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Max Weber Foundation Transnational Research Group - India

“Poverty Reduction and Policy for the Poor between the State and Private Actors: Education Policy in India since the Nineteenth Century”


(Picture courtesy Neelambari Phalkey)

Despite the breakneck pace of its economic development, India remains the country with the largest number of poor worldwide. The Transnational Research Group (TRG) focuses on one aspect of poverty reduction and policy for the poor in particular: education and schools policy as well as vocational training. Like the provision of food, housing and health services, access to education is a central subject of concern in all policies aimed at the reduction of poverty. The present rapid changes in the educational systems and the emergence of global private companies in this field make this an innovative topic for interdisciplinary research linking historical experience and present developments in India, Europe and in other parts of the world. The TRG has brought together various research traditions and perspectives in this field and will contribute to a fruitful exchange between history, educational and social sciences in the three countries involved, but also worldwide. While concentrating primarily on India, the TRG also encourages comparative research and will draw on the expertise of colleagues working on similar topics in other areas of the world through conferences and visiting fellowships.

The Transnational Research Group is funded by the Max Weber Foundation - German Humanities Institutes Abroad

(Picture courtesy Neelambari Phalkey)