Evolution of the NCMEI

The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) is a statutory body established by the Government of India in the year 2004 via an ordinance. Subsequently, the ordinance was converted into an Act by Parliament in 2005. In the years 2006 and 2010, two amendment Acts were passed by Parliament, and the current NCMEI Act... Continue Reading →

HRD at Parliament in the 3 years of NDA-2

In the next 3 weeks, the 16th Lok Sabha and the NDA-2 Government under Narendra Modi will be completing 3 years. In these 3 years, it has had fairly reasonable success in pushing through several legislation in both the houses of Parliament. In fact, up to April 2014, the Government has been successful in pushing... Continue Reading →

NGT: Principles of ‘Unnatural’ Justice?

In India, there are many tribunals established over the past few decades with the aim of delivering speedy and efficient justice over disputes, that can otherwise take years to get addressed. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT), Customs, Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), the Armed Forces Tribunal and the National... Continue Reading →

RTE: Boon for minority schools

It has been argued since a while now that implementing the RTE Act for only Hindu schools will be detrimental to them, while at the same time helping proliferation of minority schools. This article attempts to find out if this is indeed happening. Given the lack of direct data, information from multiple sources had to... Continue Reading →

The Cost of RTI

There are a number of articles, opinion posts and research material on the internet that evaluate the benefits and shortcomings of India's Right to Information (RTI) Act. While I have my own reservations about how it has been enacted and implemented, I will stay away from any comments on that in this article. Here, I... Continue Reading →

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