The job conundrum over India's higher education
SummaryA government push towards privatization in higher education could make the sector more unaffordable and inaccessible to disadvantaged groups in the pandemic times. As colleges are pressed for funds and placements become lacklustre, job prospects for fresh graduates are looking dim
India has in recent years seen a proliferation of private universities set up under state acts. The phenomenon, critics fear, got an official stamp with the tone of last year’s National Education Policy. But as the country recovers from the covid-19 crisis, an open embrace of much costlier private higher education could come in the way of generating skilled jobs quickly enough, experts say.