My Urge to be a Vice-Chancellor

Economics in action

I am not happy with my position as a professor in a university. If I were in Kerala, I would have hanged around politicians trying to become a vice- or pro-vice chancellor. Being mindful of the deepening of democracy and political contestations there, politicians in Kerala have almost reserved each post of VC and PVC for a particular caste or religion.

Since that option is not open, I may lobby with the management of my university to be a head or director of a department or school of `amateur economics’. If that does not come through, I may try to be a director of a `centre for marriage studies’. It does not matter whether these serve some social purpose or not. We, academics, are clever enough to argue that everything that we do is needed badly for the society. Unfortunately, our management is smart enough to find out my ulterior…

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