An Indian University Vice Chancellor’s blog

Professor Ramakrishna Ramaswamy was appointed the Vice Chancellor of  the University of Hyderabad in India in June this year and he runs a blog – possibly the only University Vice Chancellor in India to do so.

Ramakrishna Ramaswamy Prof. Ramaswamy is new VC of University of Hyderabad

Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, VC UoH

A central Central University 

What is particularly unusual with Ramaswamy’s blog is his attempt to reach out to all levels at the University and abroad. The hierarchical and paternalistic (some would say feudal) tendencies in Indian society in general and at Indian Universities in particular are so strong that they create impenetrable barriers between every distinct academic or management “level”. Normally Vice Chancellors – in my limited experience though my mother was also a Vice Chancellor – keep their distance from the riffraff and zealously protect the access that is allowed to them.

As Prof. Ramaswamy writes

This blog is devoted to matters that are of concern to the community at the University of Hyderabad, and more generally to anyone interested in higher education matters in India. This is not to say it is purposely limited, it is just that some issues tend to be region specific.

and I wish him every success with his attempt. He takes some risk with his blog but I commend the challenge he places in front of his colleagues and students to genuinely participate and not just to “kowtow”.

I note that he is writing all his posts himself but that the comments are generally very politically correct and somewhat timid. The timidity is understandable since a Vice Chancellor wields enormous power at a University. It will take some time for the chains of political correctness to break.

A few interesting posts – like this one on anonymous allegations about corruption.

My impression with  some of the comments was of people positioning themselves in front of the “boss” – but this will surely evolve.

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2 Responses to “An Indian University Vice Chancellor’s blog”

  1. Ram Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor UoH Says:

    Thanks for coming by my blog- and the generous words above… I’m hoping that as time passes, responses on the blog will be more forthright, and also more daring!

  2. Rummuser Says:

    I am delighted and look forward to a lot of blog posts.

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