AAP’s revolutionary Delhi education model produced results and enticed different states in India to endorse the vision and head on to a path of collaborative governance.
Arvind Kejriwal’s new brand of governance has arguably raised the standard of politics in the country. Other states have embraced AAP’s vision of reform giving rise to a peculiar phenomenon of collaborative governance on the rise in India.
Heads Up! Delhi Education Model and The Rise of Collaborative Governance Among Indian States
- A Relentless Focus On Upliftment Of Have-Not Indians, Not Just Delhiites
- The Rise Of Collaborative Governance
- Indian States That Want To Replicate Delhi Educational Model
- The Idea Of Collaboration Towards A Better Future
AAP has extended a helping hand to those states wanting to improve educational standard by enacting the proven Delhi model. When AAP came to power, it made the revamping of a retrograded education system its priority.
Persistent efforts and innovative ideas have transformed the lives of millions of poor families. It relieved its have-not voters from the burden of giving their kin a chance at quality education. Considering today’s financial tirade, AAP is hell-bent on bringing world-class standard education to those who don’t have the means to avail it.
A Relentless Focus On Upliftment Of Have-Not Indians, Not Just Delhiites
Ever since it came to power, AAP has consistently and significantly increased the educational budget of Delhi. From better basics like infrastructure improvements and teachers training to optimum extra-curricular development with happiness curriculum and entrepreneurship program, the educational measures have boosted the overall development of Delhi government school students. AAP has brought government schools at par with private school standards.
In 2018, Delhi Dy CM and Education Minister Manish Sisodia at the India Conference held in Harvard University stressed that policy-making is not “rocket science” but requires “honest intent to find creative solutions” In his 40-minute keynote address, Sisodia said that “change is not just needed in Delhi but throughout the country.”
The Rise Of Collaborative Governance Synonymous With The Success Of Delhi Education Model
The real attraction is the inception of collaborative governance across the Indian states. Collaborative governance is a key to transform India. It is the ultimate goal to develop an approach of collaboration in policymaking and public management.
Governments of other state have shown interest in adopting AAP’s Delhi Education Model to transform primary education in their states.
The broad and complex problems of India’s varied demography require government collaboration, business partners, NGOs, different community groups and others to respond together and solve every issue together. On many occasions, leaders and governments of other state have shown interest and zeal in adopting AAP’s Delhi Education Model to transform their state’s educational infrastructure.
Indian States That Want To Replicate Delhi Educational Model
From rivalry to friendship and from friendship to mentorship, the quality of collaborative governance has drastically changed in India. States have come forward to replicate the Delhi governance model and different policies. This is a new trend where core development issues transcend different regional aspirations.
No government will need to start from scratch to set up the Delhi model, because we will help: Manish Sisodia
Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia has welcomed such states and said that they won’t need to start from scratch. AAP government will join hands with them in sharing domain knowledge and delivering reforms.
The Maharashtra government recently decided to adopt the Delhi educational model. Dy CM of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar made this decision in a school educational review meeting. Pawar also said that the Delhi model is considered to be the best in the country and should be replicated.
In fact, Maharashtra government has already filed plans to introduce reforms on a pilot basis in schools under municipal corporations of Mumbai, Navi-Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Nagpur.
Jharkhand’s new Chief Minister Hemant Soren recently visited Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi. The two CMs discussed AAP’s innovative programs to improve public education and healthcare.
Soren will implement similar initiatives in Jharkhand, a state in dire need to upliftment that ensures better future for its large, underprivileged, have-not tribal population.
The former CM H.D. Kumaraswamy in 2018 suggested that the Karnataka education department officials study the Delhi school educational model to improve the quality of education in state-owned schools.
Kumaraswamy also asked the officials to make a report on the same. Interestingly, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal offered support help and knowledge sharing to Karnataka.
In May 2019, Uttarakhand Education department took cues from Delhi educational model and introduced ‘Happiness Classes’ as a part of state’s motive – “Government School, Happy School”. They are also taking necessary inputs from Delhi counterparts before making the course for the new academic session.
This new course will benefit almost 7 lakh students from government schools. Uttarakhand sent a team to analyze Delhi schools and how it can replicate AAP’s model and up to what extent.
In July 2019, Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui visited Delhi during ‘Happiness Utsav’ to mark the 1st anniversary of Happiness Curriculum’s introduction in Delhi. Along with Manish Sisodia, Rymbui attended a mindfulness class (part of happiness curriculum).
Meghalaya is planning to introduce parts of AAP’s education policies. The state will replicate the model and if needed modify it on the lines of the culture and identities being followed in Meghalaya.
Odisha Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash, highly impressed with the happiness curriculum plans to implement it in government schools. Furthermore, Dash observed that the happiness curriculum is extensively helping children concentrate better.
Sonam Wangchuk, the education reformist, was also present and said that state governments across India should rise above politics and follow the AAP education model.
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The Idea Of Collaborative Governance Towards A Better Future
Delhi Education Model endorsement signals a changing trend towards collaborative governance. It is upon the government’s willingness whether they want to transform the millions of lives or grow grudges spurring from ideological difference.
If a party, in this case, AAP, fulfils promises and delivers, it should be acknowledged, endorsed and adopted. Several Indian States who still suffer from retrograde and dilapidated education policies need to put all differenced aside and adopt the AAP Delhi model of education and ensure that optimum policy-making is replicated before diplomacy mars the vision.
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