"It is education which teaches us to be tolerant, which requires one to be gracious and large-hearted. It needs inner strength and conviction, which develop with education," Kumar said while addressing the Global Tolerance Summit here.
Kumar said education is important as it teaches life skills and is capable of bringing generational change of the underprivileged sections of the society.
"With knowledge, one becomes more understanding and begins to view everything with logic. It strengthens society by building democratic values, respect for fellow human beings, removing any room for discrimination and reducing trust deficit. What is more, it provides every individual the opportunity to lead a decent life, leaving little time and scope for negative thinking," he added.