South Asia Center Presents: Profiting from the Poor: Global Philanthropy and Education Markets in India

S Kamat HeadshotOn Tuesday, March 26th the South Asia Center is thrilled to welcome Sangeeta Kamat, Professor of Comparative and International Education at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Ms. Kamat will discuss how the privatization and commercialization of education has entered a new and dangerous phase in India. India is considered a prime emerging market for for-profit schools for the poor and multinational companies, corporate philanthropy, private equity firms and wealth investors are leading the financing and managing of school education on a scale hitherto unimaginable. Professor Kamat’s research in Hyderabad asks: How are global corporate actors involved in K-12 education? How are these powerful actors changing education and the teaching profession in fundamental ways an what should we do about it?

Sangeeta Kamat is Professor of Comparative and International Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. An interdisciplinary scholar, she has published critical essays on NGOs, international aid, neoliberalism, educational inequality and the rise of Hindu nationalism in India. She is co-author of 'Profiting from the Poor: The Emergence of Multinational Edu-businesses in Hyderabad, India' and PI of a collaborative project ‘Inclusive Universities: Linking Diversity, Equity and Excellence for the 21st Century'. She is working on a book on ‘New Geographies of Power: Globalization, Education and Uneven Development in Hyderabad India’. 

This lecture will take place at 12:30pm at the Sharon Jacquet Education Commons, Huntington Hall and is free and open to the public. We hope that you'll join us!