A guide to reforms

Your Education is Our World

BOOK REVIEW

C.T. KURIEN

The book serves as a carefully prepared and annotated agenda note that draws attention to decisions to be taken and actions to be initiated

IN the context of the ongoing discussions in the country about expanding and restructuring higher education, Pawan Agarwal’s book on the subject is a timely contribution. The author was Director in the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development when he started work on the book, and much of the writing was done during his tenure as a Fulbright New Century Scholar of Higher Education in India. He is currently with the Government of West Bengal.

First the context itself (for a discussion of some aspects of the context, see Frontline, July 17, 2009). Many of the contextual discussions on higher education are rooted in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan’s (2007-12) proposals, summed up as “expansion, inclusion and excellence”. Immediately prior to the Eleventh Plan was the Report of the National Knowledge Commission, which also asked for substantial expansion of higher education and suggested ways of achieving it without compromising excellence. More recently, there has been the report of the committee headed by Professor Yash Pal, with accent on regulatory framework.

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