Survey of Higher Education in India (1947-2007)

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  • Author :M.R. Kolhatkar
  • Year of Publication :2012
  • ISBN: :9788180698880
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XXIV, 424
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Education

About the Book :

In this book the author, a retired IAS officer, brings his wide and deep knowledge in educational subjects and practical administrative experience to make a sweeping Survey of Higher Education in India in the first sixty years after Independence based on primary sources, canonical reports and other scholarly writings. The Higher Education is defined broadly to cover not only higher general education regulated by the UGC (to which four chapters are devoted), but also technical, teacher, legal, medical (including Allopathic and Alternative systems) and agricultural (including veterinary and forestry) education. The author describes the latest developments including the recommendations of the National Knowledge Commission (NKC), the Yashpal Committee Report and the legislative Agenda of the UPA-II Government. Encyclopaedic in scope, critical in tone but full of constructive and positive suggestions (like the Election Commission being involved in the elections to the professional bodies in the educational area and undertaking an "Operation Clean-Up" of the higher education system comparable to Abraham Flexner's exertions in respect of the American Medical Education in the 1910s), the book would be found useful not only by students and practitioners of education but also by social scientists, contemporary historians, development planners and policy-makers apart from the general reader.

About Author :

M.R. Kolhatkar, Ph.D., I.A.S. (Retd.) is a distinguished scholar-bureaucrat-jurist. After a bright academic career (M.A. Ist Class -Economics from Pune University) he was selected for the I.A.S. in 1960 in which service he held a variety of posts. For 15 years, he worked in the Education Sector including in the Union Ministry of H.R.D. and Planning Commission. After working for 5 years as a Member of the Central Administrative Tribunal, he did his Ph.D. from Mumbai University in the Faculty of Civics & Politics. He is trained abroad (Naples, Italy and EDI, World Bank, Washington DC) and has attended several international conferences including the Jomtien Conference on Education for All in 1990. He has served as a visiting faculty in academic institutions and his articles have been published in learned journals. He has authored/edited two books.