On Planning University Development: Shibboleths Versus Stylised Facts?

  • Jandhyala B. G. Tilak


Reflecting on the nature and pattern of development of universities in India and abroad and drawing lessons from the past and also contemporary scene, the chapter highlights a few major fallacies in planning university development, and contrasts them with available evidence. It has been found that the whole approach to planning university systems seems to be guided more by immediate, short term, narrow and pecuniary considerations and compulsions and by questionable presumptions and fallacious arguments rather than by long term and broad national and global considerations and theoretically sound and empirically valid research. It also emphasises the need to resurrect the idea of the ‘ideal’ university.


Basic education National knowledge commission Small universities Private universities Deemed universities Comprehensive universities Open universities Diversity Segmentation Teaching Research Distance education 



This is a revised version of the 15th Professor Suresh Chandra Shukla Memorial Lecture delivered in Jamia Millia Islamia on 16 March 2017. I am extremely grateful to the Vice Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia, Professor Talat Ahmad, the organisers of this Memorial Lecture and other friends at Jamia, for inviting me to deliver the lecture. The insightful comments and observations by C.T. Kurrien, Pravin Patel, Furqan Qamar, A. Mathew, M. Anandkrishnan and L.S. Ganesh on an earlier version of the lecture are gratefully acknowledged.


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