12-OCT-2019: Lecture series concludes at CAS History
ALIGARH October 12: The Centre of Advanced Study, Department of History, today organized the final lecture in a 3 lecture series, commemorating Mahatama Gandhi, on his 150th birth anniversary.
The lecture was delivered by Dr Anirudh Deshpande of Delhi University on 'How relevant is Gandhiji's vision of education today'.
In the talk, he briefly described the emergence of education system in 18-19th centuries, both in the Western world and within India. In the process he dwelled on the ideals of modernity which had developed in the West because of three major events, the Enlightenment, the French Revolution and the Rise of Industrial Capitalism. The development of modern thought and education invoked two kinds of reactions, one of Romanticism and the other of Modern Socialists.
Dr Deshpande largely located Gandhi in the Romantic reaction to modernity. But he also asserted that Gandhiji's ideals and opinions changed and evolved with time and it isn't possible to limit him to a particular thought.
According to the speaker, one thing that was primarily asserted by Gandhiji regarding education was that it shouldn't be divorced from real world. Suggesting the learning of letters should go hand in hand with vocational learning.
The session which was chaired by Professor Farhat Hasan from University of Delhi was followed by a vibrant question and answer session. A large number of students, research scholars and teachers remained present.
Previous two talks were delivered by Prof Irfan Habib and Prof Mohammad Sajjad, respectively.
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