Archive for December, 2009


National Seminar On
Relevance of Philosophy in the Era of Science and Technology
January 11-12, 2010

Sub- themes:
1. The importance of understanding of value in the value neutral world of science and technology
2. Can science and technology survive for long by ignoring human good?
3. Philosophy as an essential link between the realisation of values and the value neutral search of science
4. Philosophy for a new world-view
5. Philosophy for relating Science to the life –world.
6. Exploring science and technology as Art, Craft and Skill
7. Science and Art as varieties of experiences
8. Science and Art as process of expressions
9. Religion and spirituality is not yet dead
10. Origin of Science in India
11. Vidya versus Science/ Vidya and Science

Please Contact:
Dr. H.P. Sah
Dept. of Philosophy
Panjab University, Chandigarh
Email: hpsah44@yahoo.co.in
Mobile: 9872423300

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Indian Council of Philosophical Research and UGC Academic Staff College, University of Lucknow
announce a special winter Refresher Course in Philosophy
“Philosophy of Language – Basic Concepts and
Some Concerns in Indian and Western Philosophy”
to be held from January 9-30, 2010.
This is a unique opportunity for teachers, research scholars and M.Phil. students of Philosophy and allied
disciplines to learn from some of the most eminent scholars of the subject on technical issues of Philosophy of
language. The proposed speakers for the course include Professor J.N. Mohanty, Professor P.K.
Mukhopadhyaya, Professor Mrinal Miri, Professor Srinivasa Rao, Professor Ashok Vohra, Professor R.P.
Singh, Professor D.N. Dwivedi, Professor H.N. Mishra, Professor Nirmalagshu Mukherjee, Professor Ambika
Datta Sharma, and others. The Course will be a Three week residential course with 18 working days of 8
hours duration, six hours per day. The course will include lectures, panel discussions, group discussion and
Those who would like to participate in the course may contact :
Professor Nishi Pandey asclko@rediffmail.com (09839128864)
Professor Rakesh Chandra rakeshphilosophy@yahoo.com (09839226303)
Ms. Preeti Chandra icprlkw@gmail.com (09415764936)
Proposed dates for the course are from January 9-30, 2010. Please apply through proper channel.

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Social Consciousness and Jainism

24 February 2010
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Website: http://www.jainstudies.org
Contact name: Dr.Choodamani Nandagopal

ISJS, in association with leading universities of India and Canada, is organising a series of national seminars. An International seminar in Canada in August 2010 is also planned.

Organized by: International School for Jain Studies
Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 30 November 2009

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21 to 23 December 2009

Website: http://www.fms.edu/activities/math_spi_conf.php
Contact name: Prof. Sunita Singh Sengupta

In India Mathematical science and spirituality have always gone together as the roots being same – Vedas. According to Vedic mathematics all of mathematics is based on sixteen sutras or word – formulae, for example, vertically and crosswise

Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 31 October 2009

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MHRD/AICTE Sponsored Summer School
Imaginative Reading, Creative Writing: Language, Literature and the Teacher
(February 1-7, 2010)

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

One of the pitfalls of our present day education system is its undue emphasis on cognitive modes of organising knowledge. Such a cognitive leaning and orientation towards knowledge runs the risk of destroying the imaginative and the creative roots of life as a result of which the student ceases to show interest in the formulation and exploration of life’s emotions and experiences. By focussing on Reading and Writing – the two advanced skills of language learning – and sprinkling upon these skills some colouring of imagination and creativity, the proposed winter school tries to redress the loophole present in our education system. By sensitizing teachers towards the magic potentials of Imaginative Reading and Creative Writing, this training programme aims at enabling them to appreciate, politically as well as aesthetically, the world of literature and culture. In this context it is prudent to remember the simple but a well-established axiom that language, in its literary manifestation, provides a vital and lively means for engaging teachers and students in transformative learning. It is in order to sensitise students and teacher towards this dimension of learning that this theme is proposed for the MHRD/AICTE sponsored winter school.
Course Content
• Literature and Literary Studies
1. Reading a Text: With Theory and Without Theory
2. Is there a Postcolonial Reading of Literature?
3. Feminism: Subversive Reading and Creative Writing
4. Reading a Text at the Expense of the Author: Revisiting Roland Barthes
5. Can You Write Creatively?: A Creative Writing Workshop
6. Translation, Tradition and Intertextuality: Reading a Classic in Translation
• Media Studies
1. Reading a Moving Text vis-୶is the Frozen Text: Cinema and Novel
2. Teaching Jhumpa Lahiri through Mira Nair: Writer, Director and Teacher
3. Reading Reality & Portraying Life: Artistic Movies and Commercial Movies
4. Satyajit Ray: A Writers’ Dream
5. Writing Short Documentaries
• Performing Arts
1. Reading through Colours: Painting as Text
2. Rabindranath Tagore: Painter as Writer or Writer as Painter?
3. Smile Please: Language of Photography
4. Reading Shakespeare through Performance
5. Singing Text: Music and Poetry
Resource Persons
Experts in the fields of Literature, Literary Studies, Media and Performing Arts are invited from different parts of the country to deliver lectures and conduct workshops. Apart from them, faculty members of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will conduct sessions/deliver lectures.
How to Apply
Interested candidates teaching in AICTE recognized colleges may send their applications through the Principal/Director of their institutes. Registration Forms can be downloaded from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur website. Applications may be faxed or scanned and emailed, sent by speed post to the address below before December 30, 2009. Selected applicants will be notified by January 5, 2010.
Download Application Form
Registration Fee
There is no registration fee for teachers of AICTE approved engineering and management institutes. Selected candidates will be provided with AC-3 train fare as per AICTE norms. Participants from other than AICTE approved institutes have to send a DD for Rs.5000 in favour of CEP, IIT Kharagpur.
Lodging and Boarding
Participants will be provided with lodging and boarding facilities within the institute premises.
IIT Kharagpur is 116 kms away from Kolkata. It is the first and the largest of all the IITs. Kharagpur is an important junction in South-Eastern Railways and is well connected to all major cities in India. The Indian Institute of Technology is about 5kms from Kharagpur railways station and is accessible by rickshaws, autos and taxis from the station.
Dr H S Komalesha
Principle Coordinator
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Kharagpur – 721 302 (West Bengal)
Phone: 032222 – 283618; Fax: 03222 – 282270
Mobile: 09474721967; Email: komalesha.stc@gmail.com

Ms Priyanka Tripathi

Dr Jayashree C

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MHRD/AICTE Sponsored Winter School On Logic and Applications of Logic

DECEMBER 7-18, 2009
Department of Humanities & Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
West Bengal 721302
As the essential foundation for rational investigation, logic is a part of every systematic field of inquiry. Its versatility is evinced in its vast & varied applications in digital electronics, computer and manufacturing, technologies, and also for deliberating in law, public policy and business strategy. In view of the above, it is a value-addition to one’s skill-base to be exposed to this all-important subject and its recent applications
This course is designed to enable the participants
• To refresh acquaintance with the basics of classical logic and other kinds of logic
• To strengthen foundation with a rigorous and problem-oriented training
• To develop a ‘soft skill’ with informal logic for decision-making & appraisal
• To get acquainted with some of the recent and important applications of logic
A. Propositional Logic
B. Logic of Categories
C. First Order Predicate Calculus
D. Basic Fuzzy Logic and its applications
E. Type-2 Fuzzy logic
F. Temporal Logic and its applications
G. Neurofuzzy Logic
H. Probabilistic Logic, Bayes’ theorem and inductive logic
I. Modal Logic
J. Rough Set, Rough Logic and Application
K. Cellular Automata: Theory and Application
Required course material will be provided.
After successful completion of the course, participants will receive a certificate issued by Continuing Education Programme (CEP), IIT Kharagpur.
• Prof P P Chakraborti, Dept of Computer Science and Engg
• Prof S Barai, Dept of Civil Engg
• Prof N Chakraborti, Dept of Metallurgy and Materials Engg
• Prof. C. Chakraborti, Dept of HSS (Coordinator)
Some External Faculty involved:
Prof Partha Chakroborty, Dept of Civil Engg IIT Kanpur
Prof Mohua Bannerjee,Dept of Maths, IIT Kanpur
Prof Jaya Sil, Dept of Computer Science, Bengal Engineering and Science University
Faculty of AICTE approved Engineering Colleges and Universities, research personnel from R&D organizations, faculty and students from other than AICTE approved Engineering Colleges of different academic background including the related fields of humanities and social sciences, are eligible.
Faculty from AICTE approved Engineering Colleges and Universities with approval from the organization as QIP candidate NO FEES (TA and Other benefits as per AICTE norm). A registration fee of Rs. 300 (refundable) is required with application.
Sponsored candidates from private sector /industry: Rs. 5000
Faculty from other than AICTE approved Engineering Colleges: Rs 3000
Research scholars /students from other than AICTE approved organizations(UG students not eligible) Rs 2000
IIT Kharagpur faculty/staff(UG students not eligible) No fees

Accommodation for candidates from AICTE approved Organizations will be arranged in IIT Kharagpur Guest Houses/ Dormitories as per availability.
Travel, boarding and lodging expenses are to be borne by participants from other than AICTE approved Engineering Colleges. However, upon request well in advance, efforts will be made to book accommodation as per availability.
Course fees are to be paid strictly by bank draft drawn in favor of ‘CEP-STC, IIT Kharagpur’ payable at Kharagpur.
Interested persons may submit the completed application form along with a 1-page CV.
Download Application Form
Mailing address:
Prof. Chhanda Chakraborti
Coordinator, STC on Logic and Applications of Logic
Dept of HSS, IIT Kharagpur
W.B.721 302.
Other contact information:
Tel: 03222-283602 (o), 03222-283603 (R) Fax:03222-255303/282280
Email: chhanda@iitkgp.ac.in, chhanda@hss.iitkgp.ernet.in
About the Coordinator:
Dr Chhanda Chakraborti obtained her Ph D from University of Utah, USA, and she is double M.A from University of Washington, USA, and Jadavpur University. She joined IIT Kharagpur in 1999. Her teaching and research interests are logic and cognitive science. She has more than 15 years of experience of teaching logic in India and abroad. She has delivered many invited lectures in reputed universities abroad and in India, and has held visiting positions abroad. Her most recent publication is a book on logic “LOGIC: Informal, Symbolic and Inductive”, PHI, 2006 (2nd edition forthcoming in 2007).
Last date for receiving application: December 1, 2009
Course dates: December 7-18, 2009
Situated 116 Km away from Kolkata, IIT Kharagpur boasts of being the oldest and the largest IIT. Its green, tranquil campus provides a refreshing contrast to the polluted city life. Kharagpur is an important junction in the South-Eastern Railways, and is connected to all major cities in India. Local and express trains connect it to Howrah Station. The IIT is about 5Km from Kharagpur railway station, and is accessible by rickshaws, autos, and taxis from the station. The beach town of Digha on the Bay of Bengal is 120 Km from Kharagpur.

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Address all Communication to:
Priyanka Dewan 507, Department of Management Studies, Vishwakarma Bhawan, Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg, IIT Delhi, New Delhi-110016 Contact: 011-26591170, +919582337659
email: educonference09@gmail.com

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Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies (SCSS)
Jawaharlal Nehru University
in collaboration with
Center for Indic Studies
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, USA
is organising
International seminar
Science & Technology in Ancient Indian Texts (STAIT)
January 9-10, 2010
The Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, JNU, in collaboration with the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth is organizing a two day seminar on “Science & Technology in Ancient Indian Texts (STAIT)” during January 9-10, 2010. This seminar is an activity under a project running at the Center for Indic Studies, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth under the directorship of Prof. Bal Ram Singh. This project aims to explore provable scientific and technological concepts in ancient Indian texts.
The seminar is proposed to invite experts from India and abroad working on natural sciences in Sanskrit under the following broad categories. This seminar aims at bringing together persons having academic interest in diverse areas of Sanskrit and Science. Though the area of Indic Science is broad, we are trying to focus on the following themes –
• Biological & Environmental Sciences
• Chemical Sciences & Metallurgy
• Physical Sciences & Astronomy
• Medical Sciences, Ayurveda, Yoga for healing
• Mathematical and linguistic Sciences
• Engineering including vaastu, vimaana shaastra, ship building, war, armament
• Agricultural sciences & animal husbandry
• Other novel sciences (not covered under 1-7)
Please send the following information to Dr. Girish Nath Jha by email
(girishjha@gmail.com) –
Name, Designation, Affiliation, Address, email id, phone number, mobile number.
Registration fee of Rs 500/- should be paid by demand draft (in the name of
“Finance Officer, J.N.U.” payable at New Delhi

The registration fee will cover the food and seminar materials during the seminar.
Prof. Bal Ram Singh, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Indic Studies
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: 508-999-8588
Fax: 508-999-8451

Dr. Girish Nath Jha
Associate Professor,
Computational Linguistics
Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies.
Jawaharlal Nehru University,
New Delhi-110-067
Phone- 91-11-2673-8834
Fax – 91-11-2674-1308
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