Is it okay for top universities to auction seats and other questions
What is your first reaction if you come to know that 10% of seats in the Indian Institutes of Technology will be auctioned to the highest bidder from this year? What if a rich privately funded foreign university like Harvard does the same? Is it okay to pay children to read to incentivise them? Should prisons be turned over to private corporations to run? Should mercenaries be allowed to fight a country’s wars? These questions and more in the same vein were asked by the world famous Harvard guru of justice Michael Sandel at a public lecture in Delhi last week on the topic “What money can’t buy: The moral limits of markets". The topic was provocative enough to get a packed hall Wednesday evening and for all those who weren’t there, 12 lectures that are part of Sandel’s justice course are here: http://www.justiceharvard.org/watch/.