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The Holy GrailIndia's Quest for Universal Elementary Education$
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R.V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463473.001.0001

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Crucible of Fire

Crucible of Fire

(p.504) XVII Crucible of Fire
The Holy Grail

R.V. Vaidyanatha Ayyar

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This chapter describes the fiery ordeal of getting on board Madhya Pradesh, the state to which Arjun Singh the Union Minster of Education belonged. This is a good case study of the challenges of indirect management and of agency problem. While the MHRD was accountable to the funding agencies for efficient design and implementation of the programme in Madhya Pradesh it could not act on its own but had to depend on the State Government for developing and implementing the programme, and the State Government officials were unwilling to abide by the parameters of DPEP even though it was a predominantly centrally funded programme. The challenges were aggravated by the fact that the State Government was attempting to harness the positional power of the Union Minister of Education.

Keywords:   DPEP, European Community, Madhya Pradesh, Arjun Singh, Digvijay Singh

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