Posted at The Chronicle of Higher Education by By SHAILAJA NEELAKANTAN Mon, Jan 15 2007:

India needs to increase its number of universities to 1,500 by 2015, from 350 now, an advisory body said in a report released to the public on Friday. Such an increase is necessary to raise the proportion of 18- to 24-year-olds entering higher-education institutions to at least 15 percent, up from 7 percent now, which is only half the average for Asia, according to the report from the National Knowledge Commission.

There is a “quiet crisis in higher education in India that runs deep,” says the report, which was sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the end of November. It calls for “a systematic overhaul” of the nation’s universities so that much larger numbers of people can be educated without diluting academic standards.

The commission, whose recommendations are nonbinding, was formed in June 2005 to advise the prime minister on issues relating to the production, use, and dissemination of knowledge. In a letter sent to the prime minister along with the report, Sam Pitroda, the commission’s chairman, said the body had consulted with a wide range of people in academe, government, and industry to formulate the report.

The report recommends several changes that it says will be needed to transform India into a knowledge economy and society. (read more here)

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NKC recommendations on Higher Education

NKC note on Higher Education

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