ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Transition in Higher Education Policy

The serious concerns raised by Jandhyala B G Tilak that the transition in the policy directions for expansion of higher education in the country is being guided by the neo-liberal market forces indeed reflect the hard realities of global “consumerism” engulfi ng the so-called “not-for-profi t” education sector (“Higher Education Policy in India in Transition”, EPW, 31 March 2012).

One could see it coming sooner or later with the opening up of the economy in the last two decades. However, the problem lies not so much in allowing private participation in higher education as in monitoring and controlling them. If the proliferation of substandard higher/professional “educational shops” could not be checked in the last one decade or so despite a plethora of legislative measures and the many accreditation system and bodies, it puts a serious question on the working of these bodies, all of which are public institutions.

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