Traditional student mobility and choice patterns have changed over the years. The government has set a target of 30 percent gross enrolment for higher education, which will mean providing 40 million university places, an increase of 14 million in five years. Innovation and change are required and understanding that change will be essential. Tie-ups with international universities and organizations for research and developmental purposes will be the key to the sector's growth. These tangents have given wind to trends such as the Distance more of education and EMBA, which have been discussed in detail in this edition.
Owing to India's diversity, the country is riddled with uneven growth and accessibility across dimensions. The country also has a very low level of PhD enrollment, as a result, opportunities for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary working as sparse, lack of early stage research experience; a weak ecosystem for innovation, and low levels of industry engagement. In order for the government to successfully achieve its targets, every aspect of higher education needs to be reorganized and remodeled: funding, leadership and management, quality assurance, accountability, relationships with industry, international collaboration, and the way teaching and research are conducted. The private sector, which currently accounts for 59 percent of overall enrolment, continues to grow rapidly. The private sector is expected to play an important role in the growth and expansion of higher education in the country.
This issue of Higher Education Review focuses on the higher education needs of working professionals. EMBA and Distance MBA listings provide names of prominent establishments providing quality education. We have listed the names of India's Best 20 Institutes for Executive MBA and created snapshots of for quick understanding and comparison for our readers to choose the best. The '10 Distance learning Institutes in India for MBA' list encapsulates institutions that are known for their expertise in providing programs through the distance mode.
The cover story features The ICFAI University, Dehradun. The feature illuminates how the institution veered the abode for K12 education into a capital for higher learning. Read the story to learn more.
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