A New Indian University Hopes to Reform Public Education

A New Indian University Hopes to Reform Public Education 1

Azim Premji U.

Students from Azim Premji U. will eventually guide India's educational reform efforts, the university's leaders hope.

When it comes to education, there are two competing images of India. One is of the gifted student effortlessly making his way through an elite university program in science or technology. The other is of a dusty rural schoolhouse, where teachers rarely bother to come to class. It is this second image that the country's only school of education hopes to erase.

In a still developing country of 1.2 billion, weak elementary and secondary education remain an intractable problem, reflected