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The Case of Kerala Agricultural University

Academic Administration and Academic Freedom

Programmatic freedom of faculty and researchers is fundamental to creation of knowledge, as everything has to be open to question and scepticism. The universities and academic institutions are established as autonomous institutions to ensure academic freedom. However, it is observed that the autonomy of academic institutions tends to result in centralisation of power in the hands of institutional heads, and is misappropriated to curtail programmatic autonomy of individual academics. The recent penal measures taken against some faculty members of the Kerala Agricultural University are analysed against this backdrop.

A university is an exceptional place—a place of ideas that prepares the society for livelihood, inculcates citizenship, and develops a love for lifelong learning.

— Chandra 2018: 128

For all kinds of reasons—both good and, I fear, bad—the academy, particularly in its higher reaches, has become a matter of entirely “non-academic” interest for all kinds of unlikely people.

— Rai 2018: 12

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Updated On : 13th Oct, 2020

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