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Rapid Growth of Private Universities

Over the last two decades India has witnessed a rapid rise in the number of private universities. Various state governments have encouraged and justified this growth in order to increase enrolment in higher education, and private capital has welcomed this state encouragement. However, the implications of this move on access to higher education and the variety of other challenges that it presents are debated. Based on higher education enrolment data from the All India Survey on Higher Education, this paper attempts to study the social and academic character of universities to understand the consequences of the rapid growth of private universities for the university space as a whole.

Faculty Development Training and Quality of Higher Education

The University Grants Commission introduced the Academic Staff Orientation Scheme in 1987 to set up academic staff colleges (now rechristened as human resource development centres). While the scheme is still operational, courses offered under it are hardly contributing towards quality improvement in higher education.
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