Course Description

South Asian History

HISA 4501

Histories of Education and Nation-Making in India

Spring 2013

This research colloquium will introduce advanced undergraduate students to the most pressing issues on the subject of education in India. We will discuss the priorities of the colonial state with regard to education; debates on the ideal national language and various language formulae immediately after independence; access to education along lines of caste and gender both in colonial and post-colonial India; perceptions of the humanities, social sciences, and engineering in higher education; rival emphases on primary versus higher education among those committed to planning; student protests; debates around the question of “academic freedom” and the role of education in the making of a new Indian citizenry.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904


(434) 924-7147
(434) 924-7891
M-F 8am to 4:30pm
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