growth in the education sector has been dismal despite its accelerated economic
growth, especially since 1980's. Even after sixty five years of independence,
India's literacy rate (74%) is well below the world average (84%).
Interestingly, India is also on the doorstep of a possible demographic
dividend. Average age of India's population is decreasing in an aging
world. However, this demographic dividend can well become a
demographic disaster if we cannot focus on the needs of higher education in the
context of growing economic activities.
to high quality education for everybody is extremely important for equity since
it provides opportunities for the poor and socially disadvantaged to advance
themselves. India has a very well developed higher education sector but its
access remains severely constrained. The first problem with the efforts in
expanding higher education is the abysmally low enrollment of students in
higher secondary education in India (only 23%). Students often dropout from high
schools as their families do not see any future in further education or
they simply cannot afford the high costs of higher education or there are not
enough local high schools. When it comes to undergraduate education,
enrollment is even lower (8% among the relevant age group).
is a dream shared by a group of like-minded people which believes that the
responsibility to solve some of the grave problems of India's education sector
lies with each and everyone of us who has had the good fortune to avail of higher
education, and thus the various good opportunities in life. With
these beliefs and lots of hope we have taken a small step - Padakshep, in UK, Padakshep-UK.
Padakshep-UK is a part of Padakshep group of
non-profits with another location in the United States.
Key members of Padakshep-UK:
Arnab Rudra (DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK)
Sanjib Dey (City University, London, UK)
Sanjoy Biswas (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy)
Padakshep-UK is an excepted
charity which means we do not have to register with the Charity
Commission of England And Wales as our
annual income is less than £ 5000, however, Padakshep-UK
is regulated by Charity Commission of England and Wales. we do have a
constitution which we follow. Click here to read a copy of our constitution.
Padakshep-UK is recognized by HMRC as a charity for the tax purposes. Please click on the link below to view the letter from HMRC.