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Speaker: Leena Bhattacharya, PhD Economics, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research

Host: Nisha Vernekar, Lead and Senior Resident Fellow, Inclusive Education, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy

This interview series is produced by the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, under the Kotak-Karma Vidhi Inclusive Education programme. The Kotak-Karma Vidhi Inclusive Education programme is a CSR initiative by Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.

This interview series is based and born from Vidhi’s report, “Clearing the Air: A Synthesised Mapping of Out of School Children during COVID-19 in India (April 2020-May 2022)”. This report is produced under funding received from Voltas Limited, as part of their CSR Initiative.

Video design and editing by: Asad Ali (Instagram)

Illustration by: Hitesh Sonar

References/ Reading List

Status of migrant children’s education in India during COVID-19 

  3. Chandrasekhar, S., and Leena Bhattacharya. “Education of Children from Migrant Rural Households in India: Moving Towards a Coherent Policy Framework.” Background Paper Prepared for the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report (2018). Available here – 
  4. Bhattacharya, Leena. “Short-term migration and children’s school attendance: Evidence from rural India.” The Indian Journal of Labour Economics 62 (2019): 659-691. Available here – 
  5. Bhattacharya, Leena, and Shobhit Kulshreshtha. “The uneven access to technology among children: Evidence from India.” Background Paper (2022). Available here – 

Seasonal Hostels & COVID-19


Research Team: 

Aditya Narayan Rai, Avinash Reddy Pichhili, Kadambari Agarwal, Pooja Pandey, Nisha Vernekar (Inclusive Education Team, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy)

Karan Singhal (University of Luxembourg & Luxembourg Institute of Socioeconomic Research)

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