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

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Domicile Reservations in National Law Universities

National law universities set up by state governments have remained “islands” for too long–elitist and distanced from the local communities in which they were located. Domicile reservations, favouring students who are from the state where such universities have been set up are one way of rectifying this trend. The elite resistance to this move has no basis in constitutional principles and reflects an unfounded fear of the “local.”

Rapid Growth of Private Universities

Over the last two decades India has witnessed a rapid rise in the number of private universities. Various state governments have encouraged and justified this growth in order to increase enrolment in higher education, and private capital has welcomed this state encouragement. However, the implications of this move on access to higher education and the variety of other challenges that it presents are debated. Based on higher education enrolment data from the All India Survey on Higher Education, this paper attempts to study the social and academic character of universities to understand the consequences of the rapid growth of private universities for the university space as a whole.

Who Will Bell the Cop?

Merely enacting laws, however well-intentioned, to overcome social evils in a society will fail if these laws are not implemented. Two instances are legislation relating to prenatal diagnostics and the prevention of atrocities against Dalits. The failure in implementation can be attributed to the police forces lacking the capability to be modern law enforcement agencies. Wide-ranging and in-depth police reforms are therefore necessary to ensure that laws are actually implemented and effective.

Calcutta Diary

Substitution of sales taxation by value added tax, it is being claimed, will reduce distortions in the economy caused by multiple rates of taxation of inputs and help the establishment of an integrated national market. What a pipe-dream. A seemingly fractured market which nonetheless promotes faster and more balanced development is to be preferred any day to an arrangement where the national market is technically integrated and yet overwhelmingly unfriendly to growth. Who will tell that though to the docile chief ministers and state finance ministers who have volunteered to sign their own death warrants?
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