Mr. Agarwal is presently Visiting Scholar at
the Indian Council for Research in International
Economic Relations (ICRIER) based at New Delhi.
He is working on the theme, 'Higher Education
and Training Sector (in India): Public Policy
and Regulatory Reforms'.
Earlier he was Financial Adviser and Coordinator
(New Initiatives) in the University Grants Commission
(India) dealing with issues of public funding
and internationalization of higher education in
India. He also steers a number of initiatives
that involve use of technology in improving the
quality of teaching-learning, research and governance
of the higher education system in India.
Prior to this, Mr. Agarwal was Director in the
Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) in
the Govt. of India where he was involved with
policy issues relating to financing, governance,
academic decentralization, restructuring, internationalization,
testing services, use of technology in education,
manpower development in IT and biotechnology.
Along with his professional career, Mr. Agarwal
is pursuing doctoral work focused on the growth
of market forces in education. His areas research
interest are: international students' mobility,
labour markets for higher science and technology
professionals, behavior of education services
(particularly higher education) in the market
place, leveraging technology in delivery of education
and information services and systems for better
Mr. Agarwal represented India in the Steering
Group of the Committee on Regional Economic Cooperation.
ESCAP (UNO) on the role of ICT in education: Developing
country's perspective at Hanoi (Vietnam) in November,
2001 and at the Workshop of the International
Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher
Education (INQAAHE). Budapest (Hungary) in May,
- Agarwal. P. Engineering Education in India:
Changing Realities and Response. In: Engineering
Education - A Vision for Better Tomorrow, Association
of Indian Universities, New Delhi, September
26-October 2, 2005, Vol.43 No. 39
- Agarwal. P. Higher Education Policy: Align
with the Market. Chartered Financial Analyst.
- Agarwal. P. External brain drain: An opportunity
for trade in higher education services for India.
University News, June, 14, 1999.
- Agarwal. P. Strategy paper for an integrated
and knowledge based community information support
system for Planning Commission (India), New
- Agarwal. P. Financing higher education in
India: A sustainable approach. Journal of Higher
Education, University Grants Commission, New
Delhi, Vol. 22, No.1, 1999.
|National Policies for Higher Education
and International Student Mobility: The Indian Context
and Global Experience
There are several changes taking place in higher
education in India. Most significant being emergence
of a significant private sector. With globalization
creating an international market for higher education,
these changes would impact the mobility of students
to and from India. This research seeks to study
the emerging market structure for higher education
in India and the regulatory environment in this
sector with focus on two major and inter-related
issues, namely the tuition fees and admission
processes. In doing so, special features of higher
education as a market process and typical characteristics
of higher education institutions and factors that
could impede the competitive process in higher
education, shall also be examined. The research
would, within the framework defined above, undertake
a quick study and analysis of the market structure
and regulatory environment for higher education
in a few countries that receive or send students
to India and project future trends of students'
mobility between India and these countries. A
broad framework of action for designing a regulatory
environment at the national level in the context
of internationalization of higher education and
emergence of global higher education markets would