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Higher Education

Over the next two decades more than a million Indians are expected to enter the work force each month. Whether this becomes a demographic dividend or disaster will depend considerably on the quality of their education and skills. CASI’s work in higher education is designed to better understand critical challenges facing Indian higher education.

There are currently two research projects:


Governance & Reforms of India’s Higher Education System

A conference co-organized by CASI and Centre for Policy Research on Indian higher education was held in Delhi in July 2011. Conference papers will be published in a forthcoming 2014 edited volume.



Devesh Kapur & Pratap Bhanu Mehta (eds.), Navigating the Labyrinth: Perspectives on India’s Higher Education. Orient BlackSwan (2017)

Devesh Kapur and Pratap Bhanu Mehta. “Mortgaging the Future? Indian Higher Education,” Brookings-NCAER India Policy Forum 2007-08, Volume 4, 2008, p. 101-157.

“Beyond the ABCs: Higher Education and Developing Countries”, Devesh Kapur and Megan Crowley, February 2008, Center for Global Development

“Indian Higher Education Reform: From Half-Baked Socialism to Half-Baked Capitalism” (with Pratap Mehta). CID Working Paper No. 108. (Cambridge: Center for International Development at Harvard University, 2004).

Partnering Institution

Azim Premji Foundation

Research Affiliate

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University




 Demand for Skills Among Youth

This is a survey on demand for skills among youth in medium-sized towns in India. A CASI Working Paper, "The Skills They Want: Aspirations of Students in Emerging India", was published in December 2012. A journal article is forthcoming.


Photo LEAP Skills Academy India


Megha Aggarwal, Devesh Kapur, Namrata Tognatta. “The Skills They Want: Aspirations of Students in Emerging India,” CASI Working Paper Series No. 12-03. December 2012

Research Affiliates

Megha Aggarwal

Founder and CEO, LEAP Skills Academy





Namrata Tognatta

Ph.D Student

Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania



Media Coverage for the CASI Higher Education Research Program

“Courts and Colleges: A Problematic Relationship,” Devesh Kapur and Madhav Khosla. Seminar 627. November 2011

“Starting Point of Higher Education,” Devesh Kapur. The Times of India, October 17, 2009