The higher education system in India has witnessed remarkable growth; it is being heralded as the largest system of its kind in the world. However, the system continues to be fraught with numerous issues. There are the issues concerning management, which include aspects like access, equity and relevance. The assessment of institutions and their accreditation is something that the regulators need to attend to. There are the issues related to financing and ensuring that education in the country continues to be a public service. It should not be allowed to degenerate into a profit making venture.
A large number of additional students continue to knock at the doors of our institutions for higher education. As a nation we can’t escape the moral obligation of providing high quality higher education to each and every son and daughter of this country. New policies and strategies that will give rise to larger number of high quality institutions are the need of the hour. It is imperative that we find the solutions to these problems, as we are now engaged in the using higher education as a powerful tool for creation of a knowledge-based information society that will take India into a bright new future.
In our coverage of the higher education sector in India, we interacted with the leading personalities of a large number of education institutes. These individuals have expressed their views on a range of issues that are of importance to the higher education sector. In pages that follow we present a broad account of the interactions that we have conducted.