The decline of higher education
A fine column by AK Bhattacharya. "Universities are starved of funds and their infrastructure has suffered as a consequence, which in turn has affected academic standards", writes Bhattacharya. He too stresses an idea originally due to Deepak Nayyar that a student joining a college should be made to pay the same fees he or she paid in the final year of school. I thought that was a good workable proposal, but it's been dropped now on legal grounds.
Bhattacharya also rightly points out that
the argument against retaining ridiculously low fees for higher education does not mean that poor, needy and meritorious students should be denied concessional fees and other financial benefits. Surely, they should continue to be made available on the basis of merit and need. And such concession and benefits can be made available easily if the general fees structure is raised to reflect the changing reality and bring closer to the relative fees structure in privately run educational institutions.