Children in India: Opportunities and Challenges

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Seema Puri, PhD (Editor) – Associate Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Series: India: Economic, Political and Social Issues
BISAC: EDU000000
DOI: https://doi.org/10.52305/RGWU1645

This publication focuses on the situation, opportunities and challenges in providing children an optimal environment for growth and development in India. Issues like early childhood care and education, nutrition opportunities through infancy, and physical and mental health of children are explored. An attempt has also been made to shed light on emerging challenges such as child development amidst pandemics like COVID-19, the increasing influence of media in the child’s development, and tackling the triple burden of malnutrition. Implementation of related policies and programs, both by governmental and non-governmental agencies, has been detailed for lessons learnt.

The contributors to this edition are experienced researchers, practitioners, and academicians with extensive work in their respective areas of expertise. There is a good representation from different parts of the country which gives the reader a flavor of the regional diversity while dealing with children and their issues.

The book provides a comprehensive updated reference for the scientific community. In addition, students and researchers in public health, social work, epidemiology, community medicine, public nutrition, human development, anthropology and sociology are the target audience. Stakeholders involved in policy planning, program implementation and advocacy will also benefit from this publication.

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Table of Contents

Preface

List of Contributors

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1. Childhoods in India
(Mridula Bajaj – Consultant, Child Development, Delhi, India)

Chapter 2. Child Protection in India: From Silos to Systems
(Geeta Chopra – Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

Chapter 3. Nurturing Care and Early Child Development in the Integrated Child Development Services
(Sylvia Fernandez Rao, Vahini Raidu, Maureen Black – Behavioural Science Unit- Extension and Training Division, National Institute of Nutrition, Indian Council of Medical Research, Hyderabad, India, et al.)

Chapter 4. Early Childhood Education and School Readiness: An Indian Perspective
(Renu Gulati, Veenu Wadhwa – Department of Human Development and Childhood Studies, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

Chapter 5. Universalising Elementary Education in India: A Policy Overview of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan
(Nidhi Gulati, Manish Jain, Chanchal Chauhan – Department of Elementary Education, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, et al.)

Chapter 6. Supporting Mental Health in Children and Adolescents: Exploring the Link between Food Intake and Mental Well-Being
(Bani Tamber Aeri, Preeti Khanna – Department of Food and Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India, et al.)

Chapter 7. Double and Triple Burden of Malnutrition: The Emerging Nutritional Crisis in India
(Richa Malik, Seema Puri – Research Nutritionist and Consultant, Delhi, India, et al.)

Chapter 8. Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Laying the Foundation for the Future of Indian Children
(Urvashi Mehlawat, Seema Puri – Department of Food and Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

Chapter 9. Childhood Obesity in India: A Public Health and Nutrition Menace
(Shweta Khandelwal, Barkha Sachdeva – Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi NCR, India, et al.)

Chapter 10. Media and Marketing: Iniquitous Influence on Children’s Diets
(SubbaRao M. Gavaravarapu, Archana Konapur – Nutrition Information, Communication and Health Education (NICHE) Division, ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR-NIN), Hyderabad, India)

Chapter 11. Poshan Abhiyaan: A Movement to Combat Malnutrition in India
(Supreet Kaur, Alok Kuma – Health and Nutrition Division, NITI Aayog, New Delhi, India, et al.)

Chapter 12. COVID-19 and Its Impact on Children
(Seema Puri – Department of Food and Nutrition, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

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