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Delhi’s “Chunauti” education scheme based on Abhijit Banerjee’s work: Kejriwal

October 15, 2019

Nobel Economics Prize winner Abhijit Banerjee was the inspiration behind the Delhi government’s education reform scheme “Chunauti”. The scheme puts a check on dropout rate of the students, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday, October 14.

He added, “Abhijit Banerjee’s pathbreaking work has also benefitted lakhs of children studying in Delhi govt schools. One of Delhi govt’s most imp education reform ‘Chunauti’ has transformed govt school classroom teaching. It is based on the model developed by him.”

“Big day for every Indian. Heartiest congratulations to eminent economist Abhijit Banerjee for being among the winners of this year’s Nobel prize for Economics. Work on poverty alleviation gets highest endorsement (sic),” Mr Kejriwal said in a series of tweets.

The Delhi government had introduced the scheme in 2016 seeking to check dropout of the students and improve education quality with special focus on the weakest students. The government announced that a subsequent version of the scheme ‘Chunauti 2018’ under which students are mapped and the weakest among them are given “special focus” to enhance their learning levels from Class 6 to 8.

Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo and another economist Michael Kremer jointly won the 2019 Nobel Economics Prize “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty”.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia also congratulated Banerjee for his work for school education and poor children. He said the Delhi government derived a lot of inspiration from him and there was a good understanding with him.

Source: PTI

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