Private investment in higher education: Challenges and Scepticism

| June 15, 2015



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Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have maximum number of Private Universities. In Uttar Pradesh alone, out of the 21 private universities in the state, politicians have an active stake in the management of seven universities. Another seven universities have businessmen holding key positions.  In at  least  one  of  these  universities,  the  vice chancellor  and  his  relatives  have  been  accused  of  rape  and  murder  of  one  of  their students. Thirteen of the private universities do not have any accreditation till date.

Apart from the aforesaid example there are several allegations against private colleges and deemed universities. This is despite the fact that India needs private investment to meet the requirement in Higher education sector.

Conservative estimates showed that by 2006 India required “at least 3,000 more universities each having  the  capacity  to  enrol   not  less  than  10,000  students”  to  meet  its  demands.

A paper by Centre for Public Policy Research examines the higher education scenario in India and points out why very few serious investors invest in higher educational sector. It identifies the problems and suggests that a possible change in perception towards higher education would be most desired in the current milieu.

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