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Building Research Universities in India

Building Research Universities in India

  • Pankaj Jalote - Founding Director and Distinguished Professor of Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology Delhi (IIIT Delhi)

November 2020 | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
With the emergence of global university rankings, there is increased interest in research universities. The focus of the higher education system in India has traditionally been on educating students and not on research. However, in the last decade or so, there has been a growing appreciation of research in universities and interest in transforming some of the Indian universities to globally competitive research universities. 

This is the first book that focuses on building research universities in India. It provides a comprehensive and holistic view of a research university and discusses the key dimensions of such a university, including education, research, PhD programme, faculty management, governance, financing and third mission. This book will be of interest to academicians, academic leaders, policymakers, and those who are involved in developing a university in India. 
Foreword by Kiran Karnik
Introduction by Philip G. Altbach
Higher Education and Research in India
Research Universities: Characteristics and Classification
Education: Delivering High Quality Learning
Research Management, Ethics and Culture
Third Mission: Contribution to Economy and Society
Building a Strong PhD Programme
Faculty Recruitment and Management
Governance, Leadership and Administration
Financing the Research University
The Road Ahead for the Higher Education System and Research Universities

A nation is as strong as its higher educational and research institutions. Professor Jalote has created one such institution and nurtured it carefully for over a decade to make it a widely respected research institution in the world. This book is a winning recipe for how to create a globally respected research institution in any country. A must-read for everyone interested in higher education and research.

N. R. Narayana Murthy
Founder, Infosys

This book describes in depth the fundamental issues in Indian universities and the need to improve the research ecosystem to enable the potential of faculty and students to be fully realized. This insightful and well-written volume will benefit all those involved with the governance of higher education, especially the administrators and policymakers.

Professor Sudhir Sopory
Former VC, JNU

Higher education in India has grown tremendously. However, much remains to be done on the quality of research and its application for practical problems. The author has gone into the fact sheet and challenges that lie ahead for building world-class research universities. This book comes at an appropriate time when the new National Education Policy is on the anvil, and will open new vistas for policymakers, educationists, administrators and students of higher education.

Professor Anil Sahasrabudhe
Chairman, AICTE

The book presents a very comprehensive view of the current standing of research ambience in the university system in India, and the way forward to building world-class universities through a conscious promotion of the research culture in universities. This is a must-read for all academics and leaders of higher education who are seriously interested in promoting high-end academic research in universities, especially in India. 

Professor Surendra Prasad
Former Director, IIT Delhi

India urgently needs world-class research universities. This book by Pankaj Jalote, who is one of a rare breed of ‘Thinker Doers’ in our country, shares the roadmap for building strong research universities in India. Anyone involved in higher education can benefit from this book!

Nandan Nilekani
Chairman, Infosys

This book, based on the insights from Pankaj Jalote’s success in developing an India-based research university in IIIT-Delhi, offers many lessons for building a research-based HE system, which is innovative and cutting-edge as new India grows into a knowledge-based economy.

T. V. Mohandas Pai
Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services

Knowledge without action is meaningless. Pankaj embodies this value principle at its best. He built a first-rate institution and has now put down his insights into a book through a larger perspective. This is a much-needed book that should be mandatory reading for educators, policymakers and anyone interested in learning about the right way to take higher education forward across the globe. 

Professor Dinesh Singh
Former VC, Delhi University

Higher education in India is huge and complex. Professor Jalote, an educator, researcher and an institution-builder who is admired for the way he brought up IIIT-Delhi, makes an effort to unravel it and presents a vision for building future universities and how our institutions can stay relevant.

Professor V. Ramgopal Rao
Director, IIT Delhi

The analysis presented in this book thoughtfully reveals the origins, forms and effects of the underperformance of Indian higher education system, together with many signposts for turning things around.

Professor Fazal Rizvi
The University of Melbourne, Australia

This is a comprehensive book that provides a foundation for understanding research universities and suggests ways to make them internationally competitive. A must-read for everyone interested in Indian research universities and their future.

Professor Satish K. Tripathi
President, State University of New York at Buffalo

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ISBN: 9789353885021