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This white paper distills the deliberations on the role of higher education and research as a key enabler of a Knowledge based Society. In particular it discusses (a) the importance of higher quality PhDs for building a knowledge society, (b) the initiatives and progress in competing economies in higher education and research, (c) where Gujarat stands in comparison, and (d) some recommendations on what Gujarat can do to enable timely progress towards building a knowledge based society and economy. These deliberations were conducted in conjunction with the International Conference on 'Reconnecting Gujarati Diaspora with its Homeland: Contribution to its Development with focus on Building a Knowledge Society.


This paper was presented to the CM Shri. Narendrabhai Desai at the Round Table on 'Regulatory& Policy Reform for Higher Education in Gujarat, January 18, 2009, Gandhinagar.

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AmitSheth-Guj-PhDs-Jan2009.pdf (897 kB)
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