For U.S. Colleges in India, Great Possibilities, Thwarted Hopes

Great Possibilities, Thwarted Hopes 1

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An arts class is under way at Maharaja Sayajirao U. of Baroda, in Gujarat. Officials there wish Americans were interested in academic exchanges rather than research.

American colleges have to be in India.

After all, no other country in this century, save China, is likely to be as important geopolitically, financially, demographically, culturally. Globally savvy students ought to study here. There are research opportunities for political scientists and public-health specialists, economists and ethnomusicologists. And, simply put, India, where half of the 1.2-billion-and-growing population is under 30, needs help—building enough universities,