This book focuses on the provision of basic social services, in particular, access to education, as the central building blocks of any human development strategy and it also signifies a substantial contribution towards the central role of education in social mobility. In examining the impact of educational development of any society or group, the questions that the proponents of egalitarian approach ask are: Who benefits? Who loses? What is the resulting socio-economic status of the people? Although gender inequality in education is not so prominent in Kerala, the difference between communities and classes is one of the critical aspects of this broader phenomenon of disparity in Kerala. Recent studies regarding poverty and inequality show that although poverty is declining, inequality between socio-economic groups is increasing in Kerala. In this scenario, the educational backwardness of the socio-economic groups in Kerala is a matter of particular concern to the policy makers and this book hopes to provide some insight into this subject. It will be highly useful to policy makers, administrators and academicians.
P T Thomas is a human development economist, with a degree from St Thomas College, Thrissur, Kerala, and a doctorate from Cochin University of Science and Technology. He was an Associate Professor (1980-2010) in the postgraduate Department of Economics, St Thomas College, Thrissur. For the last twenty years he has worked on the human impact of macroeconomic policy. He received the “Award of Emeritus Fellowship” from the University Grants Commission for the period 2013-15. As a keen researcher, he has published a book – Land Market, Housing and Urban Growth Process – and is now currently working on yet another book – Fiscal Decentralisation and Economic Development: The Indian Experience. This book is the revised version of a Major Project Report, Entitlement to Education, Intergenerational Mobility and Social Development: The Kerala Experience, submitted to the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.