Can Higher Education in India Break From Its Past?

Higher education in India has moved from being the government's peripheral interest to its key priority. Policy makers are vigorously debating higher-education issues, and the country's latest five-year plan, for 2007 to 2012, has offered a ninefold increase in government appropriations—along with proposals for many new colleges and universities.

Over the past decade, as the country's largely agrarian economy has transformed into an urban manufacturing and service