India has one of the largest populations in the world with around 1.4 billion people. It also has a rich culture dating back over 10,000 years. Recently, scholars around the globe are showing increased interest in India and Indian students are actively involved in premier institutions in every region.
Adult Education in India is a ready reckoner for students, scholars, practitioners, and all others interested in the history of the development of adult education since India's ancient period to the present day. This volume addresses the activities of different adult educators like Raja Rammohan Roy, Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, Rabindranath Tagore, Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar and many more, contextualizing how they acted and influenced the cause of global adult education.
In more recent decades, as India’s economy has grown, and as the forces of industrialization, urbanization and globalization have become stronger in reshaping institutions; new ways of thinking about adult education have emerged. The idea of lifelong learning is now aligned to the requirements of the global knowledge economy. The focus on bare literacy is no longer considered sufficient, but only the first step towards preparing citizens to participate in the global market, to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to become enterprising and entrepreneurs. The logic of the market has become dominant.
Prasenjit Deb, Ph.D. (2002), North Bengal University, is Professor of Lifelong Learning at Kalyani University, West Bengal, India. He has published more than 80 research articles and 6 books.
Asoke Bhattacharya was the former Professor of Adult Education, Jadavpur University, West Bengal, India and presently the Visiting Professor of North Bengal University. He has published more than 20 books including Education for the People (Brill, 2010) and Paulo Freire (Brill, 2011).
Peter Mayo, University of Malta, Msida, Malta
UNESCO Chair in Global Adult Education
Editorial Advisory Board:
Stephen Brookfield, University of St Thomas, Minnesota, USA
Waguida El Bakary, American University in Cairo, Egypt
Budd L. Hall, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
Astrid von Kotze, University of Western Cape, South Africa
Alberto Melo, University of the Algarve, Portugal
Lidia Puigvert-Mallart, CREA-University of Barcelona, Spain
Daniel Schugurensky, Arizona State University, USA
Joyce Stalker, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand/Aotearoa
Juha Suoranta, University of Tampere, Finland
Political Map of India
List of Illustrations
Notes on Contributors
Prasenjit Deb and Asoke Bhattacharya
1 Historical Perspectives of Adult Education in India
Prasenjit Deb and Srabani Maitra
2 Adult Education of India in Five Year Plans: Programmes, Institutions and Funding
S. Y. Shah
3 Saakshar Bharat: A Paradigm Shift in Adult and Lifelong Education in India
4 Perspectives of Popular Education
5 Adult Learning in Adivasi, Dalit and Marginal Peasant Social Movements in India
6 Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development
7 The Concept of Lifelong Learning and the Relevance of Tagore’s Philosophy of Education
8 Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Adult Education: Rearranging Desires at Both Ends of the Spectrum
Alisha M. B. Heinemann
9 Subaltern Perspectives in Adult Education
10 Contribution of Raja Rammohan Roy, Pandit Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar and Swami Vivekananda in the Field of Social Reformation and Education
Apurba Kumar Chattopadhyay
11 Unlearning for Change: Empowering Journey of Women Domestic Workers in India
Samiksha Jha, Yashvi Sharma and Rajesh Tandon
12 Adult, Continuing Education and Extension in Indian Universities: Retrospective Review and Prospective Profile
M. C. Reddeppa Reddy
13 Opportunities of Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development in India
Thiyam Premabati Devi
14 Ambedkar, Freire, Gramsci: Teachers from Our Past, Prophets of Our Future …
15 B. R. Ambedkar: The Bulwark of Dalits’ Education and Empowerment
M. C. Reddeppa Reddy
Students, Scholars, Teachers of Adult Education, Lifelong Learning, and and all interested in Adult Education in and of India.