ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Restoring Academic Freedom through Bureaucratic Fiat

Restoring Academic Freedom through Bureaucratic Fiat RIGID government control and absence of democratic decision-making formed the bedrock of Higher Education Policy during the seven-year TDP rule. Not only were elections to the university bodies abolished, but governmental control was exercised in a brute manner robbing the universities of their fragile academic freedom. The abortive bid to form the state commissionerate for higher education to act as a super university and the retrograde privatisation policy based on the notorious three Vice-Chancellors' Report further eroded the autonomy of the universities. Many naively believed that academic freedom and democratic process would be restored when Chenna Reddy after he assumed the chief ministership announced that the universities would be freed from governmental control. But they were in for a shock. The newly-enacted legislation, the Andhra Pradesh Universities Bill, 1990 though it permits a few elected representatives of teachers enter the executive council (to be called as Board of Management in the proposal set-up) and academic senate, govern ment control over the universities remains as firm as it was during the TDP rule.

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