Private Higher Education in India

  • Jandhyala B. G. Tilak


An important feature of the very high rate of growth of higher education experienced in India, particularly since the beginning of the 1990s, is the alarming growth of private higher education. The size of the private sector is about twice that of the public sector in terms of the number of institutions and student enrolments. This has several consequences, some of which are already being felt. Apart from refuting several claimed advantages of private higher education, this chapter draws attention to the dangers involved in a high degree of dependence on the private sector for the development of higher education in a country like India.


Privatization Publicness in higher education Types of privatization Philanthropy Public sector Equity Public–private partnership 



28th Dr. Ramanatham Memorial Lecture 2013, organised by the People’s Union for Democratic Rights on 14 September 2013, New Delhi.


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