Chittaranjan Kaul

Chittaranjan Kaul is the director of the Centre for Learning Resources in Pune, India. He is deeply interested in the learning processes of adults and children, individuals and communities, groups and organizations. He coaches people in understanding and responding to change more effectively, using inner dialogue to sharpen their perception, and external dialogue to help build common ground among stakeholders. He has run banking businesses around the world; run and set up residential and day schools; been a nonprofit manager; coached senior corporate and non-corporate executives in enhancing personal and organizational effectiveness; worked with and coached management teams, parents and teachers of educational institutions; and provided strategy advice to for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He has also worked with a small group of rural young adults, helping them discover livelihood as a path to empowerment and self-esteem. Kaul earned a degree in electrical engineering from the National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Srinagar and a PGDM from the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

India's New Education Policy: Not Paying Attention

Nov 11, 2020

It was instructive that probably the most consequential event in the life of the Indian Republic merited nothing more than three pro-forma single-sentence references to “epidemics and pandemics” in the recently-adopted National Education Policy 2020. The policy must have been discussed and agreed by the Union Cabinet wearing masks, a...

Bringing Stranded Workers in Indian Cities Back to Their Villages

Apr 30, 2020

In India, as the national lockdown was extended till May 3, it is incredible that the government failed to do what it should have done a month ago. Heart-rending images of stranded people in cities all over the country, desperately trying to make sense of the sudden loss of home,...

The Century of Not Knowing

Nov 22, 2017

This is the century of creating knowledge, not receiving knowledge. A senior IT industry official, while speaking recently to a group of university students, laid out a vision of how banks would look 10 years from now. Most of the jobs that we currently see in the industry would be...

Education in India: Proselytization Poses as Policy

Oct 22, 2016

Each successive generation of education policymakers has tried to imprint their particular notion of India on the youth by shoving information down their throats and not letting them think. This year, the big education policy event in India is the making of the National Education Policy 2016 (NEP). Or is...

At Harvard: Thoughts on Education in India

Apr 02, 2012

This is an edited and somewhat expanded version of my comments in the education panel of the Harvard India Conference 2012. The topic of discussion was "Education in India - Opportunities and Challenges in the Next Decade". We are considering what challenges and opportunities in education await India over the...