Teachers and students as political actors in Indian higher education

Sharma, Aishna, Chishti, Vanessa and Pathak, Binay Kumar (2021) Teachers and students as political actors in Indian higher education. In: Changing higher education in India. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 211-240. ISBN 9781350192409

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Aishna Sharma Vanessa Chishti Binay Kumar Pathak The two primary pragmatic objectives of any higher educational institution (HEI) are teaching and research. For the accomplishment of these tasks, academic freedom – allowing students and teachers the agency to work without arbitrary external constraints – is a necessary condition. In higher education in India, this agency has been progressively shrinking over the past several years owing to the dominance of a neoliberal discourse in higher education policy and political interference. The democratic functioning of universities has been severely impacted with the exclusion of teachers and students from institutional decision-making, formal and informal curbs on the freedom to dissent as well as a culture of debate and intellectual openness. It is here that the role of unions and political associations of teachers and students in preserving this democratic nature of HEIs, publicness of higher education and the academic freedom of teachers and...

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Higher educational institution | Higher education policy
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Political Science
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Education
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2022 10:39
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2022 10:39
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350192409.ch-009
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/976


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