Political Instability and Its Influence on Higher Education: A Study of Students’ Perceptions in Manipur University
Authors: Leishangthem Linda Devi
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Higher education is one of the major indicators of development in today’s society. That is why countries around the globe are giving a premium emphasis on higher education, be it on its funding, enrolment, expansion, quality, etc., countries are giving heeds to everything for its development. Higher education in India has also made a remarkable change since Independence. But, today, due to many factors in our national life such as socio-economic factors, political factors or environmental factors, our educational institutions are getting affected to a great extent. Besides these factors, higher education in the country also faces many challenges and issues. Some of these major challenges and issues are related to its growth, quantity, quality, disparities between rural-urban, male-female disparity, regional disparity, fast trending process of privatization in higher education institutes, impact of globalization on higher education, etc. Manipur is not an exception to all such phenomena. Manipur remains as one of the most unstable States in the entire North-Eastern States of India with varying degrees of extremist activities happening in the State. Terms like bandhs, strikes, economic blockades, etc. needs no special description for any people residing in Manipur. In the recent years, an uncountable number of bandhs, general strikes, economic blockades, etc. have taken place in the State. Every aspect of life gets affected due to these factors. Education sector is one among the most affected one. The present study thus attempts to discuss some of the major influences of political instability on higher education in the State of Manipur.