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Question of the day: To teach or not to teach

April 9, 2013

Let us take the case of  (Architecture, Urban, Planning, Transport, Structure) design consultancy of public projects, supposedly open to all.

All applicants are equal in the eyes of the client (institution/ trust/ society/ charity/ local authority/ semi, non and proper government) and it is, theoretically, a level playing field as far as private players are concerned… right?

Where the market regulates the fees and businesses remain as moral as they choose to be, take a scenario where those who want to do big projects invariably cut down fees/ offer bribes to decision makers/ take cuts from contractors.

Q.: Why didn’t some private consultants who were also teachers at C.E.P.T. ever need to cut their rates and give in to harsh market demands?

Now choose an answer:

  1. They were already quoting competitive rates and were content with what came their way
  2. They believed in sticking to their guns as regards fees and so, no spoiling the field
  3. They were much better than all others, and potential clients knew that
  4. Some of us are  more equal than others
  5. All of the above

Answer and explanation coming soon…

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