A commerce graduate of Rajasthan University, Damodar Prasad Goyal is president of the Society for Unaided Private Schools of Rajasthan (estb.1997). Under his leadership, the society challenged s. 12 (1) (c) of the RTE Act, 2009 which mandated that all private schools reserve 25 percent capacity in elementary school (class I- VIII) for poor children and provide them free-of-charge education with partial reimbursement from state governments. The society’s writ petition was partially upheld by the Supreme Court. Goyal is also management consultant to a large number of private schools across the country.
A strong advocate of enabling private schools, Goyal’s demands are backed by his pragmatic approach to problem solving. Speaking to EducationWorld’s Dipta Joshi, he not only presents his views on what’s wrong with the Indian education sector but puts forth his suggestions to set it right too.