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Building Universities that Matter: Where are Indian Institutions Going Wrong?
Pankaj Chandra
Price : ₹ 625.00  
ISBN : 9789352872220
Language : English
Pages : 374
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2018
Series :
Territorial Rights : World
Imprint : No Image
Catalogues : Education
About the Book

Building Universities that Matter provides a detailed analysis of the neglected issues of governance in higher education, the processes that weaken governance systems in universities, and how they impact learning on campuses.

Drawing on past studies and his own experiences in some of the finest institutions of higher education in India and abroad, the author states that higher education in India is characterised by regulation and bureaucratic control; low investment in learning and physical infrastructure; poor quality of teachers and teaching; corruption, nepotism and student violence.

The university is different from a bureaucratic or commercial organisation, but has not been managed differently. As a result, it no longer remains a safe haven for new experiments, new ideas, and new voices.

This book is also about people – faculty, boards, bureaucrats, and politicians – and how together, they have failed the student. At a time when universities in India are being critiqued for under-achievement, the book builds a case for a redesign of the university as an organisation.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1                 The Purpose of Education and Educational Institutions

Chapter 2                 The Vulnerable University

Chapter 3                 University as an Organisation

Chapter 4                 Governing Academia

Chapter 5                 Teaching, Learning, and the Students

Chapter 6                 A Culture of Un-Inquiry

Chapter 7                 Decaying Campuses

Chapter 8                 Responsibility of the Society

Chapter 9                 Building Institutions that Matter
(Thinking Differently about Reforms)


Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Pankaj Chandra is Vice-Chancellor of Ahmedabad University, India and former Director of IIM Bangalore. He was member of the Government of India’s Committee to Advise on Renovation and Rejuvenation of Higher Education (Yashpal Committee) which gave him an opportunity to visit universities across the country and understand their state of governance.