The many structural flaws in India’s higher education system

By - December 5, 2019

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December 5, 2019

The furore surrounding fee hikes at the Jawaharlal Nehru University has spurred deeper questions about the quality of university education. India’s higher education system is structurally flawed and underfunded. This crisis will affect innovation and human capital, the two pillars of labour productivity and GDP growth, while cheating India’s largest demographic of its potential.

The mammoth system deserves better than the superficial data that is being bandied about. For example, a surge in women’s enrolment has been much-talked about but this does not necessarily imply better outcomes. The latest ‘India Skills Report’ suggests that only 47% of Indian graduates are employable — a problem exacerbated by startlingly low faculty figures.

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