Academic Freedom in the World’s Largest Democracy

  • William G Tierney
  • Nidhi S Sabharwal
Keywords: academic freedom, India, faculty rights and responsibilities


India is the world’s largest democracy, but does democratic governance ensure that academic freedom is the same regardless of geographic location?  We review recent developments pertaining to academic freedom in India and consider the limitations being placed on faculty in the classroom, in their research, and with regard to extramural speech and actions.

Author Biographies

William G Tierney

William G. Tierney is university professor, Wilbur-Kieffer professor of higher education, and co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. He currently has a Fulbright Fellowship to India.

Nidhi S Sabharwal

Nidhi S. Sabharwal is associate professor in the Center for Policy Research in Higher Education at the National University of Educational Planning and Administration in New Delhi, India. 

How to Cite
Tierney, W. G., & Sabharwal, N. S. (2016). Academic Freedom in the World’s Largest Democracy. International Higher Education, (86), 15-16.
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