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Higher Education in India

V.C. Kulandai Swamy (Author) C.R. Pillai (Editor) P.R. Ramanujam (Editor)
Synopsis India has one of the largest systems of higher education in the world. Since independence it has enormously expanded in terms of quantity and diversity of fields of knowledge. However, it has remained relatively unchanged insofar as the structure, the system of management and even functional objectives are concerned. As we enter the 21 century, higher education in India is still in a state of flux. A dissatisfied and highly critical public, an uninspired academia, shortages in funding, progressively consumer driven market, entry of private enterprise, globalization and a variety of other concerns demand that the long pending reforms be addressed and a meaningful restructuring of our higher education system be taken up without delay. This volume brings together critical perspectives on and valuable insights into, several issues concerning tertiary education that have not been examined so closely and comprehensively. Prof. V.C. Kulandai Swamy addresses some of the issues ranging from the macro management of the system to micro management of institutions. He argues in his wide-ranging reflections over a period of almost two decades that our higher education system is in need of far-reaching changes.The chapters in the volume look at key issues concerning : Systemic changes; curriculum changes; Autonomy and decentralization ; Academic leadership; the Vice-Chancellor; the faculty ; Consumer demand; privatization ; Globalization; assessment and accreditation ; A vision of the future. This book would be a valuable resource for education administrators, policy makers, teachers and students of higher education.
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About the author

P.R. Ramanujam

Dr. P.R. Ramanujam is Professor of distance Education, and Director in the Staff Training and Research Institute of Distance Education at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. He earned his Ph.D. from the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad. He joined IGNOU in 1986 and has been involved in the development of the pioneering staff development programmes: the Post-graduate Diploma in distance Education and the Master of Arts in Distance Education. Prof. Ramanujam has published extensively on distance education and English literature in reputed international journals. he had been working as the Review Editor of the international journal Indian Journals of Open Learning from 1992 to 1996 and now he is its Editor. Some of his other notable books are: Quest for Reconciliation, Reflections on Distance Education for India, and Marxism, Ideology and Literary Criticism.

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Title Higher Education in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176493384
length xxxii+140p., Tables; 23cm