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Vision 2020: Charting future of education

The Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) organised an interactive session on The Challenges for Primary and Secondary Education at PHD House, New Delhi.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 17:16 IST

The Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI) organised an interactive session on The Challenges for Primary and Secondary Education at PHD House, New Delhi, on Thursday.

The session highlighted the status of education in India in all respects. Upholding the society’s theme for 2006, Revisit to Indian Education - Vision 2020, the session featured reports by eminent panellists on the various aspects of education in India.

The panellists included eminent educationists and representatives from the government and industry. Prof A K Sharma, former director, NCERT, emphasised that the theme was not only to identify areas of concern to be taken up with policymakers, but also to formulate practical strategies as possible solutions to those problems.

Sushma Berlia identified some of these areas of concern - retention and dropout rates in government schools, greater public- private partnership in the education sector, optimisation of resources and the development of vocational training as both addition and alternative to mainstream education in our country.

Prof Thakur from the NCTE, and Renu Mittal, Director, DPS, provided their perspectives on the professionalisation of teacher training. Prof Mukhopadhyay spoke about the universalisation of elementary education in India.