NIAS Wednesday Discussion: "Whose Right To Education (RTE) Is It Any Way?" by Malavika Kapur, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 0930 hrs

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


“Whose Right To Education (RTE) Is It Any Way?”



Malavika Kapur

Visiting Professor, School of Humanities, NIAS


Chairperson: Shalini Dixit, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, NIAS, .        


31st May, 2017, 9.30 AM, Lecture Hall, NIAS

Abstract: The Right to Education (RTE) bill (2009) is a bold policy move in the right direction, despite the enormous problems encountered in its translation into reality.  The reasons for these failures theoretically, logistically, economically and programmatically have been discussed thread bare, by the experts, media and the lay public alike. The presentation introduces an innovative solution to the so far neglected yet crucial problem of how to make the “misfit” children fit into the so called good school.  Admission to good school alone is not a solution. As long as we do not offer satisfactory solution to this question, there will be acrimonious debates on the non-feasibility of implementation on a large scale across the nation. The focus of the presentation is of an experiential account of empowering the children admitted under the provision of RTE, to make a seamless and confident entry into a new socio economic cultural school milieu. 

About the Speaker: Prof Malavika Kapur is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.  Earlier she was the Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Psychology at the National Institute of Mental   Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore. She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Bangalore University and has sixteen books and over 100 publications to her credit. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, the Indian Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the National Academy of Psychology. She has been a consultant for organizations such as the WHO, UGC, NCERT, NIPCCD, ICMR and ICSSR. She has been twice awarded the scholar in residency at the Study and Conference centre, at Bellagio in Italy, by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Her areas of interest are Developmental Psychology, Community Mental Health Programmes for Children and Adolescents in Urban and Rural Schools, Primary Health Care and Anganawadi workers and Development of Assessment Tools and Intervention Packages for Children and Adolescents in the Indian Context. Her main contribution is her work of developing integrated models of mental health service delivery for children and adolescents. Her work is embedded in the cultural context as revealed in her Study of Child Care in Ancient India based on Ayurveda and other Indigenous Health Systems. Her other interests are fiction writing and trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas.


All are cordially invited

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For further info, please contact Sangeetha Menon [ or] and D. Suba Chandran [], Coordinators of NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings, and NIAS Discussion Reports.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017