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  1. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    Successive Indian governments have traditionally spent fraction of its total budget on education and hence public education system has fared badly compared to private education set up. Over the years, driven by corrupt system, government apathy and poor infrastructure the system more or less has collapsed in many states. Now comes a silver lining. A dynamic education minister backed by a pragmatic chief minister in the country's capital decided to completely overhaul the system. The book is his Successive Indian governments have traditionally spent fraction of its total budget on education and hence public education system has fared badly compared to private education set up. Over the years, driven by corrupt system, government apathy and poor infrastructure the system more or less has collapsed in many states. Now comes a silver lining. A dynamic education minister backed by a pragmatic chief minister in the country's capital decided to completely overhaul the system. The book is his journey and chronicles how he went about achieving the impossible. A must read for all who believe that a sound education system can help bring about a great change in society.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ravi Prakash

    First non-fiction of the year, and it filled me with optimistic thoughts in Politics and Education. The world is not that bad. There are some good people also who think of others. Great achievements of Delhi government. Kudos!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Nikesh Dhruw

    One of the best public policy books I have ever read. It's a journey of Delhi's govt Working on schooling education system step by step to achieving global standards and a happier life for children. Manish Sisodia first identified the problems of govt schools then find solutions for that. Firstly he increased the education budget after that he is working on improving infrastructure. The most crucial initiative by him is to sent teachers to different countries like Finland, USA. To understand the One of the best public policy books I have ever read. It's a journey of Delhi's govt Working on schooling education system step by step to achieving global standards and a happier life for children. Manish Sisodia first identified the problems of govt schools then find solutions for that. Firstly he increased the education budget after that he is working on improving infrastructure. The most crucial initiative by him is to sent teachers to different countries like Finland, USA. To understand their education system, request to IIMs for making courses for teachers and principles for leadership and teaching skills. One thing I most appreciated is that their policy for the long term that they want to eliminate standardization or exam system in schools. If you want to understand why we have an impoverished govt school, but the same time when we are talking about university, then we have IIT, IIM, JNU, AIMS, and du, so why we can't build good schools likes in Finland or Japan, then this book should help you.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shivam Kimothi

    I was pleasantly surprised to read about the lengths Manish Sisodia had gone to improve the education system in Delhi. He has a very clear mindset and diverse knowledge required to bring about a change in the system. We all know about the problems of India's education system. There are not enough schools, the mindset is myopic, schools are manufacturing products instead of independent thinkers, the curriculum is outdated, the environment is not healthy and many other issues. For tackling these is I was pleasantly surprised to read about the lengths Manish Sisodia had gone to improve the education system in Delhi. He has a very clear mindset and diverse knowledge required to bring about a change in the system. We all know about the problems of India's education system. There are not enough schools, the mindset is myopic, schools are manufacturing products instead of independent thinkers, the curriculum is outdated, the environment is not healthy and many other issues. For tackling these issues he has introduced many intuitive concepts like Mentor-teacher model, Happiness sessions, Mega PTMs and Entrepreneurship Mindset classes. He has taken steps to improve the communication gap between government and schools by assigning an SMC(School management committee). He even took the principles and teachers to IIMs and many international colleges to tell them about their importance in a student's life and their role as a guide. I am happy to see the Government bringing about a shift in the education system.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Siddharth Vashishtha

    Manish Sisodia highlights his struggles and learnings as an education minister in Delhi. Lots of good stories from his own experiences involving the viewpoint of people in teaching to those of in bureaucracy. I hope all education ministers can take some cue from him and start experimenting some of these ideas in their own states. I found the setup and curriculum of the Happiness class really interesting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sourabh Rohilla

    Ever had those late night discussions with your friend about why your schooling was so weird. Why it was never interesting. Why it taught how to be competitive, but did not teach you how to work collaboratively. Well, reading this book was like listening to a conversation like that. The cool part is that the writer is education minister in Delhi. It is refreshing to have a politician talk education. Manish Sisodia talks not just about supply side of reforms (building schools, getting infrastruct Ever had those late night discussions with your friend about why your schooling was so weird. Why it was never interesting. Why it taught how to be competitive, but did not teach you how to work collaboratively. Well, reading this book was like listening to a conversation like that. The cool part is that the writer is education minister in Delhi. It is refreshing to have a politician talk education. Manish Sisodia talks not just about supply side of reforms (building schools, getting infrastructure right), but also about learning outcomes of the students. His central hypothesis is that education has long been seen as just a way to provide employment, but it can also be an enabler of heightened conscience of society. A lot of debates about pollution, corruption and violence end with something like "If only people were more educated, we would not have these problems." Well, Arvind Kejriwal's government actually made education priority by allocating 26% of their budget to education. The writer does not limit his writing to rhetoric. He includes a full blown blueprint and action-plan of the ongoing efforts across all stakeholders, i.e. parents, teachers, principles, students and infrastructure. Delhi government school results for 12th class have improved steadily over past 3-4 years. I might not be fully aware but this is honestly the first time I have come across an Indian politician talk about education in this way. Have a read, it's a lucid read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Harsh Tibarewala

    It is really interesting to read this book. I think the experiments and the results which have been done in Delhi are unprecedented and this short book on Manish's journey is an inspiration for many individuals as well as other state governments on if one decides to change the system then sky is the limit and nothing is impossible. Some of Manish's ideas of Happiness Curriculum, Entreprenership Program, Teacher-Mentor program, Teachers making curriculum are completely out of box thinking. His fu It is really interesting to read this book. I think the experiments and the results which have been done in Delhi are unprecedented and this short book on Manish's journey is an inspiration for many individuals as well as other state governments on if one decides to change the system then sky is the limit and nothing is impossible. Some of Manish's ideas of Happiness Curriculum, Entreprenership Program, Teacher-Mentor program, Teachers making curriculum are completely out of box thinking. His future vision for Delhi schools in the last chapter is an inspiration of what an yet to be done. I would really recommend this short read for all people to understand what is the magnitude of problem for providing "Quality Education in Government schools" and how this has been fixed (or rather WIP). Kudos to you Manish !!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    This book is for those who care for education, particularly public education system. Easy and quick read. This book gives the glimpse of efforts of the government to make the education system more viable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Yadav

    I recently finished this book. Shiksha means education. The author - Manish Sisodia, is both Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister within the newly elected state government of New Delhi. He is transforming the education system in Delhi and strives to provide quality education to the poorest and weakest sections of the society. In India, there is a huge lack of good public educational resources and infrastructure. Only a few who are lucky enough to go to expensive private schools can enjoy I recently finished this book. Shiksha means education. The author - Manish Sisodia, is both Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister within the newly elected state government of New Delhi. He is transforming the education system in Delhi and strives to provide quality education to the poorest and weakest sections of the society. In India, there is a huge lack of good public educational resources and infrastructure. Only a few who are lucky enough to go to expensive private schools can enjoy a good education and benefit from extracurricular activities. He started his journey to change the face of this rotten education system. This book provides his step-by-step approach starting with building the infrastructure, making sure that the schools are well equipped with at least the basic facilities. He then worked on instilling teachers with self-confidence and self-esteem so that they take pride in teaching kids, after all, they are the pillars of society. He started many programs like the mentor-teacher programs, taking teachers and principals to national and international conferences so that they have exposure to international education systems as well. He started many programs for students which aim at providing a holistic approach to education and not just provide emphasis on rote learning. These programs are aimed at making them better citizens in society. I truly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to know further about the public education system in Delhi and how the Delhi government is trying to improve it, sometimes going against a web of bureaucracy. P.S.: The best thing is that now other states in India are trying to follow this model of education and starting to improve the school system in their states as well.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Megha Punjabi

    Absolutely loved the content of this book. It's quite informative in terms of methods being adopted in Delhi to revamp the image of government schools. It is poignantly separated into concise sections outlining the various steps involved in changing the stigma and improving conditions of Delhi government schools. My favorite sections from the book include the Happiness curriculum and Entrepreneurship mindset programme. I was motivated by the mentorship chapter to such an extent that decided to j Absolutely loved the content of this book. It's quite informative in terms of methods being adopted in Delhi to revamp the image of government schools. It is poignantly separated into concise sections outlining the various steps involved in changing the stigma and improving conditions of Delhi government schools. My favorite sections from the book include the Happiness curriculum and Entrepreneurship mindset programme. I was motivated by the mentorship chapter to such an extent that decided to join a NGO for providing mentorship to students. A must read for everyone who wish to contribute to the society through the means of education.

  11. 4 out of 5

    B. Henry

    The book thoroughly shows how a good intention and will power can bring any system from despair to great. Many concepts implemented by the author in Delhi, can be copied by other states with slight modification. The two implemented concepts like “Happiness Classes” and “Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum” are quite groundbreaking and is to be seriously considered by educational experts across India. The only problem with the book is that it is still incomplete, in the sense, that, the author is The book thoroughly shows how a good intention and will power can bring any system from despair to great. Many concepts implemented by the author in Delhi, can be copied by other states with slight modification. The two implemented concepts like “Happiness Classes” and “Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum” are quite groundbreaking and is to be seriously considered by educational experts across India. The only problem with the book is that it is still incomplete, in the sense, that, the author is still continuing his experiments.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ramasubramaniam G.

    From bringing education into govt's main agenda, allocating one fourth of the budget to education , directly interacting with teachers to understand the ground reality , strengthening SMCs,improving infrastructure, appointing estate officers, introducing Happiness and entrepreneurship curriculum Manish Sisodia and team brought in a new hope and confidence towards Public education system in these 4 years but need to wait and watch on how it sustains and evolve.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sagar Upadhyay

    Although its publication right before Delhi elections doesn't seem like a coincidence and it seems like part of party propaganda. But apart from this, the book is excellent. The views of author on education is part breaking and his claimed works are commendable. I am not aware of ground realities of the claims but as a book it is an interesting read and definitely a thought provoking one.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ayush Upadhyay

    What an amazing book which shows wonders can be done if there is a political will in India. It's heartning to read about reforms in education sector on such scale and with a bottom up approach rather than top down approach. It's a must read for everyone who think about education as a tool to achieve a coexistent society.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sai Krishna

    How a visionary can transform a basic need of humans. The author pointed out how one can bring back the society on to the track by investing in children. Also the importance of modification of curriculum and adding the new topics in the curriculum. The books also emphasis the pathetic condition of Delhi government school.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ravi Kumar

    Shikhsha by Manish Sisodia is very inspirational book for all those who believe education is a game changer. It highlights all the initiatives taken by the Delhi government to enchance the quality and get education to all the children of the state.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tejaswini

    Good book. I have read the first time this type of book. Nice read and understand how any government work gets execute step by step. Thanks to author for implementing such a system and improving the education system and giving the new example to the world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Saurabh Pandey

    This book discusses the steps taken by the author for improving the education system of Delhi. Anyone who thinks that government institutions cannot change should definitely read this book, this will give you a real picture of your thought and will inspire you to change things around.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Neelambari Govindasamy

    A book on Delhi's educational policy and the changes and challenges it underwent.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Aditya Shandilya

    excellent read such a nice book... thought provoking... Finally we got someone who led by example and worked at ground level and delivered a result

  21. 4 out of 5

    Farooq

    A thorough analysis of the education revolution brought in the Delhi government schools. The wheel to change education system in the country is invented, other states just need to emulate the same.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Varun K

    A short guidebook on a millennial paradigm to education.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pradeep Karuturi

    Great read Meaning full approach followed by Delhi Govt to better the quality of education in New dimension. Enjoyed the book thoroughly

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rajeeb Baruah

    It's recommended for people who believe that education is the answer to many of our questions about the society. Wish the book had more details about the 'happiness class' and the 'entrepreneurship mindset curriculum'. Nevertheless, it's worth a read to understand the thought process behind the education reforms the Delhi Govt is trying to make.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sameer

    Education in schools was not given its due place in public discourse till now. The efforts of Delhi government in transforming the schools are commendable. This book shows how a committed team of politicians, officers and others could bring a change in the field as difficult as public education. There is hope, after all, for our education.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ved Prakash

    Disruptive and visionary. Education system in india has been in talks for a long time. And this book talks about aome of the experiments and visions that can change the state of the education system to a brighter light.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sahil Patil

    Great initiatives taken by him to revolutionise education in Delhi. Loved the book, tone of the book is simple and easy to read. After reading this book I couldn't stop myself reflecting on the condition of education in other states of the our country.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sadiq Kazi

    It may be a biased self-praising account of the initiatives taken by the author and Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi to transform Delhi's government schools, but even half of this is true or has had the impact that this book claims, this in itself should be the reason enough for AAP to return to power in February 2020 assembly elections. And then, even if the transformation happens in the field of education, AAP should become a more powerful force pan-India. This is my bias writing here, since my social It may be a biased self-praising account of the initiatives taken by the author and Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi to transform Delhi's government schools, but even half of this is true or has had the impact that this book claims, this in itself should be the reason enough for AAP to return to power in February 2020 assembly elections. And then, even if the transformation happens in the field of education, AAP should become a more powerful force pan-India. This is my bias writing here, since my social work is in the field of education, and I know how difficult it is to bring about a change for the better.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Harisankar

    This book is the story of a political party that probably for the first time in India puts education in the forefront of political discourse. It is inspiring, instills confidence in the government that it cares for the education of its students especially the ones who are underprivileged and cannot afford private education.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rohit Patel

    A while ago, my friends and I were discussing the role of education, basically what's it for? We agreed that the present education system came into being to meet the needs of industrialism and for the future, it won't be abe to serve us. But what we could not do was, come to a conclusion on what could be a good replacement for it. Basically we could not answer what was the true goal of education.And that may have been because we could not answer why we need education in the first place. I read a fe A while ago, my friends and I were discussing the role of education, basically what's it for? We agreed that the present education system came into being to meet the needs of industrialism and for the future, it won't be abe to serve us. But what we could not do was, come to a conclusion on what could be a good replacement for it. Basically we could not answer what was the true goal of education.And that may have been because we could not answer why we need education in the first place. I read a few books on this topic but still could not come up with a holistic answer. This book however changed that. It was arguably one of the most interesting book I have read on education. It rethinks the fundamental principals on which we are educating the future generations. And not only that, but it also supports those thoughts with actions at a massive scale in a city like Delhi. I had heard of the initiatives being taken in the Delhi government schools and had found it quite interesting, but had never given it a long thought.But reading the reasoning and the idea behind each initiative and the fact that these were thought of by the government just blew my mind. If you too have at some point, failed to see the point of our education system, or wondered what's its future should look like, I would suggest that you should read this book .

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