The Smart City Mission, despite the support from various ministries is lacking in several goals including pro-poor approach in addressing several issues including access to basic amenities.
The State alone can keep industries in check and pre-empt, prevent and mitigate harm to environment. The past decades however have been witness to the State itself being a part of the very activities it is supposed to restrict
India has witnessed a constant surge in the numbers of its urban population. Cities provide endless opportunities to citizens, but to make full use of them, providing equitable housing is imperative.
Migration has hardly been recognised as that which shapes social structures, cultures and history. Economic aspects and labour market discourse pervade migration studies as opposed to its roots in social theories.
Population becomes a cause for prosperity if humans utilise their capacity to think, research and create. When equipped with the right resources and opportunities, humans act as a catalyst for their own growth and development.
In recent years the focus on population control has shifted to other critical issues such as demographic dividend, which not only provides greater opportunities, but also throws up several challenges.
Private coaching market in India is presently estimated to be over 70 billion USD. With high individual spending and marked state wise disparity a concerted examination of this market is imperative.
By 2025, an unprecedented demographic transition will put India in a position where 64 per cent of its population will be of working age. Currently, the absence of a skilled workforce ails the economy. An overhaul of our education system is required to rectify the current flaws and to cater to the needs of a growing economy.
The National Policy on Education of 1968 and 1986 were framed with the objective to foster a national identity and kept in mind the social purpose of education. These features are conspicuously absent from the draft policy of 2016.
The Right to Education Act, 2009 was implemented in the light that education is an entitlement and not an act of charity. The Act includes the provision of a quota for disadvantaged sections in private, unaided schools. However, a near-decade later no meaningful progress has been achieved.