ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Understanding the Logic of Neo-liberalism in Education

This article attempts a critique of the private institutions in higher education by examining how they realise three concepts of access, choice and equity to form a distinct discourse of education. Using techniques of substitution and false logic in their arguments, democratic language is appropriated by such institutions as a kind of co-option technique, high on rhetoric but perhaps leaving behind the very real issues that privatisation in general purports to overcome, and creating some new ones of their own. This, ironically, may also succeed in blurring the distinction between public and private institutions, and nullify the basis on which they have entered education.

The Pitfalls of Privatisation of Higher Education

Critics of Karnataka's private universities bills, that were passed recently by the legislature, have focused on the basis on which they have been passed as well as the lack of regulatory frameworks for the functioning of the universities. Besides these very valid concerns, we need to refl ect on what else is implied in the increasing privatisation of higher education and why is it important to discuss it in a broader context.

Body as Object: Ethical Concerns Underlying Medical Research and Practice

What ordinary people would consider violations of ethical norms of society are seldom seen as such by medical practitioners and researchers who may go against such norms in the larger interests of science. The conduct of clinical trials in India illustrates this conflict which arises primarily because of particular objectifications of the human body. This article emphasises the need for drawing upon philosophy and the sociology of science, and their inclusion in medical curriculum in order to develop ethical practices within the medical community.

Karaoked: Plagiarism in the Classroom

Contemporary culture is plagiaristic in many ways as culture itself is sustained through copying and imitation. Prevailing plagiaristic practices can be linked to other facets such as the world of work, increased use of technology, teaching-learning practices in the arts, and popular culture in which copying and imitation are integral parts. This article explores how some of these practices influence student "plagiarism" in academic institutions. It also argues that plagiarism cannot be embedded in a discourse of morality and suggests some simple, pragmatic ways in which these can be overcome in the Indian context.
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