Higher Education International Scholarships and Social Change in India
This study reflects on why India has made limited investment in international higher education scholarship opportunities, particularly for those who are from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Against the backdrop of economic growth and middle-class expansion there is an ever-increasing and unmet demand for quality higher education. The study examines challenges in domestic higher-education provision that concern policymakers even as the government also fails to offer international academic opportunities to the country’s young generation. Instead, foreign donors and overseas universities are the primary source for Indians seeking scholarships for study abroad. Lack of home-country investment in international scholarships is a missed opportunity to build India’s economic competitiveness as well as a more equitable society. The chapter recommends that the government and the corporate sector should extend international scholarships to potential leaders from disadvantaged communities. This will help enhance India’s social capital and build a more robust and representative skilled workforce.
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