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Significance of Political Science for an emerging India

Dr V Yoga Jyotsna

boys2 Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and a galaxy of intellectuals envisioned a “developed India” by the year 2020. It envisaged a “major transformation of our national economy into a world-class economy; where the countrymen live above the poverty line, their education and health is of high standard, national security is reasonably assured… adequate attention is paid to the development of special human resource cadre in the country to meet these objectives.

Let’s look at the significance of Political Science in school to facilitate the creation of such a “knowledge society” within a “developed India.” The first part of this analysis relates to the abridged version of the vision statement for education envisaged by the Planning Commission, the second describes the scope of Political Science and the last section deals with the purpose and significance of Political Science for creating a better, more knowledgeable and developed India.

The author is Professor, Department of Political Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad. She can be reached at yogajyotsna@gmail.com.

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