Philanthropy for higher education
It is essential to reduce the heavy dependence on government handouts that undercuts the quality of our public universities
Arecent report in The Indian Express (13 April 2017) on the empty coffers of Panjab University makes for sorry reading. It is not the only public institution of higher education to be in such dire straits: a Rs240 crore budget deficit, no money to pay salaries, hand-to-mouth spending on essentials, and a consequent explosion of student frustration on the campus. This is the state of affairs in a university which was ranked among the top institutions in the Times Higher Education World university rankings for 2013-14.
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