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This contribution examines the Government of India’s proposed public-private partnership (PPP) strategies in education in its Tenth and Eleventh Five Year Plans. The analysis aims to ascertain the state’s role as financier, manager, and regulator of education in view of the proposed PPP strategies. The analysis shows that strategies strongly link PPPs in education with privatisation, and further, that despite assertions of ‘a greatly expanded role for the state’, the proposed strategies result in a diminished role for the state in education financing, management, and regulation.

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