Honesty not the best policy (India)

India’s academy is in “deep crisis”, according to an expert. Devesh Kapur, director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India at the University of Pennsylvania, has written extensively about the country’s higher education problems, The Washington Post reported. “There are so many regulatory barriers to setting up a college or university that it deters honest groups but encourages those [that] are willing to pay bribes,” Professor Kapur said. “Millions of young Indians will have high expectations [and] paper credentials, but will be poorly educated.” India’s mushrooming number of unaccredited institutions is also a concern: its University Grants Commission recently released a list of 21 “fake universities”, many of them no more than a mailing address or signage hanging over a shop.

Source: Times Higher Education http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=419528&c=1