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Abhivanchiton ka shikshadhikar: Educational Rights for Underprivileged

by on Mar.26, 2009, under Books, Education, Education for Democracy, Musahars, Publications, Underprivileged

Abhivanchiton ka Shikshadhikar : Education for Underprivileged

Abhivanchiton ka Shikshadhikar : Educational Rights for Underprivileged


The book Abhivanchiton ka Shikshadhikar – Education for Underprivileged, authored by Vijoy Prakash and Prof Shailendra Kr Shrivastava has been published by Rajkamal  Publication, New Delhi.
About the book
Modern education system serves the needs of upper and upper middle class only. Confined to their own world realities Lower middle and middle class children don’t get anything get anything except imitating others. We have tried to take education to underprivileged and marginalised, but we are yet to assess the real impact of this education system on them. This book tries to develop parameters of assessment of nature, quality and quantity of education to different communities. At the same time it provides the assessment of education in different communities based on the detailed census of one Panchayat.
Based on the action research the book also suggests a practical model for making positive intervention empowering underprivileged to take better advantage of the education system.It also underscores that underprivileged children are as much valuable capital as are children from well off families. What is needed is an honest and  sincere effort to bring them into mainstream. For this purpose the book also suggets modalities for broadsteaming of education for mainstreming of children.

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Nai Duniya : March 8, 2009 : Rat Farming

by on Mar.15, 2009, under Media Reports, Musahars, Rat Farming, Underprivileged

This is a news item in Nai Duniya (March 8, 2009)

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Hindustan : Rat farming

by on Mar.15, 2009, under Media Reports, Musahars, Rat Farming, Underprivileged

Stupid and wise

Stupid and wise

His idea on rat farming was ranked above Obama, McCain, Hillary, Sarah Palin, Oprah as the “world’s stupidest statement award” of 2008.

Dennis Avery considers his idea on “rat farming” to be the best “non-science” solution to issues of global food scarcity. Dennis T. Avery, is a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute in Washington. Dennis is the Director for Global Food Issues. He was formerly a senior analyst for the Department of State.

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Rat Farming

by on Mar.13, 2009, under Musahars, Rat Farming, Underprivileged

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If humans will need twice as much food and feed in 2040 how would we feed ourselves and our increasing number of pets with low organic yields? Organic fields yields are limited primarily because of the global shortage of manure. However, the world would need billions more cattle to get extra manure, and we’d have to clear forests to grow their forage. “Green manure crops” steal land, sunshine, water, and soil nutrients from food and feed crops.

The best non-science solution I’ve heard is from Vijoy Prakash, Secretary of Welfare in India’s Bihar state. Prakash says we should eat rats. Then the rats won’t eat the stored grain, and the people will get more high-quality protein. He is promoting rat meat in the villages—and talking with hotels about rat meat on their menus. It’s at least more realistic than expecting humans to become vegetarian.

DENNIS T. AVERY is a senior fellow for the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC and is the Director for the Center for Global Food Issues. ( He was formerly a senior analyst for the Department of State. He is co-author, with S. Fred Singer, of Unstoppable Global Warming Every 1500 Hundred Years. (continue reading…)

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Nutritional Value of Rat Meat

by on Mar.12, 2009, under Musahars, Rat Farming, Underprivileged

Nutritional Value of Rat Meat

The current knowledge of the yield and nutritional (proximate and fatty acid) composition of meat derived from African ungulates, camelidae, rodents, ratites and reptiles is reviewed. Although most of the species discussed give low cholesterol levels consistent with their low meat lipid contents, the tegu lizard gives a very low level (18.2 mg/100 g tissue). The fatty acid profiles of the various species all have low saturated fatty acids and high polyunsaturated fatty acids resulting in favourable saturated to polyunsaturated fatty acid ratios. Although the springbok, camel, ostrich and crocodile are marketed and exported to sophisticated markets, the rodents are the species that show most promise in becoming large commercial commodities. Not only is their meat desirable and nutritional, but they are also highly adaptable to extensive and intensive production systems.

The yield and nutritional value of meat from African ungulates, camelidae, rodents, ratites and reptiles
L.C. Hoffman, Stellenbosch University, Private Bag XI, Matieland 7602, South Africa (continue reading…)

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Lessons for Prevention and Management of Disability

by on Mar.01, 2009, under Presentations, Publications, Rehabilitation of Beggars, Underprivileged

This paper was presented in the national conference organized by Disability Commissioner, Govt. of India at Patna in April 2006.

Go to the people.

Live with them.

Learn from them.

Love them.

Start with what they know.

Build with what they have.

But with the best leaders,

When the work is done,

The task accomplished,

The people will say

‘We have done this ourselves’.

-Lao-tse in 7th century B.C.

‘Folk’ means ‘related to common mass’. Folk practices refer to those practices which have been in use amongst common mass for a long period of time. These practices evolved through ages on the basis of experiences are repository of people’s wisdom. They have been instrumental in shaping the behaviour of the people and as such have the ability to play a key role in social development. These methods have greater social acceptability and have been tried and tested for a long period. There is a need to study them closely so that we can verify the efficacy of these practices and techniques in light of modern scientific findings and wherever they are found to be compatible with them, they should be recommended for wider use for greater benefits with or without modification.

We should also study the methods of communication of these practices, which has helped them in their acceptability on such a wide scale. Couplets of Ghagha and Bhaddari and other similar poets have been of great help in dissemination of knowledge about environment and agriculture in society. Folk methods of dissemination and transmission of knowledge are relevant even today for transmission of modern scientific knowledge. Thus there is a need to study them also and use them in learning of children with disability. If folk methods are synthesized harmoniously with the modern requirements of learning it would be easier to disseminate on large scale and they can easily gain wide acceptability. (continue reading…)

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Educating Underprivileged – Some critical concerns

by on Mar.01, 2009, under Broadstreaming Education, Education, Education for Democracy, Musahars, Presentations, Publications, Underprivileged

Despite several alluring programmes and incentives in the form of cash and kinds, majority of underprivileged and poor children prefer not to go to school. Even if they do, they don’t continue there. Is it because they don’t understand the value of education or the interventions are not attractive enough to retain them in school? So far we thought that poor people being deprived of physical amenities may be lured by physical benefits only. But, this has not proved correct. Physical allurement have not been able to retain poorer children within four walls of schools. Our approach has been grossly misdirected. The main malaise seems to lie somewhere else. Education today is highly dominated by middle class considerations and concerns with no room for lower class aspirations and talent to be nurtured properly to fully blossom. Unless education system takes care of the peculiar nature of the psychology of the underprivileged, their needs and aspirations and the special circumstances in which a underprivileged child is born and brought up, we cannot expect to make a dent in the existing scenario.

Scientific studies have established that maximum development of brain in a child takes place before the age of 5 years. So the learning of the child would largely depend on the foundation laid during these early years. It has been found that if a child is born with good eyes but his eyes are covered for 3-4 years, then he may not be able to see all through his life even though his eyes may be physically well. This happens because the connections of neurons in respect of vision matures by the age of 3-4 years. If proper care is not taken to develop them, then these neuron connections may not develop in future. (continue reading…)

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