Industrialists Create New Private Universities in India

Disappointed by the public sector, millionaire businessmen try their hand at higher education

In India, Industrialists Create New Private Universities 1

Gurinder Osan for The Chronicle

Rajendra Pawar, one of the founders of the newly built NIIT U., made a fortune in computer training and consulting.

Bright-yellow mustard fields line the roadside along National Highway 8, about three hours from New Delhi in the state of Rajasthan. In the distance, tiny plumes of smoke float into the sky from the mud huts of local farmers.

For a hundred miles, the silence is broken only by the long-haul trucks, whose blaring horns discourage stray dogs and livestock from darting into their paths.

Then, suddenly, the towering tollbooths of a 12-lane expressway loom on the horizon,