The vision and aims of higher education in India are grand- to tap the inviolate demographic resources of the country and equip them with enough opportunities so as to ensure nation-building and development. Ever since the country’s independence, all the policies and programs aimed at the redemption of higher education of India have been aiming at this particular issue. This sector has always provided innumerable opportunities for national development but is also marred with a lot of challenges and practical difficulties that delay the progress. Education is not only a tool for social progress, but also the means to achieve political and economic freedom. Though there are a plethora of policies which envisage a proper structure and progress for higher development, inadequate stress on the quality of education has been one of the biggest issues concerning the sector. This research paper discusses the various challenges and issues faced by higher education in India and the way ahead.
Keywords: Accessibility, AICTE, Challenges, Collaboration, Higher education, Human development, Employability, Empowerment, Enrollment, Enrollment of students, Politicization, Privatization, Right to education, Regulatory bodies, Research and development, Udaan, UGC, Unemployment.