In India, few things open faster than colleges, but few sectors reform more slowly than higher education. Demographic changes, economic growth and integration into the global economy, the rising demand for higher education, and the increase in the number of private colleges have led to a massive expansion in Indian higher education. While challenges of access and cost have been long-standing, much of this expansion has been of dubious quality, the result of sustained and deep regulatory and governance failures.
This book analyses these and other complex challenges facing higher education in India, and suggests possible solutions to some of them. The contributors highlight a range of issues facing higher education today, through a deeply moving account of the decline of a college in north Bihar; discussions on the various types of post-secondary educational institutions—the research university, teaching colleges, and vocational training institutes; initiatives, such as community colleges, to address the problem of skill development in India; and the financing and governance of higher education in India.
Joining us as discussants will be Pankaj Chandra from Ahmedabad University, Apoorvanand Jha from the University of Delhi, Devesh Kapur from the University of Pennsylvania, and Pratap Bhanu Mehta from the Centre for Policy Research. The discussion will be moderated by Anubha Bhonsle from CNN News18.
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