The function of a university in times of a learning crisis4 min read . Updated: 15 Feb 2021, 10:11 PM IST
Constitutional values should be vital to all education if the Humboldtian ideal is to be achieved
A few centuries ago, Wilhelm von Humboldt, a liberal reformer and humanist, defined the university as “nothing other than the spiritual life of those human beings who are moved by external leisure or internal pressures toward learning and research." Even if a university would not exist, Humboldt felt that a free (wo)man would otherwise “privately reflect and collect, another might join with (wo)men of his own age, a third might find a circle of disciples. Such is the picture to which the state must remain faithful if it wishes to give an institutional form to such indefinite and rather accidental human operations."
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