Politics, Policy and Higher Education in India

  • Sunandan Roy Chowdhury

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Sunandan Roy Chowdhury
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  3. Sunandan Roy Chowdhury
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  4. Sunandan Roy Chowdhury
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 143-163

About this book


Considering the evolution of Indian higher education policy from British colonial rule to modern day India, this pivot examines key policy issues in fields as diverse as language, nationalism and economic development. Focusing on India’s relationship with the world at large and the state of class conflict in India’s universities, it assesses the country’s politics as they have impacted education policy, as well as the state of higher education and of universities in India. The book contends that India’s elite and power-stream have developed a higher education policy that has successfully catered to the creation and reproduction of a tiny economic elite which excludes the largest sections of higher education institutions and society. This skewed policy and its concomitant development has led to India remaining a pygmy nation when it comes to living standards or innovation in natural and social sciences. Through cutting edge interdisciplinary research, this pivot offers an insightful addition to the debate on higher education thinking, in India and further afield, across the realms of politics, policy and philosophy.


Politics of Education Policy in India the state of higher education and of universities in India India and innovation in natural and social sciences critique of higher education policy in India class conflict in India’s universities. Inequality and India's higher education system

Authors and affiliations

  • Sunandan Roy Chowdhury
    • 1
  1. 1.Sampark Global JournalKolkataIndia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-5055-8
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-5056-5
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