NIAS Wednesday Discussion: “Sociology of Right to Education: A Dynamic View through Northeast India” by Jeebanlata Salam, Lecture Hall, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Topic: “Sociology of Right to Education: A Dynamic View through Northeast India”

Speaker:  Jeebanlata Salam

Assistant Professor, Education Programme, NIAS    


Chairperson: Anitha Kurup

Professor & Dean, School of Social Sciences, NIAS  

Date: 2nd November, 2016

Time: 9.30 am

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


Abstract: With the passing of the 86th amendment to the Constitution of India, elementary education has been shifted from being present in the directive principles of state policy to fundamental right. Despite its noble intention, this however poses huge challenges since making education a fundamental right requires various disadvantaged groups to be empowered in enabling to exercise their rights as right bearers. Furthermore, when education is made fundamental right, ideally, education becomes a justiceable right wherein one’s educational right is to be interpreted in light of other rights, including right to life. This foregrounds that realizing the goal of educational right for all children goes well beyond education policies and projects alone. Realising the goal of RTE thus remains profoundly challenging, carrying heavy consequences for children experiencing diverse forms of social exclusion in the form of silent and loud emergencies. Through sociological imagination, the present paper attempts to grasp  rigorous interconnectedness of the complex patterns of social exclusion  and  educational deprivation of children by sharing both field experience and chronicles of decades old violent eruptions that have  destroyed educational and learning opportunity for children living in India’s Northeast.  


About the Speaker: Dr. Jeebanlata Salam is an Assistant Professor, Education Programme, School of Social Sciences, NIAS.  Prior to joining NIAS, she taught sociology at Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She has several research publications to her credit.



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Wednesday, November 2, 2016