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Higher education can help in strengthening democracy, creating a just society: Experts

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

holds a key role in creating a just society and strengthening democracy, experts said while discussing higher education's impact on inequality and of youth.

Participating in the discussion titled 'Role of in Creating a Just Society' at the (UNSW) centre here, Rod Hilton, deputy high commissioner- Australian High Commission, Raj Kumar, of O P and Gabrielle Appleby, at School of Law- UNSW, stressed on the strong relationship between higher and the creation of a just society.

Talking about the two-fold role of education in a democracy, Kumar said that education plays an important role in strengthening while working on perfecting it.

"Education, and higher education, helps in developing informed and enlightened citizenry and strengthens By addressing inequalities, education helps in empowering people, he said

He pointed out that education has a meaningful role to play in preventing India's large youthful populace from slipping into "vulnerabilities" by creating "greater resilience" in society.

Acknowledging that is at a "rudimentary stage of education" facing a number of challenges like lack of funding for research and mediocrity in institutions, he added that the heart of higher education system "should not be only building a just society, but also building a sense of justice".

Hilton, who was moderating the discussion, said the new 'Economic Strategy to 2035' report released by the focuses on the strong cooperation in the education sector between the two countries as one of the major pillars of their strategic partnership.

"Education is the flagship sector outlined in the report," Hilton said, adding that there are 68,000 Indian students in and the figure was growing in double-digit numbers in the last few years.

While emphasising on the tools of analysis, evaluation and critical thought, Appleby said that students and faculty should be encouraged to have "a questioning mind and the power of questioning".

"Education's focal contribution is developing students who go on to become and contribute to their country's civil society," she added while citing Feminist Judgments Project, through which women activists are asked to re-write judgments with a feminist outcome.

The and recently signed an agreement between the and two schools of business where students will be part of an exchange program for a semester.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 18:30 IST