Final Colloquium: 'Higher Education and University Governance in India: A Case Study of two Universities in Karnataka', by Mr. Chetan B Singai, Lecture Hall, NIAS, 11:30hrs

National Institute of Advanced Studies

Indian Institute of Science Campus



Final Colloquium



Title: Higher Education and University Governance in India:

A Case Study of two Universities in Karnataka


Candidate: Mr. Chetan B Singai

Advisor: Prof. Anitha Kurup

Date:  Thursday, 1 March, 2018

Time:  11:30 am

Venue: Lecture Hall, NIAS


Decisive reforms towards expansion, equity and excellence, have transformed the Indian higher education system and its institutions, particularly in the last two decades. The ideals of expansion, equity and excellence have been the foundation of Indian higher education system and its reforms (Tilak, 2013). However, the priorities and interpretations of these ideals have been evolving. This has been in response to the changing environment; and sometimes due to the changing governance structures and practices in universities. The latter have been further compounded by the emergence of new types of universities. Governance in the university encompasses the internal and the external environments, and the intersection between the inner world of the university and the larger milieu in which it exists (Marginson & Considine, 2000; Salter & Tapper, 2002 & Ordorika, 2003). 

The shifts in the profile of these ideals could be attributed to changes in the meaning and practice of governance across different types of universities and vice-versa. The ideals of reforms and the governance and practices of universities are deeply intertwined. The thesis presents empirical insights on the shifts in the policy ideals and meaning and practices of university governance in the public-state and private-deemed university in the state of Karnataka, as the case-in-point. 

An analysis of higher education policies post-independence, was used to map the trajectory of core ideals of the policies guiding the growth and development of higher education in the country. The conceptual framework evolved through a critical review of literature provided the necessary dimensions to study university governance. The empirical insights from the field, contributed to the robustness of the framework and its analysis. This is an important contribution of the study.



All are invited to attend

Thursday, March 1, 2018