Diaspora philanthropy in Indian Higher Education: A Study of Aligarh Muslim University

Author Name

Monika Bisht

Author Address

PhD Research Scholar, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) Monika Bisht ,


Diaspora Philanthropy


Diaspora community has a vital role in the development of the homeland. It is evident that diaspora communities have socio-cultural and ethnic connections with their original homeland and therefore, they intend to contribute back to their family and communities. Over the years, the contribution of Diaspora communities has been rapidly increasing through remittance, skills transfer, business investment, educational funds, advocacy and so on. In 2015, the total number of global financial contribution was estimated around $330.25 billion. Education isone of the coreareas of development.The role of alumni has become significant for the development of the education in their alma mater. Significantly, the NRI alumni has been financially contributing to their alma mater. India has been a second largest sending countries of skilled workers and professional to the western countries since 1990s. They are substantially returning back to their alma mater as a token of gratitude or feeling of association. In India, the universities or collegeshave been receiving a substantially funds from abroad. Aligarh Muslim University is considered as a historic case of philanthropic activities by its alumni since its establishment.In this context, the paper will try to understand the philanthropic activities of alumni associations in the development of higher education. It will discuss the types, nature and role of Diaspora philanthropy in higher education. It will also study the institutional structure of fund raising activities of Aligarh Muslim Universities. It will also critically address the role of Indian government in facilitating the Diaspora philanthropic activities.


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