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Indian Adult Education

Nature volume 142, page 786 (29 October 1938) | Download Citation



FROM the National Adult School Union we have received a copy of an appeal by its International Committee for funds to assist in the development of adult education work in India. The appeal is countersigned by Mr. Banning Richardson, as president of the Indian Adult Education Society and honorary general secretary, All-India Adult Education Conference Committee. This committee has undertaken to investigate all the adult education activities which are being carried on in India and to call a conference for the early part of 1939. Annexed to the appeal is a leaflet which mentions, as indicative of the character of the work now carried on by the Indian Adult Education Society: the teaching of improved methods of handicrafts to undergraduates of the University of Delhi with the intention that during the vacations this instruction should be passed on to their rural relations and friends ; “literacy work”; a regular service of rural broadcasting ; the teaching of scholastic subjects to matriculates, who have not been able to continue their studies at a university ; and the giving of instruction to members in their own religion by the most capable believer in that faith available. Of this last, it is claimed that an improved relationship between the followers of the different religions has resulted. Nothing is said about the utilization of the movement as an instrument of political propaganda, but reference is made to the fact that in the Central Provinces, recently described in The Hindu as “a thoroughly congress-minded province”, the Minister of Education and Vice-Chancellor of the University have associated themselves with it.

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