Observations on Private Sector Higher Ed in India
The other pressing issue facing the Indian Private Education sector is the supply of able academicians to teach. There are simply too few qualified tutors to teach at the appropriate level, and for skilled professionals who may otherwise be induced to transition into a career in education, money in corporate jobs is simply too good to leave. Government, which surely has a role to play in easing out such crucial supply bottlenecks, has done nothing to create teacher training or research infrastructure, and have left it to private sector and its clueless regulators to find a solution. So far, this has led to de-professionalization of teaching, with tutors requiring only a Masters degree, often from India's vast dysfunctional public university system, to teach. It is impossible to see how these tutors will ever be able to help their students to be professionally competent, as most of them wouldn't have worked anywhere else and walked straight into teach the MBA students. It should be noted that a Masters qualification in India does not necessarily mean any exposure to research at all, and hence, most of the MBA teaching in India ruefully remains at a very operational, technical level.