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ERIC Number: ED259433
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Discriminatory Pricing in Education. Occasional Paper 8.
Tilak, Jandhyala B. G.; Varghese, N. V.
This paper argues for a rational system of varied tuition rates in India that will raise a greater proportion of the revenues required to fund higher education while reducing inequities by decreasing costs for those less able to pay. The paper begins with a review of competing views of education under different economic systems, one view justifying total government support of education and the other full coverage of costs by the individual beneficiaries of the system. India, like most nonsocialist economies, combines these approaches, following a system developed over many years; this system is described in the second section of the document. In the third section the rationale and operational significance of discriminatory pricing of tuition is discussed. The current uniform fee structure produces unequal costs (in terms of ability to pay) and unequal benefits, and should be replaced by a system keyed to family income. Such a system would equalize both costs and benefits for all without altering admissions policies or levels of education furnished students. The actual fee paid would be a variable percentage of the actual cost of education. The distribution of incentives like scholarships, discussed in the report's final section, would also be discriminatory under the plan, though merit would also be recognized. (PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Educational Planning and Administration, New Delhi (India).
Identifiers - Location: India