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Lecture on 'Education in India- Challenges and Policy Responses'

Event Name (Full/Detailed): 
National Education Day Celebrations

National Education Day is an annual observance in India to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India. National Education Day of India is celebrated on 11 November every year. The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay is organising a lecture as part of celebration of National Education Day on November 11, 2019. The details of the lecture are given below: 

Speaker: Prof. Jandhyala B G Tilak, Former Professor & Vice Chancellor, NUEPA, ICSSR National Fellow & Distinguished Professor, Council For Social Development, New Delhi

Title: Education in India - Challenges and Policy Responses

Abstract : There has been an impressive progress in education in India during the post-independence period in terms of quantitative explosion, improvement in equity and quality in education. But the system also faces daunting challenges. The most recent Draft of National Education Policy 2019, addresses some of the critical challenges. The Committee underlines that the system requires major overhaul, comprehensive reforms need to be attempted, and piece-meal/quick fix solutions will not work. Some recommendations of the Committee are path-breaking, many deserve applause, some unacceptable and quite a few require rethinking. Some are too damaging the system, some do not recognise our and others’ contemporary and historical experience, and many require serious deliberations. Since education is a long term activity with serious long term implications for the future of the nation, a long term vision, rather than short term compulsions, should guide the formulation of a national education policy. The lecture presents a critical appraisal of the recommendations made in this 2019 Committee Report. 

About the Speaker: Prof. Jandhyala B G Tilak holds MA in Economics (Gold medalist) from Andhra University and Ph.D. (Economics (of Education) from Delhi School of Economics. Dr Tilak taught, besides in the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, University of Delhi, the Indian Institute of Education, and as a Visiting Professor, at Centre for International Cooperation in Education, Hiroshima University, Virginia University, and Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning. Prof. Tilak was also on the research staff of the World Bank, and has been a consultant to many national and international bodies.

Prof Tilak has authored/ edited over twenty books and about 300 papers in the area of economics of education and development studies. His latest books include ‘Higher Education, Public Good and Markets’ (Routledge, 2018), ‘Dilemmas in Reforming Higher Education in India’ (Orient Black Swan 2018), ‘Education and Development’ (Academic Foundation 2018), and ‘Education and Development in India: Critical Issues in Public Policy’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Other major works include ‘Trade in Higher Education. The Role of the General Agreement of Trade in Services (GATS)’ (Paris: UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning 2011), etc.

Prof Tilak served as the Editor of Journal of Educational Planning and Administration for 27 years and is on the editorial board of several professional journals. He also served as the President of the Comparative Education Society of India, and is on the Board of Comparative Education Society of Asia. Dr Tilak served on several committees on education and related issues constituted by the Government of India, UGC, Planning Commission, State Governments in India (Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala etc.), and many other national and international bodies.

In recognition of his contributions, Prof. Tilak has been felicitated with many awards and honours such as the prestigious Swami Pranavananda Saraswati National Award of the UGC in Education for his outstanding scholarly research (1999), Dr. Malcolm Adiseshiah Award for distinguished research contributions to development studies (2003), Inspirational Teacher of the Year Global Education Award 2012, and Devang Mehta Award for outstanding conurbations to education (2015). Among many other honours, he had the privilege of delivering a keynote address in a meeting of the Noble laureates in Barcelona in 2005.


Event Date: 
11 November 2019 - 2:30pm
Room No. 22, Second Floor, Victor Menezes Convention Centre (VMCC)
IIT Bombay, Powai