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

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Self-financialisation and the Qualitative Shifts in Engineering Education in Kerala

The self-financed quantitative expansion of engineering education in Kerala since the beginning of the 2000s should not be seen as a logical expansion consistent with demand and supply. Rather it should be primarily seen as qualitative, contributing to a change in the meaning of what engineering education is and has historically been. The qualitative aspect of this expansion is argued from the political economy of engineering education and is deriving from the displacement of functional role attributable to engineering education following the crisis of skills in the new accumulation regime and the new role that engineering education has been playing in the regimentation of the overall field of higher education.

The Engineering Turn

The Birth of an Indian Profession: Engineers, Industry, and the State, 1900–47 by Aparajith Ramnath, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2017; pp xvi + 267, ₹ 895.

The Great Education Divide

It is time to break the mythical divide between general higher education that raises consciousness, and professional education that is instrumental to employment and marketable research.

Do We Need the AICTE?

The article by J V Deshpande (EPW, December 2, 2000) exposed the nexus between the AICTE and politicians, not a day too soon. If at all, his account of the AICTE’s working is mild. Fifteen years ago, when the AICTE was legislated, there could have been some justification for it. There were less than about 500 engineering colleges then. It is only after India gave up the bureaucrat-dictated, politicianpostulated, socialistic centralised control of every human endeavour that there has been a growing demand for engineering, business management and computer applications education. Governments and universities are in no position to undertake the massive expansion that is required in our university education, especially in the professions of engineering, medicine, business management and computers.
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