Education has always played and continues to play a significant role as change agent. Since independence, the Government of India has provided policy support and public funds to create one of the world’s largest system of higher education. This paper attempts to analyse the present position of Public-Private Partnership. In India, both public and private educational institutions operate simultaneously. In fact, India higher education system is intertwined with political, economic, demographic, social and international dimensions. With the result, the higher education system in India differentiates itself in terms of status, governance, ownerships, funding, administration and control arrangements. There is little suspicion and negative connotations regarding private institutions within public education. By and large in India higher education system has been “over-regulated” and “undergoverned” making it more complex giving rise to ambiguities. The rational of PPP in the Indian context lies in access, funding and infrastructure. It is important to analyse dynamics between the two and lay policy dimensions in the best interest of the nation without diluting education standards. PPP models in support of higher education extend enough opportunities. Structuring the process is the main aim and objective of the paper. PPP formats, and the models may vary from project to project. It is an opportune time for government and the public sector to tap into private funds through various partnerships. The present paper attempts to extend realistic viabilities for public-private partnership in higher education. It is expected that this arrangement will bring radical changes, and assist to eradicate the problems faced so far.
|Keywords:||University Organisational Design, Gross Enrollment Ratio, Access and Equity, Quality and Excellence of Education, Funding and Infrastructural Model|
Associate Professor & Principal, Delhi College of Arts & Commerce, University of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
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