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Discussion among stakeholders key for edu system: Amartya Sen

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Nobel laureate today said continuous discussion among stakeholders is required to take the system forward.

"Only talks can enable us to find out merits and demerits in our system. Any deficiency and lacunae in our system can be traced and defined through continuous discussion only," said.

"Discussion among teachers themselves, among teachers and students and among students themselves, thus, lead to expansion of knowledge. The basis of education is discussion," said, after launching the report of Pratichi Trust, an organisation headed by him.

He said the education and health sectors in the country had not progressed the way they should have.

"We need to correct the course. And for this, again we need to raise our voice assertively," the said.

Referring to the impasse at Jadavpur University, he said, "I had started teaching there in 1956... As I said, no mistakes can be corrected without discussion, we must also discuss the subject of debate at JU. Why the things which should have happened are not happening. Where is the need?"

Sen also said there was little mention in the media about the present state of affairs in the education and health care sectors.

"The state of affairs in education and health is barely mentioned and overshadowed by reports on entertainment. I have no issue with entertainment stories, I am ready to be entertained but not at the cost of such reports being edged out. We need to protest such trends," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 22:25 IST