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Faculties Wither as Higher Education System Rapidly Expands

Science  29 Apr 2011:
Vol. 332, Issue 6029, pp. 524
DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6029.524

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India has opened more than 100 elite higher education institutions in the past 5 years and is now home to 467 universities. In the headlong rush, student enrollment has risen more than 50% to 13.6 million. Meanwhile, almost a third of faculty positions at elite institutions—both new and long established—are vacant due to an acute shortage of trained teachers. The result is a dilution of standards, officials say. But the solution remains elusive.