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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 397  

The scourge of cartelization

Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027, India

Date of Web Publication1-Sep-2020

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Dr. Harpreet Singh Grover
Secretary, Indian Society of Periodontology, Chief Consultant, Dr. Grover's Dental Clinic, J-9/48 (Second Floor), Rajouri Garden, New Delhi - 110 027
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DOI: 10.4103/jisp.jisp_492_20

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Over the past few years there has been increasing pressure to adopt corporate management or corporate style of functioning to raise and improve the efficiency of academic organizations.

However this makeover and the intermingling of corporate and academic cultures have brought both the potential benefits and concerns. While some proponents applaud the enhanced efficiency and opportunities there's another group that worry about institutions losing their very soul to the unhealthy practice of cartelization, rampant in the corporate milieu and ecosystem.

Historically, cartel has been defined as a coalition for cooperative arrangement between some parties or individuals intended to promote a mutual interest. The prime purpose being restricted competition. Originally used to refer to the coalition of the conservative and national liberal parties in Germany (1887). Cartelization as a strategy was later on adapted by various trade and market participants who colluded with each other to enhance their profits and dominate the market. Most jurisdictions consider it down right anti-competitive behavior and in many countries such as the United States virtually all cartels regardless of their line of business are illegal by virtue of their antitrust laws.

World over cartels are omnipresent, be it the pharmaceutical industry, the oil and petroleum industry, the education industry and even in the film and television industry. Cartels monopolise business services and organizations to the point where honest and well run entities just cannot survive because rules are set in such a fashion that interests of the cartels remain protected.

In professional bodies too it has led to a quid pro quo situation. The moot question is how to protect a well-run academic entity from this menace. We as a society have shown great commitment and resolve and also substantial amounts of time, energy and resources were invested to incorporate major codes of conduct, best practices and ethical guidelines by our founding fathers while preparing the governing documents. This was assiduously preserved by those who followed them and thus this challenge has been soundly met and weeded out.

An organization can only thrive when there is no rigging or fixing involved, there is no suppression of competition, there is no forced limitation of output and there are no curbs to reduce performance. It will then allow the society/organization/association to fulfill its avowed objectives: Students committed to learning, academics committed to educating and researchers committed to following their intellectual priorities rather than a cartel's agenda.

The Indian Society of Periodontology has rightly been a torch bearer in that direction.


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