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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