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Title: Education as an Instrument of Social Change in India
Other Titles: Indian Journal of Law and Justice, Vol. 11 No. 1 (Part III), March 2020, p 71 - 83
Authors: Barman, Ankur
Issue Date: Mar-2020
Publisher: University of North Bengal
Abstract: Education is a powerful and effective instrument of social change and social development. Social change is a gradual but inevitable process that occurs when the existing social system or network of social institutions fall short of fulfilling the needs of society. And also when there are new needs, new discoveries and inventions and evolving thought processes in society. Education is a major vector in society, but previously it was largely allocated a conservative role; its main function being familiarization of new generation with the ways of the world so as to maintain and preserve social order. During times of rapid social change, such as the first and second half of the 20th century, as well as that of 21st century, the role of education in the service of the nation is emphasized. During times of comparative prosperity and peace, experimentation in education becomes possible and is supported, and more realistic as well as idealistic goals, can be pursued. But the most fundamental and significant role that education plays is in the ideological and moral spheres. Social changes are a result of a multitude of changes in social, national and international factors. Widespread education can initiate and channelize social changes by bringing about a change in the very outlook and thought pattern of individuals. This paper discusses how education certainly can bring about changes in the pattern of social relationships and progress. It also analyses the nature and causes of social change and how education causes it and is altered by the same.
ISSN: 0976-3570
Appears in Collections:Vol.11 No. 1 Part 3 (March 2020)

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