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Sangeeta G. Kamat

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Carol Anne Spreen and Sangeeta Kamat

“Profiting from the poor” lays out the broad underpinnings of the corporate interests in for-profit education in India and how these efforts undermine public education as a fundamental human right in flagrant violation of India’s Right to Education Act. The chapter provides a detailed understanding of how the commercialization of education through scalable chains of schools and selling educational products and services unfolds on the ground in Hyderabad. The location of a very strong information technology (IT) industry in Hyderabad offered the ideal conditions for the development of a vast edu-solutions laboratory that could provide products and services to both the private and public school sectors. The study documents the expansive and growing private education sector in India revealing a complex well-networked assemblage of global actors that are invested in the business of education privatization and who stand to make a considerable profit from it. With 68.7 per cent of the Indian population earning below US$2 a day and 41.6 per cent of population earning below US$1.25 a day, the push toward private schools for the poor is a matter of serious concern.