Archive for February, 2011

Seminar on ‘Sree Narayana Guru’, 6-8 June, 2011

Sree Narayana Guru

6-8 June 2011

Concept Note

Vedantic wisdom took shape originally in the Upanishads appended to the four Vedas of India. A long line of  masters redefined this wisdom,  making it more precise, keeping in mind the exigencies of their times. Narayana Guru continued this tradition by restating and redefining Vedantic wisdom in line with the mindset of the Age of Science. Living in Kerala between 1854 and 1928, he expressed his vision through philosophical poems and hymns – sixty in number – in three languages: Sanskrit, Malayalam and Tamil.

Narayana Guru was no armchair philosopher; he taught people how to live this philosophy, thus sparking off individual and social change all through Kerala, particularly with respect to untouchability and caste prejudices and practices. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Narayana Guru played a large role in instrumenting the religious amity evident in Kerala society even today, rarely to be seen in other parts of India. In this context, it may be remembered that the first Parliament of Religions in the history of Asia was organized by the guru, in 1924.

The present conference intends to focus on the originality and scientificity of the Vedantic teachings of Narayana Guru, examining how he looked at casteism and religious differences , and exploring the possibility of impacting discourses on caste, in order to animate processes to undermine caste prejudices and religious feuds.

The possibility of applying Vedantic wisdom as an absolute norm in the realms of economics, politics and education could also be discussed, keeping in mind Narayana Guru’s thoughts on these topics as well as the work of the gurukula in continuing the thought processes initiated by him.
It is hoped that the conference might be instrumental in pulling together concrete suggestions that could possibly be implemented by the Government of India.



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Summer School on Mahabharata as a Conceptual Resource
Applications are invited for the second Summer School on the Mahabharata at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla. The duration of the School will be from 12 June 2011 to 26 June 2011. It will mainly consist of lectures by Philosophers, Historians, Sanskritists, literary critics and scholars of art and aesthetics followed by discussions among the participants on a set of pre-selected readings. This year’s major focus will be on the Conceptual Universe of the Mahabharata and its salience through the centuries by looking into the aspects of philosophy, narration, aesthetics, morality and polity.

A detailed Concept Note can be found at the Institute’s web site at www.iias.org . At the end of the School, every participant will be required to submit a short monograph on a relevant theme approved by the Coordinators.

Applicants should be preferably in the age group of 25-40 and should hold a Masters Degree in any subject from Humanities or Social and natural Sciences. Proficiency in Sanskrit is NOT essential. However, a working knowledge of the language is desirable. Those interested are requested to send a one page write-up on why they would like to attend the School and the level of their acquaintance with the Mahabharata along with their CV. Travel and local hospitality will be borne by the IIAS.

Applications must reach IIAS by 21 March 2011. Those selected will be informed by the first week of April 2011.


Applications may be sent by email at iiasschool@gmail.com

or by post at:

Summer School on

Mahabharata as a Conceptual Resource

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Rashtrapati Nivas

Shimla 171 005



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Gautam Buddha University (GBU)
Yammuna Expressway,  Greater Noida
Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh (India) – 201308

Situated at Greater Noida, GBU is sponsored by the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) and the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) and is supported by Government of Uttar Pradesh. Gautam Buddha University (GBU)  invites applications for various Faculty positions in following areas :

1.      School of Engineering :

Mechanical Engineering , Electrical Engineering

  1. School of Architecture & Built Environment : Civil Engineering
  2. School of Applied Sciences – Mathematics.
  3. School of Management – Operations, Marketing & Finance.
  4. School of Biotechnology – Environmental Biotechnology.
  5. School of Information & Communication Technology
  6. Center of Buddhist Studies – Buddhist Studies
  7. School of Law, Justice & Governances
  • Professor : PB-4 Rs.37400-67000 with AGP of Rs. 10500/-PM
  • Associate Professor : PB-4 Rs.37400-67000 with AGP of Rs. 9500/-PM
  • Assistant Professor – PB-3 Rs.15600-39100 with AGP of Rs. 8000/-PM

How to Apply : Applications in the prescribed format should be sent to The Registrar, Gautam Buddha University, Greater Noida – 201310 (UP) latest by 18/02/2011 now extended upto 17/03/2011.

Details and application form is available at  http://www.gbu.ac.in/User_Pages/NoticeView.aspx?ctr=144

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Guru Nanak Khalsa College,

Yamuna Nagar,Haryana


Cordially invite you UGC Sponsored

Two Day National Conference


Using Multimedia to Teach English as a Second Language

01-02 March,2011




Dr. R.S.Walia

Associate Professor, Dept. of English

Co-ordinator, Functional English

Guru Nanak Khalsa College

Yamuna Nagar – 135 001



Telephone: (+91)-1732-221675, (+91)-1732-227845






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Guru Nanak Khalsa College,

Yamuna Nagar,Haryana


Cordially invite you on

Two Days National Symposium-cum-Workshop


Excellence through Quality in Higher Education: Measures for Sustenance and Enhancement (Role of IQACs)

24-25 Feburary,2011


Sponsored by

Higher Education Commissioner, Haryana



Dr. P.K.Malik

Associate Professor, Dept. of Commerce & Management &


Guru Nanak Khalsa College

Yamuna Nagar – 135 001



Telephone: (+91)-1732-221675, (+91)-1732-227845


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Dr. Ambekar Studies Centre organizes

National  level Seminar on

Dr Ambedkar’s Philosophy of Social Justice

on 27th Feb, 2011


Sub themes:


  • Dr. Ambedkar’s Ideas on Social Justice
  • Dr Ambedkar’s Vision for Social Transformation
  • Social Discrimination of the weaker sections causes & remedies
  • Economic development, Globalization  & Weaker Sections
  • Dr. Ambedkar’s Philosophy and World Order
  • Indian Constitution and Social Justice
  • Indian state, policies and practices of social justice
  • Combating Issues, Hurdles and Alarming Threats by the Remedy of Ambedkar’s Vision
  • Any other related sub-theme



Prof. Dev Kumar


Dr. Ambedkar Studies Centre


Mobile No. 094632-60167


College Contact:


Email ID : sggskcm@yahoo.co.in

Mobile No.094170-45235





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“Darshan Bhavan”, 36, Tughlakabad Institutional Area, (Near Batra Hospital, M.B. Road,

New Delhi-110062


The Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) intends to engage in the programme of integrating an awareness of the basic ideas of Philosophy into the educational curriculum of professional institutions of India. The idea is to lend an orientation of reflective awareness so urgently required to enable intellectual and attitudinal development of the young minds otherwise singularly involved in the study of highly specialized professional programmes.


Philosophy is in the best position to cater to the cultivation of awareness of the deeper dimensions concerning (a) the technology and the human condition, (b) the ethics of bio-medical research and technology, (c) law and morality, (d) mind and machine, (e) management and professional ethics, and such other issues. While these are specific appliedethical problems that concern every responsible citizen in pursuit of knowledge, there are more general and fundamental philosophical ideas that underpin the understanding of these specific issues. Examining philosophically the concepts of mind and matter, actuality and possibility, meaning and truth, fact and value, art and imagination and such other concepts form the foundation of reflective thinking in general.


ICPR makes an appeal to the professional institutions to consider this proposal with sympathy and understanding, and to express their opinion to the Council so that a definite plan of action can be undertaken and initiated. As a starting point, ICPR will volunteer to appoint a Philosophy expert to teach a course designed by it in any professional institution. Initially the remuneration will be paid by ICPR, and the concerned Institution is expected to provide local hospitality to the teacher along with minimum infrastructural facilitation. ICPR will also provide limited grants to the concerned institute for initiating the Philosophy programme, perhaps to make it part of its set of elective courses.


The IITs, Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani and a few such Institutions have already integrated Philosophy education into its curriculum through their respective departments of humanities and social sciences. Many other institutions of technology and management have also gone into the education of ethical and value-related courses. ICPR intends to take this tendency seriously and extend this trend towards a more comprehensive and systematic direction. We hope that this initiative will make you think about this important issue and to consider incorporating philosophy into the curriculum of professional colleges where the students will immensely benefit from the philosophically oriented insights they are likely to come upon through these courses.


In this regard proposals are invited from professional colleges of Engineering /Medical/ Law/

Management who are interested in starting philosophy courses from the next academic year

2011-12. The complete proposal along with financial requirements may be sent to the

undersigned so as to reach by March 11, 2011 at the latest.


G. Mishra

Member Secretary





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A Study Week on

Indian Logic and Epistemology (Level III)

(May, 2-13, 2011)


Conveners: Professor V. N. Jha, former Director, Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune) and Professor Ujjwala Jha , Director, Centre of Advanced Study in Sanskrit, University of Pune).

The structural depth in Indian classical philosophical systems was acquired in ancient India through dialogue among various philosophical systems. This could happen because their sole aim was to discover the Truth through sharing thoughts and respecting every one’s opinion. In this dialogue there was space for every body, for the Carvakas, for the defenders of the orthodox systems as well as for the heterodox systems of thoughts. They enjoyed freedom of thought so much so that different schools of thought emerged out of even a single system of thought giving rise to three schools of Purvamimamsa, two systems of Samkhya, old Nyaya and new Nyaya, and more than six systems of Vedanta. This rich tradition of dialogue continued uninterrupted till the medieval period.

Soon it was discovered that for a meaningful dialogue and discourse what is most important is the language of communication. Therefore, by 1000 A.D. it was felt necessary to develop a language of precise communication. It started taking shape and by the 13th A.D. a language called Navya Nyaya language was fully developed and thereafter almost all intellectual and philosophical discourses and debates adopted that very language of Navya Nyaya for precise communication and it continues to be used in traditional philosophical discourses even today.

But unfortunately, there is hardly any Institution in India engaged in the study of Indian intellectual and philosophical traditions which offers any Course in the language of Navya Nyaya in which the entire discourse of 1000 years is preserved. As a result, these texts of over 1000 years are not accessible to a genuine scholar having genuine interest.

In order to meet this need a graded Study Week programme was prepared in three levels. The 1st Introductory level programme was offered by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla in the year 2009, and the 2nd Level programme was offered during 2010. The 1st Level prepared the base for the entire programme and in the 2nd Level the participants were exposed to the methods of understanding language, particularly, how an understanding is derived from an affirmative sentence.

Considering the interest and positive response of the participants in the Level-2 Study Week programme, the 3rd Level Study Week programme is being announced now. The 3rd Level is going to focus on how to understand a negative sentence or expression. The text of the medieval period written on this issue will be taken up for the study.

The Study Week aims at giving exposure to that Navya Nyaya language and Methodology so that scholars of various disciplines and backgrounds can know how to equip and transform themselves to have access to the original discourses written in Navya Nyaya language in Sanskrit.

This programme will have two components: (i) 10 lectures on various aspects of the Model of Linguistic Communication developed by classical India and (ii) the reading of an original text in Sanskrit. It is expected that the participants will derive insights from these programmes for application of this model of discourse in various contemporary knowledge domains. In this Level-3, the focus will be to know how to decode a negative sentence in a Discourse.

This Study Week programme on Indian Logic and Epistemology (Level – 3) will be offered from 2 to 13 May 2011 at the IIAS, Shimla.

The medium of instruction will be English . The knowledge of Sanskrit language , though advantageous, is not a pre-requisite for joining the programme.

Applications are invited from College and University teachers and research scholars of Philosophy, Sanskrit, Computer Science and any other discipline of Humanities and Social Sciences. Only those who have completed Level-2 programme, any where in India , will be admitted to this Study Week programme (Level-3).

A batch of 30 participants will be selected from applications received.

Those interested may send their bio-data (that should include their academic qualifications, experience, research interest and area of specialization) along with a copy of the Certificate of completion of the Level-2 course.

All expenses will be borne by the IIAS.

Applications for the above programme should reach IIAS on or before 31st March 2011. Those selected will be informed by the middle of April 2011.


Applications may be sent preferably by email to iiasschool@gmail.com with a copy to vnjha46@yahoo.co.in

or by post at:

Study Week on Indian Logic and Epistemology (Level-III)

Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Rashtrapati Nivas

Shimla 171 005



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Jobs in Utkal University

Utkal University

Vani Vihar, Bhubaneswar – 751004 (Orissa)
Application are invited in 7 copies in the prescribed form from the eligible candidates for following teaching posts :

  1. Professor: 11 posts, Pay Scale :  Rs.37400 – Rs.67000/- + AGP Rs.10000/-
  2. Reader : 20 posts, Pay Scale :  Rs.15600-39100/- + AGP Rs.8000/-

Application fee :   Rs.500/- in shape of demand draft drawn in favour of Comptroller of Finance, Utkal University payable at S.B.I., Utkal University Campus Branch.


How to Apply : Application in the prescribed format should be send on or before 03/03/2011.


Please view http://www.utkal-university.org/utkal%20university/_DATA/Adv10.02.11.pdf for details and application form is available at http://www.utkal-university.org/utkal%20university/_DATA/Form10.02.11.pdf alongwith the instrcutions at http://www.utkal-university.org/utkal%20university/_DATA/Guidelines10.02.11.pdf



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The Department of Philosophy, Kamala Nehru College,

University of Delhi organises a Seminar on Philosophy and its Role in Social Integration on 25th Feb.2011


Welcome: Dr Minoti Chatterjee(Principal, KNC)

Key Note Address:Prof. Yash Pal(Eminent Scientist and Chancellor of JNU) Prof. Godavarish Misra(Member Secretary, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, MHRD )

Speakers for the First Session:

*Prof.  H. S. Prasad (Head, Dept. of Philosophy, Delhi University) “Social Integration Through Ethnicization of Human Self: A Buddhist Approach”

*Mr Alok Chopra (Disciple of Swami Parthasarthy) “Self Development and Social Integration – A Vedantic Perspective “.

Speakers for the Second Session:

*Mr Gurcharan Das(The Author of ‘The Difficulty of Being Good’) “The Difficulty of Being Good: Philosophy in contemporary India”

* Prof. Vinit Haksar (University of Edinburg)” Religious Toleration.

(Members from teaching fraternity are invited to attend it. They are to inform about their  participation before 20th of Feb.2011).

For further details, please contact:

Ms Geetesh Nirban

Assistant Professor Incharge,

Dept. Of Philosophy,

Kamala Nehru College,

University of Delhi,New Delhi


Contact Number:9811423241

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