India’s Education Market Valued At RM175 Billion By 2015

NEW DELHI, May 26 (Bernama) — India’s burgeoning education market is expected to reach a staggering US$50 billion (RM175 billion) by 2015, estimates a top industry agency.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Assocham) in its recent study said about 55 percent of Indian middle class families have started to save for their children’s education, which would be a catalyst for the tremendous growth of the sector.

“A few years ago, only nine percent of middle level households, were saving for the higher education of their children and it used to be considered an expense.

“However, there has been a 20-25 per cent rise in the income of those in the middle class.

“As a result, the savings ratio for obtaining higher education for their children has suddenly gone up to 55 percent, reflecting potential for growth in the education sector,” said D.S. Rawat, Secretary General of Assocham.

At present India’s total education market size is about US$25 billion (RM87.5 billion), of which the higher education sector, is valued close to US$15 billion (RM52.5 billion).

According to Assocham’s projections, the higher education market alone, would grow over US$30 billion (RM105 billion) in the next five years.

Another reason as to why the market size of Indian education will expand substantially during the period, is due to the rising disposable income among urban Indians, compared to those in the rural areas.

India has one of the largest middle class in the world, estimated at about 300 million.


A guide to the Constitution for children : PTI

we the  children of INDIA

we the children of INDIA

She wanted to be a teacher but life took a different turn for Leila Seth who went on to became the first woman Chief Justice and now she relives her dream in a new book which demystifies the Constitution’s Preamble for children.

In “We the Children of India The Preamble to our Constitution” Justice Seth, the first woman to be Chief Justice in a state High Court has simplified the Preamble making it understandable to even youngest readers.
“I used my granddaughter who was eight years old at the time of writing this book as my sounding board. I feel it is important for every child to know the importance of the Preamble. In many countries like the US, children are made to learn about the Constitution at a very young age,” Seth told PTI.
“When I began writing the Preamble I thought it would be a cakewalk for me. I later realised that children do not understand words like citizens, secular, justice etc. I kept in mind my granddaughter and her questions while writing the book,” says the nearly 80-year-old author.
Seth adds that children in India aren’t taught the Constitution at the correct time.
“Our country has a very good Constitution but it should be taught to them when they are younger so that it becomes a part of their consciousness.”
“I have included nuggets of information like the conversion of Amender into Buddhism, the eagerness of Jawaharlal Nehru to sign the Constitution that he forgot to leave space for the then President Rajendra Prasad to sign and also about the illustrated copies of the document kept in a locked glass in the Parliament Library.”
Seth plans to get the 40 page book by Puffin Books written for children aged between 7 and 11 years translated into different languages so that it reaches every child.
“If every child learns about equality justice and other issues like abolition of untouchability it will make them better equipped for a better tomorrow,” says Justice Seth.
Source PTI

Indian kids take ‘Gandhigiri’ to Mexico

New Delhi: Mexico would soon be introduced to ‘Gandhigiri’ through the first Mexican edition of a newspaper being run by children. Student reporters in Mexico are working to bring out the edition called “The Yamuna,” on behalf of the New Delhi based Gandhi Smriti for its Gandhi Media Literacy Programme.

The programme aims at promoting a global culture of non-violence as well as instilling an active and responsible citizenship among students. “We never imagined the paper would reach Mexico. It is the strong will and hard work of the children that has taken ‘The Yamuna’ to Mexico,” says Vedabhyas Kundu, programme coordinator of the newspaper and a member of Gandhi Smriti.

The quarterly paper is distributed among schools, government offices and media houses in India and abroad. Over the years children in Nepal and Mexico have also started contributing to the paper on issues ranging from biodiversity, food security, child rights, education and health. The Gandhi Media Literacy Programme for children was initiated by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti, the national memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in 2003 as part of the centenary year of Indian Opinion, the journal that Mahatma Gandhi started in South Africa in 1903.

The Mexican organisation OraWorldMandala in partnership with Gujarat Vidyapeeth, the university founded by Mahatma Gandhi in 1920, hit upon the idea of a Mexican edition for ‘The Yamuna’, and a group of five journalists from the Latin American country began working to implement the idea.”I was fascinated by the relatively unknown fact of Gandhi the journalist, as Gandhi the peacemaker always eclipsed Gandhi the scribe.

“I thought it was a good idea when Sonia Deotto, director of OWM, suggested getting Mexican children to bring out a separate newspaper instead of just collaborating with Indian children on articles for each edition of the Indian Yamuna,” says Hayde Murakami Salinas, programme coordinator for “The Yamuna Mexico.”With a publication of 1500-2000 copies every four months, the newspaper aims at empowering students in parts of India and in Nepal besides Bhutan.

“We do not concentrate on the marketing aspect of it. Our main aim is to develop the capacities of children…That we bring students together is a big achievement” says Vedabhyas Kundu. Gandhi Smriti members select children from different schools to be part of the publication’s team.

Currently 30 students in Delhi are engaged in the production process. “These students are trying to understand the importance of a responsible media and its service to their communities, besides its potential as a powerful tool to reach social change and peace,” says Salinas.

Leading the editorial team of the Indian edition, 17-year-old, Rijuta Lamba says,” I’m really thankful for the opportunity I have got. As a student your sole motive is to study, and you keep on waiting for inspiration to do something like this. I’m glad I managed to take the first step towards doing something to bring a change.” Rijuta, who is preparing for B Tech and Bio-medical entrance examinations says, “I write because I’m passionate about writing”, though she does not see herself pursuing journalism as a profession. She has interviewed many a big-wigs for the newspaper, including personalities such as Rajat Sharma of India TV, Prof Sonia Levingston of the London School of Economics, P Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor, The Hindu.

Seventeen-year-old reporter Bipra Biswambhara, a class XII student and one of the five climate ambassadors chosen by UNICEF from India to be sent to Copenhagen Summit last year, says, “Interacting with other students and delegates was an eye-opening experience. We are so busy in the rat-race that we forget about our responsibilities as a citizen.”

Biswambhara’s articles raise awareness about climate issues.



Year VI – 2010

Sapney is planning to organize an event DREAM-2010. We welcome you all for your suggestions. Please send them latest by May 20, 2010.

How to send your suggestions:

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We look forward to your enthusiastic contribution !


Year V – 2009

Yipeee!!! SAPNEY was now blooming in varied colors, with so many new members joining the noble cause.

Our new friends came in from different fields of work and life, making the year remarkable for SAPNEY. Now, we were not limited to our own college and school friends, but friends from our past offices, current offices, new colleges and friends of friends joined hands with us… People started trusting us and we were more confident in presenting ourselves.

The next event was held at the Missionaries of charity, Civil Lines in New Delhi. This charitable organization is an orphanage for tiny tots. Abandoned childrens under 5 years of age find a safe shelter there.

One thing common in all the events we conducted so far is – the warm welcome we receive. It was so lovely to be there.

Best part of the event was when we were escorted to their nursery and infant section. Hygiene levels were very impressive and we enjoyed seeing children playing with colors.

The swings, the class rooms were so beautifully decorated.

By watching what we saw, anybody can wonder how heartless a human can be at times, to leave his child and at the same time, we all can see how beautiful are the people at Missionaries of charity, Civil lines to take care of such children with such pious motherly attitude.

Mothers and Nuns out there, have sacrificed their family to serve a bigger family of God, called humanity. Sapney salutes their spirit and dedication.

Hopefully our new friends enjoyed the event and will continue to attend future events.

A special thanks to Aadhar.  Sumit Chawla, Nimisha, Abhishek Dhingra, Meenakshi and Komal welcome to SAPNEY family.