Advertisement

Asia Pacific Education Review

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 503–510 | Cite as

India’s higher education challenges

  • Philip G. Altbach
Article

Abstract

India, with the world’s second largest higher education system and a rapidly growing economy as one of the BRIC nations, faces significant challenges in building both capacity and excellence in higher education. India’s higher education system is characterized by “islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity.” The mainstream universities are recognized as lacking in quality. Only the Indian Institutes of Technology and related institutions garner international recognition. This article analyzes the challenges facing India’s higher education system in the twenty-first century.

Keywords

Indian higher education University reform India Higher education expansion Indian Institute of Technology 

References

  1. Agarwal, P. (2009). Indian higher education: Envisioning the future. New Delhi: Sage.Google Scholar
  2. Altbach, P. G. (1979). The distorted guru: The college teacher in Bombay. In P. G. Altbach & S. Chitnis (Eds.), The Indian academic profession. Delhi: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  3. Altbach, P. G. (2006). Tiny at the top. Wilson Quarterly (Autumn, 2006): pp. 49–51.Google Scholar
  4. Altbach, P G. (2007). The imperial tongue: English as the dominating academic language. Economic and Political Weekly (September 8): 3608–11.Google Scholar
  5. Altbach, Philip G., & N. Jayaram. (2010). Can India garner the demographic dividend? Hindu (December 8): 10.Google Scholar
  6. Altbach, P. G., Reisberg, L., Yudkevich, M., Androushchak, G., & Pacheco, I. F. (Eds.). (2012). Paying the professoriate: A global comparison of compensation and contracts. New York: Routlege.Google Scholar
  7. Ashby, E. (1966). Universities: British, Indian, African: A study in the ecology of higher education. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press.Google Scholar
  8. Carnoy, M., Loyalka, P., Dobryakova, M., Dossani, R., Froumin, I., Kuhns, K., et al. (2013). University expansion in a changing global economy: Triumph of the BRICS?. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Jayaram, N. (2003). The fall of the guru: The decline of the academic profession in India. In P. G. Altbach (Ed.), The decline of the guru: The academic profession in the Third World. New York: Palgrave.Google Scholar
  10. Kaur, K. (2003). Higher education in India: 1781–2003. New Delhi: University Grants Commission.Google Scholar
  11. National Knowledge Commission. (2007). Report to the nation. New Delhi: National Knowledge Commission.Google Scholar
  12. Patel, Pravin. J. (2012). Academic underperformance of Indian universities, incompatible academic culture, and the societal context. Social Change, 42, 9–29.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Rashtriya Uchchartar Shiksha Abhiyan (National Higher Education Mission). 2013. New Delhi: Ministry of Human Resource Development.Google Scholar
  14. Saxenian, A. L. (2006). The new argonauts: Regional advantage in a global economy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Education Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for International Higher EducationBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

Personalised recommendations