Rajiv Malhotra, Being Different: A Indian Challenge to Western Universalism
'What I found particularly informative and original in Being Different is the discussion on the positive role of chaos in the Indic world as compared to the West's abhorrence of it. The book explains Hegel's deep-rooted fear of chaos and uncertainty. He privileged order in Western aesthetics, ethics, religions, society, and politics and classified Oriental traditions into "pantheism","polytheism", and "monotheism" as "world historical categories". Hegel developed a system of equivalences to assign relative meaning and value to each culture, thereby defining the contours of the "West" and the "Rest.' These became the conceptual tools for epistemic subjugation of the non-West in the name of order. The dharmic worldview is more relaxed about chaos, seeing it as a creative catalyst built into the cosmos to balance out order that could otherwise become stultifying." Shrinivas Tilak, Independent scholar, Montreal.
This book has the potential to provide the basis to question the existing educational paradigm at the very root and replace it with a foundation that is psychologically and spiritually better aligned to the deepest impulses of the Indic world.
Devesh Kapur & Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India's Higher Education, 2017
"In India, few things open faster than colleges, but few sectors reform more slowly than higher education. Demographic changes, economic growth and integration into the global economy, the rising demand for higher education, and the increase in the number of private colleges have led to a massive expansion in Indian higher education. While challenges of access and cost have been long-standing, much of this expansion has been of dubious quality, the result of sustained and deep regulatory and governance failures. This book analyses these and other complex challenges facing higher education in India, and suggests possible solutions to some of them. The contributors highlight a range of issues facing higher education today, through a deeply moving account of the decline of a college in north Bihar; discussions on the various types of post-secondary educational institutions the research university, teaching colleges, and vocational training institutes; initiatives, such as community colleges, to address the problem of skill development in India; and the financing and governance of higher education in India. The book combines diverse methodologies: ethnography of institutions, case studies and data-based work, to present a complex landscape. These critical insights into higher education in India will be useful to scholars and researchers in education, political science, sociology, and public policy." Amazon Blurb
Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta & Milan Vaishnav, Rethinking Public Institutions in India, Orient BlackSwan, 2017
Amazon.in writes, "While a growing private sector and a vibrant civil society can help compensate for the shrtcomings of India’s public sector, the state is—and will remain—indispensable in delivering basic governance. In Rethinking Public Institutions in India, distinguished political and economic thinkers critically assess a diverse array of India’s core federal institutions, from the Supreme Court and Parliament to the Election Commission and the civil services.
Relying on interdisciplinary approaches and decades of practitioner experience, this volume interrogates the capacity of India’s public sector to navigate the far-reaching transformations the country is experiencing. An insightful introduction to the functioning of Indian democracy, it offers a roadmap for carrying out fundamental reforms that will be necessary for India to build a reinvigorated state for the twenty-first century."
Ian Austin & Glen A. Jones, Governance of Higher Education: Global Perspectives, Theories, and Practices, 2015
Amazon.in writes, "Governance of Higher Education explores the work of traditional and contemporary higher education scholarship worldwide, providing readers with an understanding of the assumptions, historical traditions, and paradigms that have shaped the scholarship on governance. Bringing together the vast and disparate writings that form the higher education governance literature―including frameworks drawn from a range of disciplines and global scholarship―this book synthesizes the significant theoretical, conceptual, and empirical scholarship to advance the research and practice of governance. Coverage includes the structures of governance, cultures and practices, the collegial tradition, the new managed environment of the academy, and the politics and processes of governance. As universities across the globe face a myriad of challenges and multiple stakeholder demands, Governance of Higher Education offers scholars, practitioners, and higher education graduate students an essential resource for advancing research and the practice of governance."
Pankaj Chandra, Building Universities that Matter: Where are Indian Institutions Going Wrong?, Orient BlackSwan, 2017
Amazon.in writes, "Building Universities that Matter provides a detailed analysis of the neglected issues of governance in higher education, the processes that weaken governance systems in universities and how they impact learning on campuses. Drawing on past studies and his own experiences in some of the finest institutions of higher education in India and abroad, the author states that higher education in India is characterised by regulation and bureaucratic control; low investment in learning and physical infrastructure; poor quality of teachers and teaching; corruption, nepotism and student violence.."
Pawan Agarwal, A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education: Essays by Philip G Altbach, Sage India, 2012.
Amazon.in writes, "A Half-Century of Indian Higher Education features a select collection of writings on Indian higher education by Professor Philip G. Altbach. Professor Altbachs research papers and articles on Indian higher education published in journals, periodicals, newspapers and books worldwide. Not only established him as a noted expert on Indian higher education but also inspired numerous studies in this area. This volume, edited by Pawan Agarwal, brings together 35 seminal writings of Professor Altbach on universities and colleges, knowledge production and distribution, academic profession, globalisation and open-door policies, academic publishing, campus politics and comparative studies on Indian and Chinese systems. The articles provide an invaluable access to the various issues that have profoundly shaped India's higher education system during the last five decades. They give a comprehensive reading of the development of higher education in post-Independence India in a simple yet gripping style and affirm Professor Altbachs enduring commitment to this area. The book includes in-depth reflective articles for each of its seven sections by well-known experts on higher education. It also features an insightful interview with Professor Altbach that illuminates many vital areas of higher education worldwide."