Kiran Bhatty is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research currently working on issues of institutional functioning in elementary education. She coordinates the PAGE (Public Accountability and Governance in Education) project at CPR, which is aimed at developing systems of transparency, accountability and community monitoring in education, through action research. She is also the founder-coordinator of The Forum for Deliberations in Education (The Forum) – a collaborative initiative that conducts a monthly seminar series on education.
Prior to joining CPR, she was the National Coordinator for the Right to Education Act (RTE) at the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), mandated to monitor the RTE. She has also worked as an Education specialist at UNICEF and on several research projects such as the PROBE report on Basic Education and the FOCUS report on early childhood care.
She has been a member of several National Committees such as the Advisory Committee for Data and Management Systems at the National University for Education Planning and Administration (NUEPA); the Bordia Committee that drafted the guidelines for merging Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) with RTE; the Committee for finalising SSA norms under RTE; and chair of the special group set up for drafting guidelines for school social audits.
She has a Masters degree in Economics and an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, UK.
New Education Policy: Addressing institutional concerns
22 Dec 2015
Failure of education policy has been attributed, at least in part, to implementation issues. In this article, Kiran Bhatty, Senior Fellow at the Center for Policy Research, contends that the poor state of institutional capacity in education, especially at the lower levels of administration, does not receive sufficient attention. The New Education Policy should include a plan for institutional reforms as these are critical for successful implementation of policies and programmes.
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