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Title: Opportunities galore! Growth unlimited! : business, higher education policy and the neoliberalisation of Indian higher education
Author: Thawer, Shelina
ISNI:       0000 0004 8507 9968
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis is about money in Indian Higher Education (HE) policy. More specifically, it is about describing the processes of neoliberalisation of the Indian Higher Education sector which reveals the prevalence of money and how education policy itself can serve as a profit opportunity for business. This thesis draws on Foucault's concept of governmentality, understood as a means of steering and guiding the conduct of individuals, and deploys the approach of 'following policy ' and Social Network Analysis as its methodological and analytical tools to describe these processes of neoliberalisation. It identifies the key policy actors in Indian HE policy formulation, and describes how the socio-economic nature of their networks facilitate the flow of policy, ideas, practices, influence and money, within and between their multi-sited networks, and facilitate in reforming the Indian HE sector. The thesis illustrates how incremental policy moves which render and transform ideas into reformative imperatives, alongside the introduction of legislative measures and the creation of new institutions by the Government of India, serve to privilege and incentivise business to invest in the Indian HE sector. It demonstrates that the Government of India is an active - and necessary - facilitator of a form of network governance as it shifts the responsibility of Indian HE to business leaders and their networks, thereby situating the private sector - and the profit motive - centre stage of Indian HE policy, provision and delivery. It is intended that this analysis will contribute to the understanding of the vested interests in India's HE sector while enabling an enhanced comprehension of the strategies that can promote, facilitate and advance policy reform alliances as India prepares to become a global player in HE.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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