Aug 03, 2015

Man with a Mission: Dr. Madhav Chavan Interviewed in Business Standard

Business Standard by Anjuli Bhargava

In a revealing interview with the Business Standard, Pratham co-founder and former CEO Dr. Madhav Chavan discusses his radical upbringing with communist parents, his disenchantment with a university teaching position, his journey to launching Pratham, and the state of education in India today.

“What is our school model?” exclaims Dr. Chavan. “It asks teachers to complete the curriculum in a prescribed time. You can rush through it if you like, but you have to complete it. Nobody has laid down that certain measurable outcomes should be attained.”

Pratham’s literacy and learning programs aim to correct this by tailoring lessons to a child’s ability rather than age and ensuring that every student masters the basics before moving on.

Read the full interview.