Right to Education Act (2009): Critical evaluation and the cost estimation of mitigating shortfall in infrastructure with reference to West Bengal pp. 219-238
Authors: Arijit Das
Abstract: Education of children at the age group of 6-14 years is
facilitated in India through the Right to Education Bill form
2009. While the bill is a major step towards universal
elementary education in India, it has some serious
loopholes, which may violate the noble objective of the bill.
Beside that there exist is vast regional variation in terms of
availability of educational infrastructure in India. Hence, it
is very essential to estimate the shortfall in educational
infrastructure and the cost of mitigating the shortfall to
mobiles the required resources.
An exercise has been done in West Bengal considering the
blocks and delineating it into various categories of Muslim
concentrated areas. It has been found that the areas having
higher concentration of Muslim population are clearly
lagging in availability of educational infrastructure and
should be given priority in resource allocation to make the
education a true right in West Bengal.