Let the rich pay for tuition
Government expenditure on higher education is provided by both the states and the Centre, with the former accounting for about two-thirds of the total of Rs 90,000 crore a year — for about 11 million students. Rounding off, one obtains that the government spends about Rs 1 lakh per college student per year — and collects less than 10 per cent in tuition. The education cess yields about Rs 32,000 crore with about a third, around Rs 11,000 crore, going towards higher education. The present structure of tuition fees yields another Rs 10,000 crore. The higher education subsidy is therefore close to Rs 70,000 crore, or about 1.3 per cent of GDP.
Why this massive subsidy? Because the forefathers of Indian higher education, the British, believed in free universities. But even
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