Book Launch and New Concept

On 21st February, an old friend and colleague Dr. Manisha Priyam launched her book: Contested Politics of Educational Reform: aligning opportunities with interests. The book was launched in Teen Murti House and was attended by many luminaries, including academicians from NUEPA, and the London School of Economics.

Cover of the Book

New Concept was also invited and we were proud that our organisation’s contribution to the book has been acknowledged by the author. New Concept teams in Andhra Pradesh and Bihar provided primary data from these two states in 2005-06, through interviews and focus group discussions. Mention is also made of 2002 policy study on Grant-in-aid schools in Kerala that New Concept was engaged in.

Tim Dyson, Professor, Department of International development (LSE) states: “this is a ground breaking study…involving painstaking documentary and field research. The book contains crucial lessons for both the formulation and implementation of educational policy”.

About the Author: Manisha Priyam teaches Education Policy at the National University Education Planning & Administration, New Delhi. She is a doctorate from LSE, and has worked on various education projects of the government of India and with the World Bank. She is a regular political commentator in the electronic media on issues of development policy and politics.

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