Continue reading

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