Educational Aspiration of Primary School Child

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FIELDWORK SEGMENT (PRM 2010-12)

THEME PAPER

EDUCATIONAL ASPIRATIONS IN RURAL INDIA
A COMPARATIVE STUDY ACROSS STATES

Guide: Prof. S.N.Biswas

Submitted by:

Abhijeet Jha
Kamal Deep Antil
Laxmidhar Sundara
Remya TP
Vaibhav Gupta

INSTITUTE OF RURAL MANAGEMENT ANAND
2010
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We would like to express our sincere thanks towards all those people who have helped us in our theme report with their invaluable suggestions from time to time. We would like to thank our theme guide Prof. S. N. Biswas for guiding us all the way and providing useful inputs from time to time. Without his guidance and sincere efforts alongside us, this report would not have seen light of the day. We would also like to thanks the govt. agencies in our respective states and at village level for providing us with the data required for the report and cooperating with us. Finally last but not the least, all the parents, teachers and the primary level students who helped us with our interviews and questionnaires by providing us the information have contributed in an inexpressible way in the completion of this report and letting us get a comparative analysis of the primary education system and factors affecting them across states.

Abhijeet Jha
Kamal Deep Antil
Laxmidhar Sundara
Remya TP
Vaibhav Gupta

INDEX
1. Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………….. 2. Objectives………………………………………………………………………………………. 3. Status of primary education in India……………………………………………………………
3.1 Govt. schemes…………………………………………………………………………….
3.2 Literacy level…………………………………………………………………………….. 4. Methods of study………………………………………………………………………………. 5. Challenges faced……………………………………………………………………………….. 6. State wise data…………………………………………………………………………………..

6.1 Bihar……………………………………………………………………………………..
6.2 Odisha……………………………………………………………………………………
6.3 Haryana………………………………………………………………………………….
6.4 Kerala…………………………………………………………………………………….
6.5 Uttarakhand………………………………………………………………………………

1. INTRODUCTION
The topic Educational aspirations of rural India deals with studying the aspirations of the rural children and trying to focus on the various factors that affect the aspirations of the children in some way or the other. Five of us had gone to five different states in India with the aim of studying the aspirations of the rural children of that region and then trying to find out the factors that really contribute towards them. The reason for selecting this particular topic was that we were given a choice of our own to explore any field we want. We were all interested in knowing more about the rural youths and their aspirations. To try to know what is the difference between the kids from a rural India and since we some of us had lived and had our education in rural India we wanted to go back and explore the changes that have come in the society if any. Our curiousness towards the education system and to know where the future of India sees itself made us choose this topic. Initially we all were thinking individually on the topic but once we knew about our similar interest, we tried coming up with a topic in the field that excites us all and finally we chose this topic. Also one more reason for choosing this topic was that few of us were going to really backward states and some of us were going to the states with the best educational services. So in a way we were getting the opportunity to study across states and come up with our findings of the reasons of particular aspirations in particular regions and how these are affected in different societies. The topic in our view holds quite an importance in today’s time as learning about the primary kids of the rural India gives us a glimpse into what the future might hold in for them and also for the nation. Since children of today are the future of tomorrow so knowing their aspirations, factors affecting them can certainly help in making changes that can lead the society and the...
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