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Pluralism in the Indian University
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 42, No. 7 (Feb. 17-23, 2007), pp. 564-570
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4419255
Page Count: 7
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This essay argues that the university in India needs to foster five kinds of pluralism: in the student body, in the teaching faculty, of disciplines, of approaches within a discipline and of funding sources. It notes that the fostering of these varieties of pluralism has had to face formidable challenges from the countervailing forces of parochialism and populism. These forces need to be resisted, and our universities renewed, by making them plural in all senses of the term. For as we enter our seventh decade of freedom, what we make of ourselves will depend, far more than we presently seem to realise, on what we make of our colleges and universities.
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