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Globalization and Higher Education in India by M. Bhaskaran Nair, K. N. Panikkar

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Education and Intellectual Property Rights

K. Ramachandran Nair

Education is critically important to over all development of a society. But it is a tragedy that the twenty-first century, considered as a century of knowledge, is exposed to market forces. Indeed a knowledge market has emerged at the instance of owners of capital which has virtually come to decide what to produce, how to produce, how much to produce and for whom to produce. In the process, ‘knowledge’ has become a marketed good and ‘education’ has become a vehicle to produce ‘knowledge’ that has a market. Education is to be ‘cost-effective’ and if possible generate knowledge along with economic profits. Pursuit of economic profits became the criteria for expenditure on education. ...

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