Privatising Education in India and the Withdrawing Welfare State

Anuya Warty


Education is considered to be a defining factor in bringing about socio-economic changes. It is looked at as the panacea to vast range of problems such as poverty, unemployment, harmful and irrational practices and the like. In India, governments—both at the Centre and the States—claim to have worked over the years to improve the levels of literacy and to provide better education facilities to children in the country. With the changing trends though, the role of the State has got diluted and the focus is shifting towards private players in the sector.  The present paper traces the gradual withdrawal of the State and the emerging concerns regarding the education sector in India.

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