At the national level, India seems intent on raising the gross enrolment ratio without considering if it will be sustainable as well as maintain a good standard of quality.
Madhvi Gupta and Pushkar
The political will of a government is intimately tied to the willingness and ability of citizens to take the government to task either by mobilising against it or by voting it out of power.
Somehow commonly-held views about the benefits of a college degree remain in vogue in India even though reports have drawn attention to the low levels of employability of college graduates.
The obstacles that students from low-income groups face in obtaining a college degree hollows out the argument about higher education being a ‘great equaliser’.
The dismal state of India’s higher education sector can be explained both as a failing of top-down initiatives and near-absence of bottom-up pressures.