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

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The Pitfalls of Privatisation of Higher Education

Critics of Karnataka's private universities bills, that were passed recently by the legislature, have focused on the basis on which they have been passed as well as the lack of regulatory frameworks for the functioning of the universities. Besides these very valid concerns, we need to refl ect on what else is implied in the increasing privatisation of higher education and why is it important to discuss it in a broader context.

The private universities bills passed recently in both houses of the Karnataka legislature will allow 13 new private universities to come up. That they have been passed without discussion in both houses has drawn some attention which has focused largely on the basis on which the bills have been approved and the lack of regulatory frameworks for their functioning. However, other issues need to enter the discussion in order to add to our understanding of the implications of increased privatisation on the education of young adults.

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