Higher Education in India at a Crossroads: The Imperative for Transcending Stagnation and Embracing Innovation

  • Sharad Sarin, Nikhilesh Dholakia
  • January 2016, Nature Publishing Group
  • DOI: 10.1057/9781137388728_4

Higher-ed in India is a Mega Challenge: Review and Recommendations

What is it about?

This paper (chapter in a book on global university-industry-government links) looks at the very complex and challenging situation of the fast-growing (but stymied, on many fronts) higher educational sector in India. A treatment this short, of course, is only a starting point. But, as authors, we have provided the necessary material to grasp the challenges and to embark on courses of action.

Why is it important?

With one of the youngest populations and a burgeoning workforce that needs massive educational inputs, this paper is important in terms of: (a) reviewing the complex situation of India, (b) identifying main challenges, (c) suggesting courses of action for the higher education sector of India.


Dr Nikhilesh Dholakia
University of Rhode Island

Those interested in India in particular should contact Prof. Sharad Sarin at XLRI, Jamshedpur, India. Those interested in the issues of global university-industry-government links in general should contact one of the editors of the book, Dr. Romeo V. Turcan of Aalborg University, Denmark.

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