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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Ashoka University


University cannot surrender its role as a site of dissent and questioning

April 19, 2021 9:02 am

The depoliticised classroom is an oxymoron, more so as “critical thinking” increasingly becomes the accepted imprimatur of academic credentials.

Ashoka University episode reveals clash between principles of capitalism and democracy

April 08, 2021 8:50 am

Good governance and profit runs into democratic values in private educational institutions. India and the world must invent new forms of world-class institutions that can bridge this fault line.

Prejudice of any kind has no place in politics

April 06, 2021 8:57 am

Lambasting and lampooning the government unreasonably doesn’t make one a revolutionary. It reflects a lack of open-mindedness, flexibility and spirit of accommodation.

Why the Pratap Bhanu Mehta episode is not about academic freedom

April 05, 2021 8:48 am

No one has called his academic output into question. Freedom of expression is, however, a far greater asset for democracy and needs to be zealously protected.

What Ashoka University controversy says about the failures of private institutions

April 02, 2021 11:40 am

Greater push towards privatisation has implications for academic freedom and diversity in education institutions. For a more just, equal educational system, the state must have a role

Threats to academic freedom have always existed, it's on leadership to deal with them: Pune University Vice-chancellor

March 29, 2021 7:02 pm

Karmalkar, who was attending an Idea Exchange with The Indian Express, was asked if there has been any perceptible threat to academic freedom and increase in external pressures on universities over the last few years.

What Chandro Tomar's life teaches us about Ashoka University crisis

March 29, 2021 8:53 am

How many pundits can, through their writings and debates, hope to achieve a fraction of the impact she has had on the lives of young women?

Won't interfere in varsity functioning, faculty freedom: Ashoka Trustees

March 24, 2021 6:57 am

The board of Trustees of Ashoka University wrote to the students on Tuesday, assuring that they will not interfere in the academic functioning of the university and that the faculty's freedom to write and speak in their chosen fora and on their chosen themes will be protected.

'Annual townhall, email-based feedback': Ashoka University reaffirms freedom of expression in letter to students

March 23, 2021 9:32 pm

Students at Ashoka University had called for a two-day boycott of classes starting Monday, to protest the resignation of their teachers, Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Arvind Subramanian.

After PB Mehta, Arvind Subramanian's exit, Ashoka University acknowledges 'lapses in institutional processes'

March 22, 2021 3:25 am

The statement has been jointly issued by Chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee, V-C Malabika Sarkar, Chairman Board of Trustees Ashish Dhawan, Mehta and Subramanian. It came a few hours after Mehta wrote to all students urging them to not "press" for his return.