LOCATING INDIAN UNIVERSITIES IN KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES

A Critique

  • L T Om Prakash CHRIST (Deemed to be Universtiy)
  • Joseph Chacko Chennattuserry CHRIST (Deemed to be Universtiy)
Keywords: Change, Higher Education, India, Knowledge Production, Knowledge Societies, Research, University, Teaching

Abstract

Knowledge societies characterize a defining feature of the present era. Veering away from their initial connotation of ‘scientific temper and reasoning,’ today, they assume a new meaning in which the basis of economy, polity, and social action is knowledge. In the post-capitalist, post-industrial societies, knowledge has become the foundation of industrial productivity and social wellbeing. The crux of knowledge production has been shifting from the traditional disciplinary contexts promoted by academic interests in the universities to its applications for better productivity and wellbeing. Nevertheless, productivity and usefulness are accorded an epistemological appeal in defining what counts as ‘knowledge’. In this context, the present paper discusses the changes in knowledge production and dissemination processes in knowledge societies and their implications for universities in India.

Author Biographies

L T Om Prakash , CHRIST (Deemed to be Universtiy)

Dr L T Om Prakash is an Associate Professor of Sociology at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. His research interests are social stratification, ritual studies, education and social exclusion.

Joseph Chacko Chennattuserry, CHRIST (Deemed to be Universtiy)

Dr Joseph Chacko Chennattuserry is a Professor of International Studies and History at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru. His research interests are education, organizational culture, work values and maritime history

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Published
2019-06-29
How to Cite
Prakash , L. T. O., & Chennattuserry, J. C. (2019). LOCATING INDIAN UNIVERSITIES IN KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES. Journal of Dharma, 44(2), 215-236. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/212