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Higher Education in India

G. Karunakaran Pillai

30.1 Introduction

In the 21st century, the development of higher education figures among the topmost national priorities across nations. In the World Conference on Higher Education organized by UNESCO in October 1998, representatives of 128 nations met at Paris to discuss the form of higher education relevant for the 21st century. The conference reaf-firmed the need for access to higher education and the concern for equity. Setting out the mission for higher education, the conference resolved that ‘beyond its traditional functions of teaching, training, research and study’, higher education must ‘promote development of the whole person and train responsible, informed citizens, committed to working ...

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