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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Concerns about Autonomy and Academic Freedom in Higher Education Institutions

Economic & Political Weekly, 16/04/2011, By Ved Prakash

Vol XLVI No.16 April 16, 2011 

Autonomy is crucial for the growth and development of higher education. Considering how different commissions and committees set up by the Government of India from time to time have looked at autonomy and accountability, this essay makes the point that there is an interesting interplay between the two and that without them it is virtually impossible to achieve excellence. It argues that the governance structure in all institutions of higher learning should be conducive for consensus making, resulting in both autonomy and accountability. Besides focusing on factors which can significantly contribute to enhancing autonomy, the article argues that effective autonomy cannot descend as a “gift” from above, it has to be earned.

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