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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 | 448 pages | SAGE India
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

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

Jalote’s argument for improving the research culture and ethics in Indian institutions is compelling. He makes a strong case for encouraging them to become research universities through scale, funding, by both government and industry, and impact. He calls for a higher expectation from and deeper support of universities. Listen to him.

Professor Pankaj Chandra
Vice Chancellor, Ahmedabad University, Former Director, IIM Bangalore

For thriving in the knowledge-based global economy, India needs to enhance its quality, relevance and diversity of research. This book, written by someone who has built a fine research university himself, can help all the stakeholders of our HE system in understanding and implementing the structures and processes required to develop world-class universities.

Professor Ashutosh Sharma
Secretary, DST

In this powerfully argued book, Pankaj Jalote provides a primer for policymakers, university leaders and their governing bodies on fostering a high-quality research culture—a necessary prerequisite for Indian universities to take their place among their global peers. Essential reading from someone who has spent the past decade successfully building a research-intensive institution from scratch. 

Arun Sharma, AM
Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Former Deputy Vice Chancellor and Vice-President, QUT

India needs many more research universities which can reach the global standard of excellence in innovation, invention and academic research. Pankaj Jalote’s new book offers comprehensive guidance to build successful research institutions. This is a welcome book on an important topic which will be useful for all universities and thinkers.

Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan
Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India

Jayant V. Narlikar once stated, ‘Just as a teacher who does not add to his knowledge through research becomes stale, so can a researcher devoid of teaching experience become sterile.’ A potent system of higher education must, therefore, lay equal emphasis on teaching and research. Pankaj Jalote’s book serves as a practical guide and roadmap for translating this idea into action.

Furqan Qamar
Professor of Management, Jamia Millia Islamia

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