Investment in Children: Some Aspects
D. Paul Chowdhry
Investment in Children: Some Aspects by Alfred D’Souza Manohar Publications, New Delhi, 1979, 261 pp., 70.00
Sept-Oct 1979, volume 4, No 2

Since the child is the adult of tomor­row, we have to make necessary invest­ments in building up this human capital. If steel mills, dams, factories, roads, bridges, nuclear and electronic devices are necessary prerequisites for progress and development, then the human mat­erial which builds, maintains and utilizes these assets is important. Whether we use a plough­—improved or traditional—or a tractor for agriculture, it is ulti­mately the man using it who has to be given importance. Child development is thus the foundation of the development process.

Child welfare being part of social welfare in India, emphasis has always been laid on welfare measures that cater to the needs of the delinquent, the desti­tute and the handicapped children. In a country like India with meagre state resources, widespread poverty, ignorance, and lack of social services, even the normal child is in a sense handicapped. Child development, recognized as part of social welfare programmes, needs a multi­disciplinary approach. Integrated services such as health check-up, immunization, nutrition, drinking water, environmental sanitation, maternity and child welfare services including family welfare, educa­tion and recreational programmes con­stitute child development, which is the concern of the Social Welfare Depart­ment. Though child development has been the concern of medical and social welfare, home science and education dis­ciplines, these have not individually cont­ributed adequately to the development of children, particularly of pre-school age.

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