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.
Pawan Agarwal is serving as Adviser, Higher Education in the Planning Commission, where he has steered the formulation of the country's Twelfth Plan for Higher Education. He has earlier worked as Director in the Ministry of HRD and Financial Advisor, University Grants Commission. He has been a Fulbright New Century Scholar at Harvard University/Emory University, a visiting scholar and fellow at ICRIER, New Delhi and the Centre for the Study of Higher Education in University of Melbourne. He is the recipient of the Emerging Leaders Fellowship of the Australia India Institute for the year 2011-12 and Bloomberg-UTV Policymaker of the Year, 2012. He has conducted studies for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Inter-American Development Bank, the South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutions, the Observatory for the Borderless Education, and the Indian Council for International Economic Research. He has published on a range of higher education issues in India and comparative perspective in the South Asian context. He has previously authored a book with SAGE India, titled Indian Higher Education: Envisioning the Future (2009).
Foreword - Narendra Jadhav Preface Introduction - Philip G Altbach I: HIGHER EDUCATION AND MODERNISATION 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) II: ACADEMIC PROFESSION 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 III: REGIONAL ISSUES AND CHALLENGES 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 IV: GLOBALIZATION AND OPEN-DOOR POLICIES 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 V: PUBLISHING AND LANGUAGE ISSUES IN 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 VI: CAMPUS POLITICS 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 VII: INDIA AND CHINA-COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS 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 Index