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Management of private-aided higher education in Karnataka, India: lessons from an enduring public-private partnership

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James Tooley


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The Grant-in-Aid (GIA) higher education sector in Karnataka, India, is examined as an example of a well-established public-private partnership (PPP). Interviews with senior officials in the Government of Karnataka, and in two contrastingn Regions, centred around Gulbarga and Mysore, together with visits to GIA and private-unaided (PUA) colleges were undertaken. The study showed how devolved financial management led to problems of potential misuse of subsidy and to substantial inefficiencies. The regulation of the sector is explored, revealing inconsistencies between theory and practice, and unforeseen consequences in terms of a lack of teacher accountability and low investment. Considerations concerning equity are outlined, noting how GIA proponents who argued that it was effective in helping the poor might not be on strong gounds. Finally, implications are discussed for PPPs more generally.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tooley J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Educational Management, Administration and Leadership

Year: 2005

Volume: 33

Issue: 4

Pages: 465-486

ISSN (print): 1741-1432

ISSN (electronic): 1741-1440

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/1741143205056214


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