Sex Education in India Subpar

There are two aspects of sex education — one straightforward the other complex. On one hand we have the biological nature of sexuality and gender, which for the most part, can be effectively explained within schools objectively and without too much controversy. The other issue, the one dealing with the physical impulses and feelings associated with sex pose much greater problems especially in a still sexually restrictive culture. This conflict leads to a state where students become adequately educated to what hormones are and how they work without getting guidance on how to deal with them in everyday life.

A recent study has shown that less than one-tenth of young men and women in Bihar and Jharkhand have ever received any kind of sex education. The rest of the country isn’t far behind, either: only 12 percent of young men and 25 percent of young women in Maharashtra have any knowledge of family life and/or sex.

My India Report attempts unpackages this disconnect briefly

Despite the fact that the youth wants sex education, and wants it from their teachers, states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have banned it from the curriculum. The problem isn’t that sex is considered dirty, it’s that only married people are allowed to get dirty. The study reveals that even people who are supposed to provide sex education prefer to talk to married couples and are uncomfortable dealing with queries from unmarried people. The socio-cultural taboos run deep.

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Hello Indimoto

In an effort to address rising pollution levels, traffic congestion and overall convenience, Indimoto.com is a carpooling matching site that allows for commuters to find other people in their area to share rides with. With the recent unveiling of the Tata Nano, this website may become a necessary evil stemming from insane traffic congestion.

Avashya posted the press release for the company here.

More than anything, the recent surge in this website’s popularity highlights a larger concern — the overall lack of well run, efficient public transportation that caters to the increasingly common urban commuter that needs to be able to easily travel to and from an urban center for employment.

Another glaring shortcoming on the part of the Indian government appears to be any means to encourage such cooperative behavior.

There is as yet no Government support for organised carpooling in India unlike developed countries like USA, Canada, Australia etc which have various incentives to promote ridesharing such as dedicated lanes for HOV (High Occupancy Vehicles), reserved parking lots and lower toll charges etc.

Private Sector Powerless to Help

Regardless of one’s opinion on nuclear power itself, one aspect that most people should be capable to agree upon is the notion that in order for its positive benefits to reach into the rural areas and bring energy to untapped regions of India, the private sector must be allowed to participate in its development.However, it seems here that the central government has dropped the ball with rumors predicting that such private side involvement will not be able to occur until 2014:

The Hindu reports:

NEW DELHI: The private sector will not be allowed to enter the civilian nuclear power segment for at least another seven years, according to a top government official.The private sector’s entry is conditional on a separate set of rules for the country strategic programme and other alterations in the Atomic Energy Act. “Work is in progress and is at varying stages. This means that the private sector will not get an opportunity till 2014,” said the official who did not wish to be quoted.

The importance of private-public partnerships cannot be understated with regard to accelerating the pace of development and also for its ability to levarge private side innovation with public side guidance. The government’s inability to hammer out the details in this issue will severly hamper the prositive benefits that an expanded civilian nuclear program hopes to provide.