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Archilogics Webinars on “Understanding Government School Systems in India”

Date and TimeWednesday, 6th January 2021 at 17:00 - 18:30
Faculty AttendeesProf. Smita Dalvi, Prof. Kavita Pradhan, Prof. Shubhangi Bhide,
Prof. Sarojini Lohot, Prof. Jinu Kurien
ModeratorNeha Korde
Student Attendees82

As a part of AD Studio 5 for Third academic year – Sem 6, we invited Parth Sarwate – Educational consultant working Municipal framework since 18 years, as our fourth guest under ArchiLogics Lecture series – an initiative by PiCA 2020-21.

About Mr. Parth Sarwate:
Parth Sarwate currently works with Sannam S4, an educational consulting firm, as the Principal Adviser to the University of Southern California (USC). Parth has been working in the education and the development sector over the last 18 years and previously was the Group Head – CSR at RPG Foundation working in areas of Education change, Eye Health Care, Women Empowerment and Employability Enhancement. He has a deep interest in educational reform, people development and social change.

Parth has a Masters’ degree in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an MBA from IMDR, Pune. In his previous assignments, Parth has worked with some of India’s most respected social sector organizations like Azim Premji Foundation, Shiv Nadar University, QUEST Alliance, Indus Trust and Ford Foundation. He has worked extensively towards leading educational change at scale to improve government schooling systems with various states including leading an effort at reforming 1000 government schools in Samastipur, Bihar. He has also led pioneering ideas in higher education leading the effort to set up the Azim Premji University and Shiv Nadar University’s School of Education.

The Q&A session followed a set of comments and queries from students as well as faculties. The session was really helpful and interactive with the extreme enthusiasm from the guest speaker as well as student.

  1. In what aspects are urban Indian schools more developed than the rural ones?
  2. At these times where we are opting for online platforms, how are the schools in rural area coping? How is the pandemic affecting the government schools?
  3. Do you feel the need of restructuring in these municipal school programs, considering the daily increase in urban slums and illiteracy rate in our country?
  4. Does the “No Child Left Behind Act” really promote inclusive education? What is your opinion?
  5. What is the effect on a child when the family is migrating constantly for work on? (eg: construction worker/ brick kiln worker) How can we curb the ill-effects caused by this?
  6. When it comes to kids from slums, their need to earn and support their family is often more than education due to which they can’t afford continuing the school. What according to you can be really done to make the school and education more appealing to these kids?
  7. How can architects contribute in making government schools better?
  8. What is the role of this infrastructure for an underprivileged group of people? How can we improve these schools in India?
  9. You have studied in the US as well as India and are currently working for rural colleges. What according to you is the Indian education system lacking as compared to that of USA?