Book on Indian school education reforms by Takshashila alumnus Karthik Dinne

UnpackED-The black book on the Indian school education reform

By Karthik Dinne
Forward by Parth Shah, Centre for Civil Society
Afterword by Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, Founder, Loksatta Party

Centre for Civil Society
ISBN- 9788187984252
Genre-History and Politics
INR 249/-

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About the author:

Karthik Dinne is a public policy enthusiast, specifically interested in education and governance. He has worked with several organizations focusing on public policy and advocacy. Karthik is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He blogs at He is also an alumnus of the pioneer batch of Takshashila’s Graduate Certificate in Public Policy programme.

About the Book:

‘UnpackED – The black box of Indian school education reform’ is a one stop source to get a comprehensive perspective of issues in school education. It is highly recommended to those who are looking to understand nuances of such issues further.

Learning assessments in mid 2000s brought visibility to the poor learning levels in India. The pursuing discourse points to a wide range of aspects as the core reason for the poor state of education – inappropriate curriculum, lack of teacher training etc.

UnpackED synthesizes lessons from the reform initiatives till now and borrows from the literature on their effects, to probe such hypothesis and argues that weak state capacity is the ‘critical constraint’, the root cause. It further argues that all other cited reasons for poor state of education are symptoms of the deeper malaise while highlighting the implications of weak state capacity.

UnpackED elucidates that approaching reform in form of new schemes or scaling up innovations generally tends to hit a dead-end because they necessarily don’t address the underlying issue of weak state capacity.

UnpackED has separate sections on widely debated themes in education-assessments, decentralization, incentives, private schools, and vouchers, where literature on these aspects is summarized and commentary is provided on their applicability to Indian context.

Finally, based on all these arguments, the book proposes a framework for public school education reform, with enhancing state capacity as the anchor. It also identifies constraints to achieve quality in private schools and proposes reform framework for the same.

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