ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Beech ka Raasta

Practices in the Primary Education Bureaucracy

This field study from Sirohi district, Rajasthan, reveals that, faced with staff shortages, resource constraints and mountains of paperwork, officials and teachers of the primary education department employ a variety of innovations that they term beech ka raasta to deal with challenges and meet targets. This article examines the strategies employed by the lower-level bureaucracy to get the job done in the jugaad framework, suggesting that these tactics are not employed to subvert policy but rather to implement it in the spirit of seva.

I am grateful to my professors, Suraj Jacob and Narayana Gatty, for permitting me to conduct this independent study, and for their support and guidance. I am also grateful to Anuj Joshi, who carried out the fi eldwork jointly with me, and to his family for their assistance during our stay in Rajasthan. The fi eld study was facilitated by the Azim Premji Foundation offi ce in Sirohi, and I acknowledge the support of Rakesh Tewary, Ritesh Singh, Narenderji and other APF staff members. The anonymous reviewer’s comments and feedback on the paper were very useful. I have also benefi ted from Sujatha Rao’s comments on the paper and thank Udrina Dafton, the librarian at APU, for help in accessing journal articles. I also owe a big thank you to my parents and my friend Arjun Dutta, for their constant support and encouragement.

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