Diverse In India: Exploring Higher Education

In this series on India and higher education, Diverse correspondent Jamaal Abdul-Alim documents trends and events in academic and research institutions that are helping transform the world?s largest democracy. The profiles of students, scholars, and administrators documented in this series provide a compelling tapestry of technological, social and academic innovation in 21st century India. Please enjoy the series and join the story discussions on what higher education is accomplishing in India.

Each year, 500,000 students vie to get into one of 16 Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses nationally, but there are 12,000 available seats, and a good portion of them are among the 7,000 total seats at IIT Madras.

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Between 600 and 700 teachers will bring innovation and creativity to the classroom to help close the achievement gap between the haves and have-nots in India.

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India finds itself wrestling with the role that class-based affirmative action should play in bringing about parity in higher education.

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