Aditya Mukherjee, Matt Reed, Devesh Kapur, Michael S. Roth, Sukrita Paul Kumar and Tarun Khanna moderated by Shail Mayaram


The experience from India and other countries show how universities can play a vital role in promoting social and economic development. Yet the two cultures of the arts and humanities and of the sciences can run sometimes in parallel, sometimes in confrontation, occasionally in concert. The liberal arts are different in approach and discipline to the sciences. But which has more enduring truths to offer? And which is more useful for development? Is an integration of the two world views feasible? And what is the right combination to achieve progress beyond the university? In a nuanced and porous debate, educationists discuss the roles of the humanities and sciences and how they can work together.

Aga Khan Foundation