A report in the Telegraph explores the Indian government's ambitious intention to build between 800 and 1,000 new universities over the next decade. Describing India as a country in which "the demand for higher education far outstrips supply," Max Davidson describes a new bill being introduced to Parliament that would encourage foreign universities to set up independent campuses on Indian soil.
Kapil Sibal, the minister is charge of the legislation, has said that 800 to 1000 new universities will be needed within the next ten years – there are currently around 430 – if the number of students going on to higher education is to rise from its present 12 per cent to 30 per cent.
Though greeted with skepticism by many, growth at even a fraction of that rate would mean a revolution in Indian higher education (and demand for resources). Read the full article here.