Advocating for Students’ Safety - NISA meets with the Ministry of Human Resource Development
On 19th February, representatives from the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) met with the Ministry of Human Resource Development to discuss guidelines to secure accountability from school management in the matter of student safety. As the principal voice of BPS in India, the NISA delegation made a strong case for consulting stakeholders in preparing safety guidelines so that feasible and implementable solutions can be designed to ensure student safety in schools. The meeting was chaired by Ms Reena Ray, Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development and attended by other co-petitioners.
Baithak: Conversations on India’s job crisis
On 13th February we conducted Baithak, our monthly policy dialogue at IIT Madras. Dr Parth Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society, facilitated the discussion addressing India’s job crisis, equating it to an enduring ‘entrepreneurship crisis’. Dr Shah also highlighted the role of poor quality of school and higher education, and the un-ease of doing business in India, in exacerbating the country’s job crisis.
Schools in Haryana Rally for the Shiksha Bachao Andolan
The Haryana State Association of the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) and the Haryana Federation of Private Schools Welfare Association organised the ‘Shiksha Bachao Andolan’ (Save Education Rally) in Ambala on 23rd February. More than 10,000 budget private schools’ (BPS) leaders and teachers gathered to protest against enduring policy prejudices that discriminate against BPS in India.
Parliamentarians’ Roundtable on Education Policy Reforms
The National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) organised a policy roundtable for parliamentarians on education policy reforms on 7th February at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. Moderated by Professor Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Chair of Education and International Development, University College London, seven Members of Parliament from the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, and Madhya Pradesh participated in the roundtable. The roundtable addressed the relevance of Direct Benefit Transfers (DBT) in education financing, policy frameworks for ensuring student safety in schools and the need for the separate policy for budget private schools (BPS) taking into account the distinct conditions and challenges with which they operate.
Alumni Brunch: Nurturing Our Champions
We hosted an alumni brunch at Lodhi Gardens, New Delhi on 24th February. 13 alumni participated in the brunch - sharing and learning, with a vibrant discussion on contemporary affairs, the possibilities of liberalism in India and their own trajectories furthering the ideas of freedom. The alumni brunch is an initiative aimed at bringing together recent and past alumni to encourage dialogue and build a community of committed champions furthering the ideas of freedom in India.