Urban Refugee: Educational Needs of the Dispersed

By Binny Kumari, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya and Saif Rasul Khan, Research Associate, LexQuest.

Meaning of the term urban refugee

The Geneva Convention on Refugees defines a refugee as, “a person who is outside their country of citizenship because they have well founded fear of prosecution because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, and is unable to obtain sanctuary from their home country or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail themselves of the protection of that country.”  In context of the term, urban refugee, there is no clear definition but it points to the changing trend of refugees making their ways to cities as against the traditional image of settling in refugee camps. (more…)

Should there be minimum educational qualifications for contesting elections in India?

By Akash Agarwal, Amity Law School, Noida.

In a recent case, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India stayed the New Haryana Panchayat Law i.e. Haryana Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Act, 2015, which prescribed the minimum educational and other qualifications for the candidates contesting  local body elections in Haryana which were scheduled to be held  on 4th October, 2015. The passing of the Act made a large hue and cry in the state, which ultimately led the people to knock the doors of the Apex Court, by filing a petition. (more…)

Indigenous Ranking Framework for Higher Education

By Anshika Juneja, Symbiosis Law College, Pune.

Higher Education is defined as, ‘education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially upto the degree level’. The government has unveiled an indigenous ranking framework for higher educational institutions that it believes will give Indian institutions a competitive platform free of any international bias. The Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry Tuesday unveiled a first-of-its-kind indigenous ranking framework for higher education institutions, in response to global rankings in which Indian universities and colleges usually do not fare too well. The framework is different from global rankings in that it will judge institutions based on country-specific parameters. (more…)

Unrecognised Schools: Are they really a problem?

By Siddhant Sharma, Amity Law School, Jaipur.

A school is deemed to be unrecognised when it does not fulfill the unrealistic infrastructure requirements and teacher salary scales that the government demands as a prerequisite for recognition. Such schools are unaided by the government but might get donations from private donors or organisations.[i]

These low cost private schools have serious implications on the right to education of low income families or poor families. (more…)