Table of contents

  1. Yoshitaka Tanaka, Myat Myat Khine
  2. Baela Jamil, Manzoor Ahmed, Sakar Pudasaini
  3. Harsha Aturupane, Angela W. Little
  4. Prachi Srivastava, Robyn Read
  5. Amita Chudgar, Monazza Aslam
  6. Tara Béteille, Ashutosh Bhuradia, Prashant Loyalka
  7. Archana Mehendale, Rahul Mukhopadhyay
  8. Michael Anthony Samuel, Hyleen Mariaye
  9. Monazza Aslam, Shenila Rawal, Geeta Kingdon
  10. Rhonda Di Biase, Ahmed Ali Maniku

About this book


This handbook is an important reference work in understanding education systems in the South Asia region, their development trajectory, challenges and potential. The handbook includes the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries for discussion---Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka---while also considering countries such as Myanmar and the Maldives that have considerable shared history in the region. Such a comparative perspective is largely absent within the literature given the present paucity of intra-regional interaction.

South Asian education systems are viewed primarily through a development lens in terms of inequalities, challenges and responses. However, the development of modern institutions of education and the challenges that it faces requires cultural and historical understanding of indigenous traditions as well as indigenous modern thinkers and education movements. Therefore, this encompassing reference w

ork covers indigenous education traditions, formal education systems, including school and preschool education, higher and professional education, education financing systems and structures, teacher education systems, addressing huge linguistic and other diversities, and marginalization within the formal education system, and pedagogy and curricula. All the countries in this region have their own unique geographical, cultural, economic and political character and histories of interest and significance, and have responded to common issues such as overcoming the colonial legacy, language diversity, or girls’ education, or minority rights in education, in uniquely different ways. The sections therefore include country-specific perspectives as far as possible to highlight these issues. Internationally renowned specialists of South Asian education systems have contributed to this important reference work, making it an invaluable resource for researchers and students of education interested in South Asia.  


history of education in South Asia British colonial education indigenous knowledge alternative education systems formal and informal schooling structures of school education higher education systems education financing state funding in education teacher education pedagogic cultures learner diversity multilingual education poverty and education STEM education national curricular frameworks curriculum reform

Editors and affiliations

  • Padma M. Sarangapani
    • 1
  • Rekha Pappu
    • 2
  1. 1.Tata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Tata Institute of Social SciencesHyderabadIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3309-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2570-2262
  • Series Online ISSN 2570-2270