Dissertation Abstracts

Sociological Study of Continuing Education Programme-with special reference to Nainital District of Uttarakhand

Author: Paliwal, Deepak , dipaksociology@gmail.com
Department: Sociology
University: Kumaun University, India
Supervisor: Prof Bhagwan S Bisht
Year of completion: In progress
Language of dissertation: English

Keywords: Education
Areas of Research: Social Transformations and Sociology of Development , Community Research , Social Movements, Collective Action and Social Change


The present study has been conducted in the district Nainital of Uttarakhand state, India, so a brief
background of literacy programme and its impact on the beneficiaries are presented here. In order to remove the literacy and develop technical skills among those who are unable to be part of formal education, Govt of India launched a number of literacy programmes to upgrade the literacy rate and enhance the technical skills of the beneficiaries based on their intersest. In the present study,Continuing education programme a progarmme for the neo-liteartes (means those who have
completed the basic literacy progarmme) i.e TLC & PLP of National Literacy Mission has been
specially selected for study to make an assessment of it success and failures in the selected area of study.As we know Literacy and education always remain an area of concern for our policy makers,academicians and social scientist. Education is empowerment, vital and pervasive force in all aspect of life. It moulds all of us an individual and as a society. The contribution of basic learning skills and awareness has to be adequately appreciated in terms of human rights, peace, improved health,poverty eradication and protection of the environment(S K Pant 1998). Education is an indispensable component of Human Resource Development. Education and development are
interrelated as education is a process and development is its product. Hence good education
promotes development. Development is no longer being conceived in terms of economic growth but it is regarded as a communication process. Social justice is as important as economic development;therefore development must take care of all social, economic, political, cultural and spiritual aspects of a person and a community. There are varied goals of development but the progress is achieved only when social change is generated and new social structure is created by the people’s organization fighting oppressive forces, creating awareness about the realities of life, providing relevant knowledge and skills required for improving the quality of life , developing people’s capabilities to analyze critically social reality, helping people discover their cultural identity ,bringing about attitudinal changes conductive to development, motivating people for planning and implementing action programme to achieve these goals (Nahid Ruhee 1999).