More coaching less schooling

  IITs to release 50 years of solved JEE Question Papers!! India’s Human Resources Department (akin to Department of Education in US and elsewhere) made this decision after consultation with the IITs purportedly to combat the scourge of Kota coaching academies. This story popped up in my Facebook timeline and my friend Himanshu Nautiyal had this …

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John Cochrane’s Mooconomics

[Editor’s Note: After a long time, I’ve read a most EXCELLENT post on state of the state of moocs. The author is John Cochrane, professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He taught a Coursera course on asset pricing last fall and has written a comprehensive and lucid post – what he learnt …

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12 MOOC perspectives you may not have heard of

[Editor’s Note: There are some who consider educational institutions to be the best examples of social enterprises. I’m not one of them. The reason why I periodically share education perspectives on this blog is because I’m convinced that higher education (and high school education) is being disrupted right now. Whether it’s Khan Academy for middle …

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Is the no-frills traveling MBA program (CREAM) working?

[Editor’s Note: In the early days of this blog (circa Apr 2011), I wrote about  CREAM – a unique no frills traveling MBA program targeting rural and social entrepreneurs.  Last month, I had a chance meeting with CREAM Founder (Ranjeet Ranade). He told me that in the past two years, CREAM had gained considerable traction in …

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Annual State of Education Report (ASER) 2012

Pratham’s Annual State of Education Report (aka ASER) for 2012 is out. You’ll find it here. Odds are you have an allergy towards massive PDF documents or you are the quintessential procrastinator. So what’s a man to do? Well… you wait for the good Krupakar Manukonda to read the report and start tweeting. Update: he has started …

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Acara Summer Institute 2012 – Nine Impressive Teams (Part 2)

[Editor’s Note: In late Jun 2012, I attended the final presentations of nine teams that made it to Acara Summer Institute 2012. Each team had 7 minutes of presentation followed by 7 minutes of questions/feedback from 10-odd reviewers (including me). This is Part 2 of a two-part series (covering teams 5 through 9). Part 1 …

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A development economist’s journey to parallel social entrepreneur

[Editor’s Note: The publishing delay of this post is a deeply personal reminder on the need for an “editor” hat — even for a one-person blogging organization. A partial defense for why this post underwent a *10 month* gestation period can be found here. If you agree that I’ve indulged in adequate self-flagellation, I’ll move on …

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Dasra Social Impact: Executive Education for Cohort #7 of Social Entrepreneurs

Last month, we wrote about Chennai-based Villgro’s announcement of its new high-touch training program for social entrepreneurs. Dasra Social-Impact (DSI) is a grand daddy when it comes to “executive education for social entrepreneurs”. Six cohorts and 132 alumni later, DSI is now accepting applications for cohort #7. The application deadline is July 20, 2012 and, this time, looking to support 50 …

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Master of Social Entrepreneurship from Deshpande Education Trust

The Deshpande Education Trust (DET) feels that it isn’t doing enough to further the cause of social entrepreneurship in India. I’m so glad they felt that way. A week ago, DET announced the launch of its Master of Social Entrepreneurship program at its main campus in Hubli, Karnataka. It’s a two-year residential program affiliated with …

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