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Pratap Bhanu Mehta


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.

'I would feel optimistic if there were expressions of free speech and creation of new ways of thinking about creativity’

April 11, 2021 12:08 pm

In an expansive conversation, writer Amit Chaudhuri and political theorist Pratap Bhanu Mehta discuss the idiosyncrasies of Indian classical music, how it shaped Chaudhuri’s creative impulse and his idea of home and the world

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.

No space for liberal education

March 28, 2021 12:13 pm

The resignation of Pratap Bhanu Mehta should make the university system ask itself if it has outgrown the colonial legacy of loyalty to the powers that be

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.

Ashoka University founders have bartered away its soul: Raghuram Rajan after Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Arvind Subramanian exits

March 20, 2021 8:50 pm

After the exits of Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Arvind Subramanian, Raghuram Rajan has said free speech is the soul of a great university, and by compromising on it, the founders of Ashoka University have bartered away its soul.

Ashoka students call for class boycott next week, demand university reinstate Pratap Bhanu Mehta and Arvind Subramanian

March 20, 2021 12:46 am

In a statement issued late Friday night, the elected student body said that the two professors’ controversial exit had eroded their trust in the university administration to protect students from “external pressures”.