Dean's Welcome Address, Ambedkar Unveiling Ceremony

At the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, we are honoured that the Dr. Ambedkar International Mission (AIM) Canada, Toronto, has chosen us as the recipient of a bronze bust of Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. This image of Dr. Ambedkar will serve as a physical reminder of the core values of our Faculty.

Dr. Ambedkar is a source of inspiration to many. Having begun his life as a child who had to sit separately so that other children could avoid his touch, Dr. Ambedkar became a leading voice in India’s anti-colonial struggle, its struggle for justice, equality, democracy and freedom from discrimination. He did not only overcome the obstacles that comprised his rather difficult path, but he changed the path for others.

For our Faculty, Dr. Ambedkar’s trajectory is of special significance. He derived his understanding of equality and justice from an exploration of history, philosophy, religion and economics. He then became an academic, as well as a practitioner of law, and finally a legal luminary who drafted the constitution of the world’s largest democracy.

Our Faculty strives to achieve exactly the kind of seamless interconnection between liberal and professional education, between scholarship and practice, between active citizenship and critical thought, which Dr. Ambedkar’s life portrays.

On behalf of this Faculty, I extend my deepest gratitude to the Ambedkar International Mission Canada for donating the bust of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar installed in the Scott Library.