Educational and Social Uplift of Backward Classes: At What Cost and How ? Mandal Commission and After
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About the Book :
The book examines the key issues of the upliftment of the backward classes (particularly OBCs) in the context of: (1) Fundamental Rights and Provision for Reservation in the Constitution of India; (2) Kaka Kalelkar Report; (3) Mandal Commission Recommendations; (4) Present Government Policy on Reservations; (5) Critique of Government Policy; (6) Education as catalyst of change based on Indian Educational Documents right from the Kothari Commission Report (1964-66) to NPE Review Committee (1990). The focus of the book is on the indicators of facilities offered and those required, including provision of educational facilities as stipulated in the Kothari Report, two and a half decades ago. The book also provides complete list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) as notified by the Centre and States and also detailed Bibliographical Documentation (1947 to 1990, September end). The book should serve as a handy reference tool of related information for general readers as also for students, educators, politicians, social reformers, sociologists, researchers, historians and all those interested in the welfare of culturally, economically, educationally and socially backward classes.
About Author :
S.P. Agrawal (b. 1929) was Director, National Social Science Documentation Centre, ICSSR, and Member Secretary, Indian Association of Social Science Institutions. He was also the Vice-Chairman of the Asia and Pacific Information Network in Social Sciences (APINESS). In 1988 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Honoris Causa) by International University Foundation. Presently, he is Member, Round Table on Research in Reading, IFLA, and Member, International Committee for Social Science Information and Documentation. He is also Member of Board of Studies of National Archives of India and Hindi Advisory Committee, Ministry of Coal, Government of India. Born and brought up in the cradle of freedom movement which he joined at the tender age of twelve, he gained an insight into political problems and 'developed a sense of responsibility which bore fruit as an information scientist committed to Gandhiji's philosophy and action-plan in the field and its social concept. He. has written extensively on various aspects of education, Indian Polity and library and information science.
J.C. Aggarwal (b. 1928), has a varied experience in the field of education. He was Deputy Director of Education and Executive Director of Education and Executive Director of Delhi Bureau of Text Books under Delhi Administration. He has organised and attended any conferences, seminars and workshops in education. Shri Aggarwal has authored more than seventy books on various aspects of social sciences.