CPRHE/NIEPA has initiated a publication on Indian higher education entitled ‘India Higher Education Report’ (IHER). The IHER aims to focus on the current issues and challenges facing the higher education sector in India. It is envisaged that IHER may become an annual publication and serve as a good reference document for researchers and policymakers in India.

FORTHCOMING INDIA HIGHER EDUCATION REPORT 2018: Financing of Higher Education (Edited by N. V. Varghese, Jinusha Panigrahi)


In the last few decades, India has experienced several shifts in the policies pertaining to the financing of higher education. These shifts include a move from public financing to keep pace with the expansion requirements of the sector; the strengthening of market forces in higher education both through privatisation of public institutions and operation of private institutions; and a move from the financing of institutions to the financing of students. The Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE) has initiated major research activities to understand how the recent changes have affected the financing of higher education in India and how the higher education institutions cope with and respond to these changes. India Higher Education Report 2018, the fourth volume in the series, presents this study to provide a comprehensive analysis of financing of higher education in India. This book investigates the changing dynamics and related key issues including state–market dynamics, university–industry linkages, foreign aid, institutional strategies to overcome shortages in funding, issues with self-financing courses, educational loans and fee reimbursement schemes, expansion and financing of private higher education.

i) Financing of Higher Education: An Introduction

ii) State-Market Dynamics in Higher Education Financing

iii) Towards Augmenting Resources: University–Industry Linkages

iv)Foreign Aid for Higher Education in India

v)Gender Budgeting in Higher Education

vi)Institutional Strategies to Overcome Declining Public Funding in Higher Education

vii)Self-Financing Courses in Public Institutions

viii)Changing Sources of Funding: A Study of Punjabi University

ix)Scholarship Schemes for Student Financing

x)Choice-based Credit System (CBCS) and Semester System in Indian Higher Education

xi)Student Mortgage Loans vis-à-vis Income Contingent Loans: Problems and Prospects

xii)Public Financing of Private Education: A Case Study of Fee Reimbursement Scheme (FRS) in Andhra Pradesh

xiii)Growth and Expansion of Private Higher Education

xiv)Financing of Private Higher Education Institutions in India Sangeeta Angom

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INDIA HIGHER EDUCATION REPORT 2017: Teaching Learning and Quality (Edited by N. V. Varghese, Anupam Pachauri and Sayantan Mandal)



Understanding teaching, learning and quality in higher education requires in-depth engagement with theoretical discourse and empirical evidences. With this objective, the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education (CPRHE) has initiated multiple research activities to develop deeper insights into quality concerns in higher education. India Higher Education Report 2017 evaluates the Indian higher education system in terms of teaching, learning and quality and presents a comprehensive analysis of reforms that took place in these domains. Organized into three major parts—ranking, research and quality; teachers and teaching–learning; and quality management—this book discusses changes and issues that have affected the country’s higher education system in recent times.

i) Teaching, Learning and Quality in Higher Education in India: An Introduction

ii) World University Ranking Systems: Are They Indicators of Quality?

iii) Measuring Performance of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF)

iv)Research on Higher Education in India

v)Availability and Shortages of Teachers in Higher Education

vi)Professional Development of Teachers in Higher Education

vii)Critical Perspectives of Teaching-Learning in Indian Higher Education

viii)Developing e-Content for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): An Experience of Teaching-Learning Centre

ix)Student Assessments in Higher Education

x)Choice-based Credit System (CBCS) and Semester System in Indian Higher Education

xi)Quality and Accountability in Higher Education

xii)Managing Quality at Institutional Level

xiii)Effects of External and Internal Quality Assurance on Indian Higher Education Institutions

xiv)Finance and Qualtiy: The Reshaping of Higher Education

xv)Qualification Frameworks for Improving Quality and Relevance of Education

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Equity in education is well recognized as central to achieving inclusive growth and development. The second in the series initiated by the Centre for Policy Research in Higher Education of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration, India Higher Education Report 2016 focuses on the theme of equity in higher education. The report examines issues related to the expansion of higher education; economic, social, regional and gender inequalities and their implications on education; student diversity and discrimination; and the changing roles of the state, market and private sector in a period of massification of the education sector. The book also addresses topics on learning outcomes, and employment and employability of higher education graduates. The discussions in the book centre on the theoretical perspectives and empirical evidences. This book will be an important resource for academics, policy makers, civil society organizations, media and those concerned with higher education and development. It will also be useful to scholars and researchers of education, public policy, sociology and economics.. 

i) The State, Markets, Equity and Quality in Higher Education

ii) The Redefinition of Equality and Excellence and Declining Goals of Democratic Egalitarianism in Higher Education

iii) Economic and Educational Inequalities in India: Access and Outcome Indicators for Different Socio-Religious Groups

iv)Private Sector and Equity in Higher Education: Challenges of Growing Unequal Access

v) Regional Disparities in Availability, Access and Equity in Higher Education in India

vi) Higher Education in India: Access, Quality and Structure

vii) Concerns of Minority Groups in Higher Education: The Plight of Muslim Community

viii) Higher Education and Gendered Norms: Enabling the `Use’ of Women’s Education

ix) Disability Rights in Higher Education: A Preliminary Investigation of Exclusion and Barriers in Indian Universities

x) Equity and Excellence: A Study of Navodaya Vidyalaya

xi) Disparities in Outcome: Graduate Labour Market in India

xii) Disparities in Graduate Employability Skills

xiii)Access and Exclusion: Mapping Social Diversity in Education in India

xiv) Equity in Higher Education: What Happens after Entry?

xv) Diversity and Discrimination: Role of Higher Education for Civic Learning

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The first issue of the IHER report is comprehensive and has articles on major issues and challenges facing higher education in the country. The unprecedented expansion of higher education in India and the proliferation of providers in turn have posed enormous challenges to equity, quality and financing of the sector. The India Higher Education Report 2015 traces the evolution of higher education and discusses the key role of committees and commissions whose reports and recommendations form the backdrop of contemporary developments. Authoritative and comprehensive, the volume examines a range of themes including equity, financing, employment, quality, and governance. It also engages with new and recent data as well as current issues and debates.

The themes included in the IHER 2015 are:

i) The Higher Education Context i.e., Policies, Commission and Committees

ii) Equity in Higher Education

iii) Quality in Higher Education

iv) Diversification of the System

v) Employment of the Higher Education Graduates

vi) Financing of Higher Education

vii) Private Higher Education

viii) Governance and Management

ix) Internationalisation

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