Can higher education strengthen democracy?

Can higher education strengthen democracy?

New Delhi: Education holds a key role in creating a just society and strengthening democracy, experts said while discussing higher education’s impact on inequality and empowerment of youth.

Participating in the discussion titled ‘Role of Education in Creating a Just Society’ at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) centre here, Rod Hilton, deputy high commissioner- Australian High Commission, Raj Kumar, founding vice chancellor of O P Jindal Global University and Gabrielle Appleby, associate professor at School of Law- UNSW, stressed on the strong relationship between higher education 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 democracy while working on perfecting it.

“Education, and higher education, helps in developing informed and enlightened citizenry and strengthens democracy. 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 India 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’’. PTI