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No Teacher No Class: State of the Education Report for India, 2021

Published annually, the ‘State of the Education Report for India' is one of the flagship publications of UNESCO's New Delhi Cluster Office.  The third edition entitled 'No Teacher, No Class: State of the Education Report for India, 2021' focuses on the theme of teachers, teaching and teacher education.  It attempts to provide an understanding of key aspects of the teaching profession, provides a profile on the teaching workforce of nearly 9.7 million, as well as the challenges they have encountered due to COVID-19 related to their teaching routine and professional development.

Students enjoy a physical education class. Rajkiya Intermediate College, Uttarakhand, India

State of the Education Report for India, 2021


Vocational Education First: State of the Education Report for India, 2020

The second edition of the State of Education Report, a flagship publication of UNESCO's New Delhi Cluster Office, focused on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). India's often cited demographic dividend, the aspirations of its youth and the skill requirements of the growing economy all hinge on a well-functioning TVET system for achieving an inclusive and equitable growth that will propel the country to the next phase of socio-economic development.

State of Education Report 2020

This Training cum Production Centre empowers women with livelihood opportunities under the American India Foundation’s Market Aligned Skills Training (MAST) programme. Rewari, Haryana, India

State of education report 2020
State of Education Report 2020

The PM’s National Council on Skill Development, as well as the NSDC, were set up in 2008 as part of a ‘Coordinated Effort on Skill Development’ approved by the Cabinet (PM–NCSD, 2008) 

State of education report 2020

Safety and Security in Schools

UNESCO aims to build global momentum to end bullying in schools by raising awareness of the issue and sharing ways to address and eliminate it. The safety and security of a child provides him/her with a secure learning environment.  Watch this short film on Anita as she raises her voice against violence. The film was jointly produced by the National Council of Educational, Research and Training (NCERT) in India.

H2oooh!- UNESCO's initiative #waterwise programme for students in India

UNESCO launched this programme across India to create water conservation awareness,  in partnership with the National Mission for Clean Ganga, the United Schools Organization (USO), Water Digest and India-based global animation organisation Toonz Media Group. The initiative encouraged school students aged between 6 and 14 years of age to submit story ideas for animated short films to raise awareness on water conservation and its sustainable use.  Watch the three winning entries:

Listen to Her (Short Film)

The 'Listen to Her' film, supported by UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNICEF and the South Asia Foundation (Mandanjeet Singh Foundation) creatively confronts issues that many women are grappling with during the COVID-19 pandemic in India, including an unprecedented increase in their workload and, at times, domestic violence, providing insights to strengthen engagement and a highlight solutions including helplines.

Listen to Her short film

Transforming Men'talities

UNESCO New Delhi's groundbreaking report entitled ‘Transforming MEN-talities', focuses on gender equality and masculinities in India.  The study sets out a vision and actions to tackle the persistent gender-based inequalities that women and girls face throughout their lives and aims to demystify gendered social roles and their origins. 

India report

#UNESCOsupportsArtists Campaign

The campaign, set within the framework of UNESCO’s global ResiliArt movement, was designed to promote awareness of the status of artists in India and South Asia (#ResiliArtSouthAsia) and to call upon solidarity with artists who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It features short videos from four eminent artists: Ms Geeta Chandra, Padma Shri Awardee Indian Classical Dancer; Mr Sanjoy Roy, Founder and Managing Director, Teamwork Arts; Ms Nandita Das, Indian actor and director; and Mr Arjun Sagar Gupta, Founder and Director, the Piano Man Group. 

Partnership with IHCL: Experiencing the Intangible Cultural Heritage of India - Pingla

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and UNESCO are coming together to promote sustainable tourism inspired by intangible cultural heritage, keeping local communities at the forefront and encouraging their means for sustainable development through inclusive tourism.  IHCL, as one of India's largest hospitality enterprises, and UNESCO, as the leading international agency with a dedicated mandate on culture, aim to develop ‘immersive’ tourism experiences that focus on intangible cultural heritage bearers, practitioners and local communities.


Following the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNESCO is collaborating with CEQUIN, a Indian NGO, to develop guidelines to jumpstart grassroots girls football in India. These images of girls and women in Jamia Nagar, a suburb in New Delhi, engaged in training and matches supported by the project - KICKSTART EQUALITY

Kickstart equality project
Kickstart equality project
Kickstart equality project

Best practices of community radio and Sustainable Development Goals: a handbook

UNESCO has a long history of promoting Community Radio (CR) as a medium of the people, by the people and for the people.  This publication is being produced by UNESCO New Delhi at an opportune time when the world is witnessing the devastating effects of COVID 19 pandemic.  It also includes infodemic, misinformation and disinformation which has brought the spotlight on the critical role fo media, such as CRs, must play to ensure that only credible content that is fact-checked and verified is made public.

India report

Indian culture and traditions

Discover Indian folklore and traditional arts:


A fusion of Sanskrit classicism and local traditions, the theatrical art form of Kutiyattam is more than 2000 years old. Originating from the province of Kerala, this genre is an amalgamation of stylized gestures and eye expressions. Kutiyattam practitioners undergo a decade of meticulous training to master breathing control and muscle movements of the eyes and face. A single performance may go on for 40 days, as the performer’s skill lies in the thorough details and elaboration involved in every episode. 

Ramlila, the traditional performance of Ramayana

A performance of the popular epic, Ramayana, Ramlila is literally referred as “Rama’s play”. Performed across northern India, the drama is based on Ramacharitmanas – one of the most well-known Indian form of story-telling. The play is a narrative of the time when Lord Rama fought Ravana and returned home to Ayodhya, from exile. During Dussehra, the entire village participates in the event, by either playing roles or by assisting in chores like make-up, lights and constructing effigies. It becomes a gleeful gathering of all, irrespective of caste, religion or age. 

Kalbelia Folk songs and dances of Rajasthan

Professional snake handlers of the Kalbelia community, have tried evoking their former occupations in dance and music in new creative ways. The women wear flowing black skirts and twirl, replicating a snake’s movement, while the men play woodwind instruments, formerly used to capture snakes. Kalbelia songs narrate mythological stories. Special traditional dances are also performed during the Holi festival. This art form has been transmitted through generations orally, as it has no related texts or training manuals!

Chhau Dance

A traditional dance form of Eastern India, Chhau is a depiction of epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata, local folklore and abstract themes. It has three distinct styles, hailing from Seraikella, Purulia and Mayurbhanj regions. Notably celebrated during the spring festival of Chaitra Parva, its origin can be traced to indigenous martial art and dance forms. The stylized movement techniques include mock combat techniques, bird and animal movements and some others that are shaped around the chores of village housewives. Accompanied by drums and musicals, Chhau is taught to male dancers from families of traditional artists and local communities. It binds together people from different ethnic and social backgrounds.

Chhau Dance
New Delhi


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