"Aser" means impact in Hindustani. ASER Centre works towards providing the answers to a key question: Are social sector programs leading to desired outcomes? In other words, is public expenditure effectively leading towards stated goals?
While large sums of money continue to be channeled into social sector programs in education, health, nutrition, and livelihood, there is lack of information on how these investments translate into outcomes on the ground.
In India and abroad, the findings of ASER and ASER like initiatives are leading to change.
According to a study published online by Dr. Wilima Wadhwa of Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), enrolment in private schools in 2008 was 22.6 per cent. While this figure is likely to have increased since, over 70-75 per cent of our children still attend government schools.