Elitism affecting West Bengal education sector: Amartya Sen

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 16, 2013 15:40 hrs

Kolkata, Feb 16 (IANS) Elitisim is one of the many issues plaguing the education sector in West Bengal, said Nobel laureate Amartya Sen Saturday.

"There are many issues of different kinds... there is a question of elitisim. We can improve one college. Not others. Why," Sen said referring to the upgradation of Presidency College into Presidency University.

Sen was in the city to launch a book "Adhipatya O Lokapragna" authored by Kumar Rana, project director of Pratichi Trust of which the celebrated economist is the founder-chairperson.

The book speaks about concerns like hegemony and tradition of keeping the downtrodden away from acquiring education.

The renowned economist and educator suggested establishment of a high-level educational committee to tackle the problems.

"There has to be a high level educational committee to look into it," said Sen whose next book "An Uncertain Glory: India and its contradictions" will be out in July.

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