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Some Issues in Higher Education

A huge gap in the supply of higher education and demand for it has encouraged private sector participation, but a rigorous regulatory mechanism has to ensure high standards and affordability. More alarming is the serious shortage of faculty in institutions of higher learning, unequal access to the institutions, the non-availability of textbooks in Indian languages and students who are ill-equipped to handle the rigours of college education.

Higher education is the flavour of the season; there is scarcely a day when it does not feature on the front pages of newspapers – the I­ndian Institute of Technology (IIT) admission fracas, the stratospheric cut-offs announced for admission to the University of Delhi, the foreign education providers’ bill, and so forth.

While these issues are obviously important, there are some aspects of the higher education scenario in India that have not caught the imagination of the mass media in ways that others have. Maybe these issues have never been highlighted because of the English-speaking elite bias of newspaper and television r­eporting.

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