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A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education

A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education
Essays by Philip G Altbach

Edited by:
  • Pawan Agarwal - CEO, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India

October 2012 | 628 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education features a select collection of writings on Indian higher education by Professor Philip G. Altbach. Professor Altbach's research papers and articles on Indian higher education—published in journals, periodicals, newspapers and books worldwide—not only established him as a noted expert on Indian higher education but also inspired numerous studies in this area.

This volume, edited by Pawan Agarwal, brings together 34 seminal writings of Professor Altbach on universities and colleges, knowledge production and distribution, academic profession, globalization and open-door policies, academic publishing, campus politics and comparative studies on Indian and Chinese systems. The articles provide an invaluable access to the various issues that have profoundly shaped India's higher education system during the last five decades. They give a comprehensive reading of the development of higher education in post-Independence India in a simple yet gripping style and affirm Professor Altbach's enduring commitment to this area.

The book includes in-depth reflective articles for each of its seven sections by well-known experts on higher education. It also features an insightful interview with Professor Altbach that illuminates many vital areas of higher education worldwide.

Foreword Narendra Jadhav
Introduction Philip G Altbach
Challenges of Modernisation in Higher Education Fazal Rizvi
The Permanent Crisis of Indian Higher Education  
Problems of University Reform  
Higher Education and Modernization: The Indian Case  
The Dilemma of Change in Indian Higher Education  
A World-Class Country without World-Class Higher Education: India's 21st Century Dilemma  
Tiny at the Top  
Vedanta University: A Flawed Pipe Dream  
Can India Garner the Demographic Dividend? (with N Jayaram)  
Whither the Academic Profession in India N Jayaram
In Search of Saraswati: The Ambivalence of the Indian Academic  
The Distorted Guru: The College Teacher in Bombay  
The State and Higher Education: An Uneasy Relationship M Anandakrishnan
Bombay Colleges  
The University Context  
Book Publishing in a Developing Regional Culture: The Case of Maharashtra, India  
Progressive State (with Eldho Mathews)  
Temples and World-Class Universities  
Right Concept, Wrong Place  
Altbach on Globalisation and Open-door Policies K B Powar  
Beware of the Trojan Horse  
Towards Creation of World-Class Universities (with N Jayaram)  
Is Open Door in Higher Education Desirable?  
The Global Academic Revolution: Implications for India  
Deconstructing the Imperium: Publishing, Language Question, and the Future of Indian Higher Eucation Arvind Radhakrishnan
Book Publishing in a Developing Regional Culture: The Case of Maharashtra, India  
Neocolonialism and Indian Publishing  
Publishing in Developing Countries: India as a Case Study  
Centre and Periphery: The Case of India  
The Imperial Tongue: English as the Dominating Academic Language  
Student Movement: Now and Then K N Panikkar
The Transformation of the Indian Student Movement  
Anatomy of Indian Student Unrest  
Indian Campus Politics  
Student Politics and Higher Education in India  
The Transition of the Bombay Student Movement  
India and the World University Crisis  
Student Politics: Historical Perspective and the Changing Scene  
Comparing China and India Rafiq Dossani
Gigantic Peripheries: India and China in World Knowledge System  
Confucius and the Guru: The Changing Status of the Academic Profession in China and India (with N Jayaram)  
The Giants Awake: Higher Education Systems in China and India  
"Massification Has Unanticipated Consequences": Interview with Philip G. Altbach Eldho Mathew
Afterword: India's Higher Education Challenges Philip G. Altbach  
Epilogue: Higher Education in India-The Twelfth Plan and Beyond  

[The book] covers a wide range of subjects...Not a single aspect of higher education in India has gone untouched—ranging from student politics to contemporary challenges.... The book should be read by everybody interested in higher education. It provides opportunities not only to reflect on the past and also to think about the future direction of higher education in India.

Book Review, Vol 38, January 2014

The book as a whole makes it clear that the juggernaut of Indian higher education will move on but there are massive challenges at all levels and in all respects…there is a useful detailed index at the end, and the entire volume is well-produced and makes partly intriguing reading.

South Asia Research,
Volume 36 (Issue 1), February 2016

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