CONCEPT NOTE TWO DAY INTERNATIONAL CONFER ENCE CONSERVATION OF ENVIRONMENT AND THE ROLE OF RELIGION
JULY 5-6, 2017 DEPRATMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES CENTRAL UNIVERSITY KASHMIR
History of man can be analyzed as a continuous process of accumulation of environmental prostheses. As human interpolations increase, the accommodative capacity of the planet also amplifies accordingly. In turn human beings, being typical organisms in reproductive response, expand further to fill the added capacity. Thus this vicious spiral continues. No one can deny that in his attempt to exploit natural resources, man has done extensive damage to the environment by polluting it, creating imbalances, depleting non-renewable resources, causing deforestation, and altering biological and animal diversity. Water bodies are turning into cesspools, atmosphere has become toxic, glaciers and hill resorts have taken the shape of garbage dumping sites, ozone layer is losing its combating capacity with carcinogenic rays and the global warming has already crossed its red-mark. In nutshell, man has posed a constant and organized threat to his own existence on the planet. Therefore, one important subject related to environmental concerns is conservation which aims at ensuring the unfussy survival of life in all its forms, and to make certain that natural resources are not exploited beyond their capacity of renewal. Conservation requires an understanding of ecology and the interrelationship of flora and fauna, including our own species, and with the environment. In order to signify the encouragement of a more profound understanding of the ecological balance, an ethical perspective has been proposed which is called “deep ecology.” The term envisages an intuitive awareness of the oneness of all life and the interdependence of its multiple manifestations. While on one hand this emerging perspective highlights the integrity of cosmic citizens, on the other espouses the need for discovering the intrinsic value of creation. This new ecological paradigm has its role in the vast store of human experience down the ages and can be elaborated more profoundly and lucidly in the religious worldview. As the teachers, researchers and students of the religious traditions of the world, it is our moral responsibility to play our role to sensitize the people from various religious perspectives as we believe that religion has a pivotal role to play in this context. Being aware of our responsibility we need to join our efforts to harness the movement against ecological degradation and environmental crises as we believe that religion is a part of solution rather than a part of problem. In this background the Department of Religious Studies at Central University of Kashmir is organizing a 2-day International Conference on the “Conservation of Environment and the Role of Religion” in the First week of July, 2017. The State of Jammu and Kashmir being a hub of tourism and cradle of various religious and spiritual traditions has an abundant natural fauna and flora which attracts people from all over the globe. However, these resorts and aquatic bodies are also facing extinction because of this multipronged problem of environmental degradation. It is therefore very much relevant to make people aware about the crises and involve them in the conservation drive from religious weltanschauung.
Here are some of the major subthemes which may be covered in the Conference: 1) Man-Environment Interrelationship: A Religious Perspective 2) Scriptures and Environmental Conservation 3) Environmental Ethics in Religious Perspective 4) Kashmir, Ecology and Religion 5) Religious Tourism and Ecology 6) Floods, Earthquakes, Landslides and Religion 7) Materialism, Consumerism and Environmental Degradation Any other relevant topic can also be chosen for writing an abstract for the Conference. The date of reception of the has been extended now to 30th , April 2017 and should be sent to : hamidnaseem.@gmail.com
Patron Prof. Mehraj Uddin Mir Vice Chancellor, Central University Kashmir Director of the Conference Prof. Hamidullah Marazi Head Department of Religious Studies Central University of Kashmir
Coordinator of the Conference Dr. Showkat Ahmad Shah Assistant Professor Department of Religious Studies Central University of Kashmir Organising Committee Dr. Nazir Ahmad Zargar Dr. Muied-uz-Zafar Dr. Harpal Singh Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Raza Mr. Aamir Habib Advisory Committee Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar, Registrar Central University of Kashmir Prof. Muhammad Aslam, Dean Research and Development Prof. Nazir Ahmad Nadeem, Dean School of Education Prof. Abdul Gani, Professor Department of Management Studies Prof. G.M. Bhat, Head Department of Economics Prof. N. A. Malik, Dean School of Languages Prof. Nair Azeem, Head Department of Zoology Dr. Sheikh Showkat, Dean & Head Department of Law Prof. Noor Ahmad Baba, Coordinator Department of Politics and Governance Prof. Farooq Ahmad, Coordinator Department of Physics Dr. Fayyaz Ahmad Nikka, Director Students’ Welfare