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Higher Education in India - The Need for Change

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  • Pawan Agarwal

    (Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations)

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    Higher education in India suffers from several systemic deficiencies. As a result, it continues to provide graduates that are unemployable despite emerging shortages of skilled manpower in an increasing number of sectors. The standards of academic research are low and declining. Some of the problems of the Indian higher education, such as the unwieldy affiliating system, inflexible academic structure, uneven capacity across various subjects, eroding autonomy of academic institutions, and the low level of public funding are well known. Many other concerns relating to the dysfunctional regulatory environment, the accreditation system that has low coverage and no consequences, absence of incentives for performing well, and the unjust public funding policies are not well recognised. Driven by populism and in the absence of good data, there is little informed public debate on higher education in India.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22139.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2006
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    Keywords: reforms in education; Quality assurance in education; funding of higher education; Regulating Higher Education;

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