Teacher's Convention and Public Lecture in Bangalore, 01 March, 2017

The Centre for Child and the Law, NLSIU

In Collaboration with

Karnataka State Primary School Teachers Association, Bengaluru

is organizing a Public Lecture on

Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009: Scope and Implementation


Prof. Muchkund Dubey

MA in Economics, D.Litt-Honoris Causa

Professor of Economics, President - Centre for Social Development,

Former Indian Foreign Secretary,GoI


Presided by

Mr. Ambarish Rai


National RTE Forum



Mr. V. M. Narayanaswamy

Secretary, KSPSTA


Context Setting

Dr. Niranjanaradhya. V. P.

Fellow and Programme Head – Education Team


Venue:  Karnataka State Primary School Teachers Association Office,

Mitabhai Patel Government Higher Primary School, 5th Main, 4th Cross, Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru (Near Moti Mahal Hotel)

Date: 01st March 2017, Wednesday          Time: 10.30 AM to 12.30 PM

The Centre for Child and the Law (CCL) was established on 1st April 1996, as a specialized multi-disciplinary Research Centre of the National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore. The Centre integrates research, direct field action and teaching on child rights law; and uses law and socio-legal strategies as a tool for transformative social change in order to enable children to live with dignity. The specific aim of CCL is to ensure social justice, human rights and quality of life for all children in India, with special focus on equitable quality education, care, protection and justice for marginalized and excluded children. The objectives of the Centre is to enable children to be treated as rights holders, to help institutionalize the human rights based approach into policy, law and practice on children, and to build the capacity of state and civil society for more effective realization of child rights.  

About the Lecture: 

Fifteen years have gone by since education was recognised as a fundamental right in India. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 was enacted to give effect to this fundamental right and the legislation came into force on 01st April, 2010. In another one month, 7 years will be completed since the implementation of the RTE Act. The Act, which was a progressive step in the path of ensuring right to education to all children, to some extent, recognises and provides for the core aspects of right to education i.e., Availability, Accessibility, Acceptability and Accountability. However, due to the restricted meaning earmarked to the legislation, significant issues and challenges are being faced in the course of implementation of the Act. However, it is the need of the day to implement the Act in its letter and spirit to ensure the education of all children and uphold the righteous nature of education as a social good. To achieve this goal, it is of great necessity that the nature, scope, extent of implementation and the issues faced in the implementation of the RTE Act are all understood in a holistic manner. In this background, the resource person, who has been working on right to education for more than a decade now throws light upon these various aspects of the RTE Act and proposes to provide an arena to discuss and deliberate the pertaining issues through the lecture.

About the Speaker: 

Prof. Muchkund Dubey, President of CSD, has Master’s degree in economics from Patna University and later studied economics in Oxford and New York universities. He has a D. Litt degree (Honoris Causa) from the University of Calcutta. He had an illustrious career in the Indian Foreign Service, serving, among others, as India’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh and the Permanent Representative to U.N. Organizations in Geneva. He retired from the Indian Foreign Service after occupying the post of Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. He then joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University as Professor where he taught for close to eight years. As an international civil servant, he served at the headquarters of both the United Nations and the UNDP. He was the Indian Member on the Executive Board of UNESCO, Chairman of the Common School System Commission, Bihar, and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of Sikkim. His areas of specialization have been international economic relations, India’s social and economic development, international security and disarmament, international development cooperation and world order issues. He has authored two books, Unequal Treaty: World Trading Order after GATT and India’s Foreign Policy: Coping with the Changing World; edited three books including, Indian Society Today: Challenges of Equality, Integration and Empowerment; and co-edited six books.

About the Presiding Speaker: 

Mr. Ambarish Rai, who has completed his law graduation from the Lucknow University, has been working for social causes right since his student days. He was involved in the student movement and worked as a National Secretary of All India Student's Federation (AISF). He has also worked with Trade Unions and the movements of landless laborers. He has worked in Gujarat and Maharashtra for building a tribal movement for the enactment of Forest rights Act, 2006. He led various networks like NAFRE and PCCSS in the country and contributed for making Fundamental Right to education a reality in 2002. At present, he is the National Convener of the RTE Forum.

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