Tuesday, March 28, 2006

FICCI summit on higher ed in the private sector

Over at Education in India, Satya has a report on the recent 'Summit' organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on private sector participation in higher education. In addition to the views of FICCI bigwigs, he presents a nice summary of the speeches made by Larry Summers (President of Harvard), N. R. Madhava Menon (Director, National Judicial Academy, Bhopal) and S. Venkateswaran (Vice-Chancellor, BITS, Pilani).

The post is long, but has lots of interesting ideas on a variety of topics: institution building, role of regulations, a history of poor regulations (and worse, meddling), governance structures, students as clients (customers? consumers?), competitive culture in American institutions, funding patterns, philanthropy, and so on. An absolute must-read for anyone interested in the state of higher ed in India.