The 18 to 23 age segment forms the core of India’s future manpower. In 2004-05, about one-eighth of the population in this age group had enrolled themselves for courses in higher education. This figure was a fraction of the average enrolment recorded in developed economies. The Ministry of Human Resource Development has recently introduced four Bills for bringing in changes to this sector. The Bills address a wide range of issues in regulation, from supervision to accreditation and dispute settlement. In this context, we present here a snapshot of the higher education scenario in India.