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CHANDIGARH: Professor Krishan Kumar delivered the once a year 3rd J C Anand Memorial Lecture organised by way of the department of political science, Panjab University, here on Friday. Professor Kumar, a Padma Shri recipient, is a renowned educationist, who has taught In Delhi University and served as the director of NCERT.

Professor Kumar whilst speaking on the 'Public Significance of Education' started his lecture by way of distinguishing the query of public importance from that of private importance where training is associated with social mobility and participation within the modern financial system. He also famous that the issue in a South Asian context also calls for reflection on the nature of the general public sphere including who it includes and its regional permutations given the legacy of colonialism.

"One of the important functions of the education system in India has been in selection of the elites, those who become the office-bearers of the state apparatus, and this is a continuing legacy of the colonial state in independent India. That is why the education system in India is focussed on the examination system through which the selection process takes place with the idea of meritocracy. But this is not the main public role of education," said Prof Kumar.

Drawing inspiration from Ambedkar's critique of the caste device which doesn't allow for various knowledges to have a not unusual spaces, Professor Kumar argued that the specific public function of training is that it creates predispositions i.e. it socialises us into specific techniques of considering and coming near the sector. But this means of socialisation, where training is a part of the secondary institution of socialisation with the circle of relatives being the main one, also creates the opportunity of exchange in society. Professor Kumar's lecture used to be a scintillating account of the philosophy and practices of training and used to be listened to in rapt consideration by way of a large audience.

Urvashi Gulati, IAS, former chief information commissioner; Meenaxi Anand Chaudhery, IAS former chief secretary, Haryana and Keshni Anand Arora, IAS further chief secretary, earnings, daughters of Prof Anand, were provide on the occasion. Gulati felt honoured that iconic personalities have delivered orations for Prof Anand. She said that is the 3rd oration where a famous educationist and student is turning in a memorial lecture. Remembering her father, she shared that he all the time stood for ladies empowerment and he empowered all his three daughters who got here in civil services. Prof Bhupinder Brar, Prof emeritus in Panjab University chaired the session.

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