Economics of Elementary Education in India by Ajit Kumar Singh
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Economics of Elementary Education in India
By Ajit Kumar Singh

The Economics of Elementary Education in India

The Challenge of Public Finance, Private Provision and Household Costs

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Economics of Elementary Education in India by Ajit Kumar Singh

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This volume discusses key aspects of the economics of the elementary education system in the poorer and educationally backward states of India, while also examining one high-achiever state--Tamil Nadu. Providing the first state-by-state analysis of major cost and financing issues, the book is based on data gathered from one of the most comprehensive surveys conducted in recent times in these states, which was specifically commissioned for this book. The survey covered 120,000 households and a thousand schools spread over 91 districts in eight states. Written by leading educational economists, the original essays in this volume - analyse the major cost and financing issues in elementary schooling in seven of the eight states surveyed--Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal; - identify recent initiatives made by the governments of these seven states; - systematically scrutinise the pattern of the public spending in elementary education; - examine enrolment in government schools and the quality of education that they impart; - study household expenditure on schooling--the costs to parents of sending children to school; and - compare government schools with private schools, showing how the private sector has began to take over the what should be the responsibility of the government, particularly in the poorer states.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761934196
ISBN-10: 0761934197
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 328
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ajit Kumar Singh

Dr Santosh Mehrotra is currently Professor of Economics, Centre for Informal Sector and Labour Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prior to this, he was the Director General of Institute of Applied Manpower Research, New Delhi, the only research institute of the Planning Commission, Government of India. He was first Head of Rural Development Division, and then Head, Development Policy Division, Planning Commission, from 2006 to 2009. He was one of the authors of India's 11th Five-Year Plan (2007-12) and of the 12th Plan, and also led the team on the India Human Development Report 2011. Dr Mehrotra held a three-year appointment at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Bath, UK, as Parkin Visiting Professor (2010-13). He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and UNICEF too. He is a human development economist, and his research interests have spanned industry and trade issues, the impact of macroeconomic policy on health and education, the informal sector, and the economics of health and education. His books include Asian Informal Workers: Global Risks, Local Protection (2007, co-edited); Eliminating Human Poverty: Macro-economic Policies for Equitable Growth (2007, co-authored); The Economics of Elementary Education in India (2006, edited); Universalizing Elementary Education in India: Uncaging the Tiger Economy (2005, co-authored); Development with a Human Face: Experiences in Social Achievement and Economic Growth (1997, co-edited, translated into French); and India and the Soviet Union: Trade and Technology Transfer (1990). His latest books are: Seizing the Demographic Dividend: Polices to Achieve Inclusive Growth in India; India's Skills Challenge: Reforming Vocational Education and Training; and Land Policies for Equity and Growth: Transforming the Agarian Structure in Uttar Pradesh. The current book is the third by Dr Mehrotra for SAGE publications.

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