Women and rural people’s participation in tertiary education through internet resources in India: A narrative inquiry

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Sandeep Kaur Sandhu
Monash University, Australia

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India has a large formal higher education system, however, the enrolment of women and rural people in universities is not substantial. Women enrolment in tertiary education was reported only 41.5% of the total enrolment in the academic year 2010-2011 and only 7% population in rural areas have a higher education. Many socio-cultural barriers prevent people from accessing higher education in India. The integration of the Internet into the higher education sector has the potential to improve access to tertiary education in India regardless gender and area. Using personal narrative and interview data, this article explores how Internet resources can be used to enhance women and rural people’s participation in tertiary education in India.

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Sandeep Kaur Sandhu

Dr Sandeep Kuar Sandhu is a Sessional Lecturer at Monash University, Australia and a casual research assistant at RMIT University, Australia. Sandeep was awarded her PhD on the use of educational technology in higher education settings from Monash University in 2016. Dr Sandeep Sandhu has special expertise in use of ICT in higher education, mixed-method approaches in educational researches, teacher education, narrative inquiries and the Social Construction of Technology theory. Sandeep has almost eight years of multicultural experience of teaching and research in tertiary education in Australia, UK and India.