India's opportunity in higher education

Let universities compete their way to quality - with complete autonomy to do so

Illustration: Binay Sinha
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Illustration: Binay Sinha

Naushad Forbes
The last four decades have seen rapid growth in our higher education system, raising the proportion of the relevant age group in higher education from 6 per cent to 26 per cent. In the mid 2000s, when growth peaked, India opened one engineering and management college each day. This growth has been highly skewed: In professional fields, in undergraduate education, and in the private sector.  The net effect of this skew is a massive quality problem.

Consider enrolment in undergraduate engineering programmes, which have grown over 40 times in 40 years.  

To even keep the quality of engineering education level at what
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First Published: Aug 27 2020 | 11:55 PM IST

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