Autonomy Will Commoditise Academia
Aligarh: The commoditisation of education will lead to 'destruction of excellence, reason, epistemic exteriority' and the institutes will become 'bastions of patriarchy and casteism', said Emeritus Professor Prabhat Patnaik. He was delivering an extension lecture on 'The Commoditisation of Higher Education', at the Department of Philosophy, Aligarh Muslim University. Prof. Patnaik also said 'products of this commoditisation will simply be commodities neatly packaged for the market'.
A noted economist and ideologue, Professor Patnaik pointed out that giving autonomy to certain institutions of higher learning would eventually lead to financial autonomy which implies a hike in the education expenditure of individual students as compared to present system, which is funded by the public.
He was referring to the recent University Grants Commission (UGC) decision to accord autonomy to sixty Higher Educational Institutions which have maintained high academic standards.
(Source: NDTV Education)