A History of the Indian University System

Emerging from the Shadows of the Past

  • Surja Datta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
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  4. Surja Datta
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 153-163

About this book


This book provides an explanation of the nature of the Indian university system, including its specificities and its peculiarities as well as exploring how they developed. It offers a historical and institutional perspective by singling out the forces that have shaped the present Indian higher education system. Bridging the pre-independence and the post-independence eras, the book illustrates the continuities as well as the differences between the two epochs. It makes a compelling case for the idea that history matters, and an understanding of India’s history is crucial to understanding the present day Indian university scene. Using multiple paradigmatic case studies, based on the University of Calcutta, the Indian Institute of Science, and the Indian Statistical Institute, the book highlights the dominant ideologies and interests that have shaped the university system since its inception in 1857. It will be of great importance to students and scholars of history and education, particularly those with an interest in the history of India and its education system.


India Higher Education History of Education comparative education sociology of education

Authors and affiliations

  • Surja Datta
    • 1
  1. 1.Oxford Brookes UniversityOxfordUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-53570-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-53571-9
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