Draconian Static Survey Projects hindering the development of our Educational System

Surveys play a major role in steering the destiny of a nation. Gathering data about the current situation is not only necessary for formulating policies but also as a motivating factor to garner focus on the required goals.
By the help of Survey data, we can measure our efforts and improve ourselves.

In India, we have the "All India Educational Survey" operational since 1957. The Eighth Report is due. It takes them ten years to come out with a report.
Site: http://aises.nic.in/home 




A few years ago, a new Survey project "All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE)" was instituted for Higher Education as well. Yes, it took the Government, 60 years to think about surveying data related to Higher Education Level.
Site: http://aishe.nic.in/aishe/home

 
The first question that pops up, is why did they take so long to start collecting such all-important data? Were they waiting for the garbage crows to fly upside down? And secondly, why do they take so much time to collect data for each report, ten years is a long time? By the time, the survey data is out, a high school child could have bore a child.

History:
Article 45 was the first effort towards improving the Educational system in Independent India.
Article 45 in The Constitution Of India 1949 states:
45. Provision for free and compulsory education for children The State shall endeavour to provide, within a period of ten years from the commencement of this Constitution, for free and compulsory education for all children until they complete the age of fourteen years.

To take the first step towards correcting the educational problems in the country, it took the Indian government ten years to come out with the first collection of  data about the regions of India that lacked schools, to identify their population, the transportation means and level of education.



The All India Educational Survey AIES, first conducted in 1957. Since then 6 more surveys were conducted. The next survey with its date of reference on 30th September 2009 is still due. Now the important question here is, are these surveys always late, do they follow draconian methods? How do they provide us real time data on the current situation in the country?



Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) instituted the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) a couple of years ago with reference date of 30th September, 2010 to build a database to assess the current picture of higher Education in the country.

Private NGOs
We have ASER, which is the largest NGO household survey undertaken in rural parts of India. It is an intiative by the Pratham Education Foundation. But this seems to be a pro-American Channel, so we really must question its findings as well. Every country including the USA has its own vested interests.
Site: http://www.asercentre.org/


Foreign based Educational Survey

The other index for measurement is PISA index which is conducted by the OECD.
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an international survey conducted everythree years aimed at evaluating the education systems worldwide by examining the knowledge and skills of 15-year-old students. The most recent published report was made in 2012.
Site: http://www.oecd.org/pisa/ 


Sadly, PISA is conducted by the high HDI Propaganda Nations and can be used negatively to put down the developing countries psychologically. India had fared extremely poor in the previous PISA survey of 2009, they achieved second last in the 73 countries that participated that year. The government cited socio-cultural differences in the PISA examination process.

India backed out from 2013 and this year 2015 as well.

Conclusions:
So we are in a state of disarray. We need some real soul searching. Looking forward to hearing from the best educationists and researchers in the country.

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