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School Without Walls by Madan Mohan Jha

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION

On the eve of the launch of the first edition of School Without Walls in 2002, I made an oblique reference to the Common School System (CSS) and its nexus with the concept and strategies of Inclusive Education (IE). Following the release function, I received a number of calls from colleagues in the academic community to express their surprise (and satisfaction) on hearing about CSS from a ‘bureaucrat’! Since then, it has been my endeavour to convey the idea of CSS and IE interchangeably through seminars, conferences and articles.

My long sabbatical at Oxford since October 2002 to undertake further research on IE with fieldwork in India gave a boost to my efforts to bring the issue of CSS at the centre stage among ...

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