Call for Chapters: Covid-19 Crisis and the Future of Higher Education in India

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May 30, 2021
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Call for Chapters

Book: Covid-19 Crisis and the Future of Higher Education in India


Dear Colleagues and Professors

We are seeking proposals for chapters for possible inclusion in the forthcoming book ‘Covid-19 and the Future of Higher Education in India under consideration with reputed international publication. This book is intended to offer authoritative and up to date survey of original research, with critical examination of the sectoral impact of coronavirus in diverse areas of higher education and the future outlook in India.

The purpose of this book is to explore the future of higher education, and the cost and impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Higher education in India. This edited book will provide a critical reflection on the sectoral impact, opportunities and challenges for higher education in post-pandemic India.  This book will serve as an opportunity for faculties, researchers and practitioners to reconsider and reimagine the governance, financing and management of higher education institutions.

Please send your proposed title, abstract (no more than 300 words), name, and affiliation to & cc to by May 31, 2021.



Any cursory reading of history proves that humankind has experienced a number of catastrophes in the past, including the disastrous outbreak of epidemics. However, the universal and deadly impact of the novel coronavirus and the ambiguity and incredibility surrounding the efficacy of the vaccine has created chaos among people and governments worldwide. The outbreak of the virus has left us with no choice but to arrest and isolate ourselves in our homes. Educators, governments, service providers, parents and students around the world have been under extraordinary pressure of the Covid-19 pandemic as schools, colleges and universities shut down amid the public health emergency. According to UNESCO, in April 2020, schools, colleges and universities were closed in 185 countries affecting a total of 89.4 per cent of total enrolled students. Approximately 1.72 billion students have been affected worldwide, and around 32 crores (320 million) in India alone, leading to several unforeseen challenges which have erupted in the education sector.

While many students have been able to cope with the changes, the pandemic has adversely affected many, especially the students from low-income groups. The spread of the pandemic Covid-19 has drastically disrupted every aspect of human life including education. It can be described as the ultimate litmus test of the education sector.

Governments around the world have introduced many alternatives to diminish the impact of closure of educational institutions particularly for the more vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and have been facilitating the continuity of education for all using different digital modes of learning. According to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, there are 993 universities, 39,931 colleges and 10,725 stand-alone institutions which contribute to higher education.

Even though the country has been adapting to the new-age learning methodologies, there are several obstacles: chiefly that of access to the internet. With just 45 crore (450 million) people of our total population having access to the internet, a significant percentage of learners especially those residing in rural areas are deprived of online education. The pandemic has significantly disrupted the higher education sector. Many Indian students who are enrolled in Universities abroad, especially in countries which are the worst affected, have returned to India.  If the situation persists, in the long run, there will be a significant decline in the demand for international higher education. In many educational institutions around the world, campuses are closed, and teaching-learning has moved online. Internationalization of education has slowed down considerably. As unemployment has increased and the financial capacity of Indian homes has come under severe strain, there has been a drop in enrolments and inability of families to fund higher education of their children. Public institutions too, are under threat of reduced funding, especially student scholarships and Research & Development.

On the flipside, the pandemic could also prompt reform in fee structures and creation of more cost-effective programmes. The Covid-19 pandemic has fostered a virtual learning culture and managed to ensure the continuity of teaching-learning process in India.

Indian academia has needed transformation, long before the onset of the pandemic. As was famously said by Winston Churchill,’ Never let a crisis go to waste’. To understand, how Covid-19 has changed the patterns of governance, pedagogy and future of higher education in India, the shifting trends that have been adopted, the opportunities it has brought in as well as the challenges thrown up by the paradigm shift in higher education, we need to dissect each one of these aspects. This exercise will help us to reassess the future of higher education in India.

This book will provide a comprehensive picture of

  1. The multiple impacts of COVID -19 on higher education, on enrolment, dropout rate, quality of the teaching learning process & the staggering of an entire academic year.
  1. Measures taken by HEIs and educational authorities of India to provide seamless educational services during the crisis: new modes of learning, new perspectives and new trends.
  1. An analysis of the short and long-term impact and future measures of the pandemic on higher education.

The book poses fundamental questions like Can India emerge from this crisis with a refreshed perspective and boost higher education? Will educators rise to the challenge? Has the crisis actually strengthened the resilience of HEIs?  Will the evolving pedagogy of the future keep the student at the centre of the new landscapes and pathways of education? Eminent educationists will answer these core questions through their insights in the various chapters of the book.

Possible topics might include (but are not limited to):

  • Digital First Approach
  • Online Learning
  • Mental & Technical preparedness of Teachers & Students for online learning
  • Initiatives of the government in response to the pandemic
  • Lockdown and Responses of the HE Institutions to the pandemic
  • Government Funding & Institutional Budgeting
  • Admission & Enrolment Challenges
  • Institutional Autonomy
  • Online Assessment
  • Socio-Economic Impact
  • Digital Divide
  • Internationalisation and mobility
  • Impact on research
  • Future directions-Post-Pandemic Opportunities
  • Capacity building & leadership
  • Covid-19, higher education and impact of society.
  • The impact of the corona virus on Global Higher Education and repercussions in India
  • New directions in higher education in India after Covid-19.
  • How higher educational institutions can evolve in a post covid-19 world.
  • Remote online exams in higher education during the covid-19 crisis.
  • Universities will never be the same after the corona crisis.
  • Covid-19 and Technical education
  • Covid-19 and Medical Education.
  • Covid-19 and Government’s role in managing higher education.


Guidelines to Authors:

  1. Length: Each chapter should be between 7000 - 10000 words maximum (including reference list, charts and tables);
  2. Style: Times Roman, 12pt, 2.0 spacing would be highly appreciated;
  3. Methods: There are no methodological restrictions: Contributions of a conceptual or theoretical nature, policy analysis based on qualitative, quantitative or mixed method and on reliance on primary or secondary sources are welcome.
  4. Referencing: In text referencing is appreciated. APA referencing style should be consistently applied. Where necessary the author should subject their chapter to plagiarism analysis.
  5. Policy considerations: Contributions are expected to flag major conclusions and recommendations for policy consideration by government, regulatory authorities and education institutions.


Notes for Prospective Contributors:

  • Draft chapters should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere;
  • Draft chapters are to be subjected to peer review;
  • Draft chapters should be submitted electronically in word file to Raosaheb Bawaskar at and cc to Dr. Saraswathi Unni at


Important Dates:

  • Submission of Abstract: 31st May, 2021.

(Abstract bearing name of author & co-authors with short biographies of the authors, no more than 50 words;

  • Submission of first draft chapter: 15th August 2021
  • Review & feedback: 30th August 2021
  • Submission of final chapter: 30th October 2021



The Editor(s):

Prof. (Dr.) K.V.S.Sarma

Vice-Chancellor, Maharashtra National Law University, Aurangabad, India. Previously, he was a Professor of Law & Registrar, NALSAR University of Law and Consumer Law Chair Professor, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India. Prof. Sarma is professional Arbitrator, Mediator & Legal Consultant.

Prof. Dr. Santishree Dhulipudi-Pandit

Professor, at Department of Politics & Public Administration, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India. Dr. Santishree is Member of the Board of Directors of several prestigious academic bodies such as- ICSSR, New Delhi; ICCR, New Delhi; IIAS, Shimla; MAKIAS, Kolkata; & MPISS, Ujjain, India.

Dr. Saraswathi Unni

Senior Research Fellow, Water Policy Centre, Aurangabad, India. & Previously, Dr.Unni is the former Head and Associate Professor, in the Department of Political Science, NES Ratnam College, Mumbai. She has been engaged with  teaching and research for more than 35 years.

Raosaheb Bawaskar

Director, Water Policy Centre, Aurangabad, India & Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, NES Ratnam College, Mumbai. &Visiting faculty at University of Mumbai & SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai.

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Water Policy Center, India


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