Recent developments and past experiences suggest that Nalanda University will eventually become a failed experiment.
Madhvi Gupta and Pushkar
Women aspiring to be professors of economics, whether at universities in India or in the US, should know that the odds of becoming one are quite bad.
Academic inbreeding tends to be particularly pernicious in India because it not only discriminates against well-qualified outsiders, it also lends to discrimination against meritorious insiders.
The rise of even a few universities to among the world’s best will help India augment both its soft and hard power.
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.
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.