ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Population, Education and Development

This article focuses on the lacunae and limited understanding of the linkages between education, population and development. Data on this is important for realistic manpower and expenditure planning in the light of the Right to Education Act which aims to provide eight years of free and compulsory elementary education to all children between the ages of six and 14. Demographics related to how many children are in the population and those that will be born in the coming years are required in order to plan for the number who will need to be educated at different levels, the number of teachers needed at various stages of the education ladder and to be trained, the number and the type of infrastructural facilities needed and so on. Also, for sustainable development it is necessary to provide good quality education, including teaching employable skills.

This article is based on a talk I delivered on 10 December 2013 at Gujarat Vidyapeeth, under the auspices of Swapath Trust, based in Ahmedabad. I acknowledge with gratitude the encouragement of Rajesh Bhat to write it up for a wider audience.

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