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Demystifying Higher Education in India – Part One

The Timeline of the Indian University. The Saga Begins. This is a story about the Indian Higher Education system. Alright, maybe story isn’t the right word. This is a saga. And like all good sagas, it will have heroes and villains, ups and downs, and most of all, it will take a really long time […]

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Demystifying Higher Education – Part Two

Last week, I stated that I’d be writing further about certain institutions that seemed to operate outside the ambit of the UGC called ‘Institutes of National Importance’. You can see that the full list of these special institutions contains some of the premier academic bodies in India. This short post adds data about them to […]

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Demystifying Higher Education – Part Three

In the first post of this series about Demystifying Higher Education, we looked at the universities in India and the administrative bureaucracy around them. In the second post, we built on the first post by adding information about Institutes of National Importance. With today’s post, we move away from universities to the components that make […]

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Demystifying Engineering

Last time, we discussed medical education and with this post, the first of a three-part mini-series, we’ll be taking a deep dive into the other grand old Indian cliche, Engineering. The national love affair with the profession of Engineering can be easily rationalized if one is the mood – students of science with a focus […]

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We Need To Talk About Capitation

Engineering education in India is going through a crisis. Or maybe it isn’t. It depends on who ask. In November 2015, Scroll.in reported on a study by the £ 1 million QE Prize for Engineering’s governing foundation. It stated that 85% of men and 79% of women interviewed in India were interested in taking up […]

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Demystifying Higher Education – 36,000+ Colleges And Counting

In 2010, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a task force to achieve the impossible – a national survey that would for the first time give the government a sense of India’s large, blundering education behemoth. The initiative was called the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) and, like western civilization, it […]

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Thomas Manuel

Thomas Manuel

Thomas is a freelance writer and playwright based out of Chennai. He curates content at the Urban History Project.

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