One day lecture “Discourse on Indian Philosophy, Culture and Spirituality”, was organized by the Department of Philosophy, DAV. P. G College, Varanasi on4th April 2022 at 1pm in online mode. Eminent speaker Dr. Shiva Bhanu Singh, Professor and Head,Ewing Christian College, Prayagraj, was the guest speaker in this event. More than a hundred students participated with a lot of Zest and fervour. The program was hosted by Asst. Professor Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh under the patronship of Principal Dr. Satya Dev Singh. Thereafter Dr. Shiv Bhanu Singh gave a deep reflection on ‘Indian Philosophy, Culture and Spirituality’. He stated that Indian Philosophy is the foundation of Indian culture and spirituality. There is a lot of differences between Indian and Western Philosophy. Presiding over the program Principal Dr. S.D Singh added that Indian philosophy strengthens the concept of ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam’. It contains the essence of compassion and friendship. The program was quite enriching and fruitful. The program ended with a Vote of thanks by Dr. Ramendra Singh. Head of Department Dr. Satish Kr. Singh Associate Professor, Dr. Sanjeev Veer Singh Priyadarshi also showed their valuable presence throughout the program. The program was a Grand success.
One day special lecture on ‘Bhartiya Darshan Aur Vaishwik Paridrishya on 13-03-2018 was organized by Department of Philosophy, DAV.PG. College, Varanasi under the patron ship of Principal Dr. Satyadev Singh. Head of Department Dr. Harish Chandra Yadav welcomed the dignitaries and associate professor DR. Satish Kumar Singh anchored the program. The chief speaker retired ICCR Prof. West Indies University, Kingston Jamaica Rakesh Mishra reflected deeply on the topic and stated that Indian Philosophy is initially spiritual and it empowers Indian Philosophy to lead forth. This is the reason that Indian Philosophy is unique and distinguished from Philosophies of the world. Dr. Shiv Bahadur Singh, Dr. Lallan Jaiswal, Dr. Mishri Lal, Dr. Mukesh Kumar Singh, Dr. Indrajeet Mishra, Dr. Mahima Singh, DR. Ramendra Singh showed their valuable presence in the program. Students also participated with enthusiasm in large numbers. The program was grand success.
One day off line Orientation program on ‘Nature of Prama’ was organized by the department of Philosophy DAV.PG. College, BHU. Varanasi, dated 14.09.2019 under the patron ship of Principal DR. Satyadev Singh. The eminent speaker of the program was Professor Sachhida Nand Mishra department of philosophy BHU. He threw light on Prama which means true cognition which contributes to knowledge. He also related it’s meaning in Indian Philosophy ‘the means by which one obtains accurate and valid knowledge about the world. He motivated students through his deep insight and inferences. Associate professor Dr. Satish Kumar Singh also shared his valuable thoughts on the theory of knowledge by stating it forth as valid and invalid. Valid knowledge means the right manifestation of the object, just like how it is presented to us. HOD Dr. Harish Chandra Yadav gave his valuable contribution and support to the grand success of the program. The takeaway for the students was very enriching and full of learning.
Two days international Webinar on ‘Apad-Dharm: Moral Imperative and Covid-19’, dated May 17-18,2020, was organized by department of Philosophy DAV. PG College, Varanasi, under the headship of chief patron and Principal, Prof. Satya Dev Singh and convener and associate professor Dr.Satish Kumar Singh with the valuable contribution of HOD, Harish Chandra Yadav and help and support by Dr. Sanjay Kumar Singh and Dr. Ramendra Singh Department of Philosophy. Many eminent personalities, dignitaries, intellectuals, academicians and scholars across India and abroad graced this international webinar, more than 300 attendees were part of it.
The webinar started with the inaugural session wherein renowned professor R.C. Sinha, chairman ICPR, New Delhi talked about the new normal concept. He also stressed about the priority given to satisfy the immediate need which he called ‘Dharm’ and quoted many examples from Vedic and ancient civilization. Followed by honorable Vice chancellor M.G.A Hindi University Wardha, Pror. Rajneesh Shukla threw light on ‘Duty for Duty Shake’ there after DR. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Indian politician and member of parliament also president of ICCR, New Delhi addressed the gathering by putting forth the prevalent conditions in present scenario where materialistic instincts of society and their pompous display has now become helpless in the face of destiny. This webinar reached its epitome of success and enrichment for all.
The Webinar was graced by various eminent guests from abroad, whose valuable words are stated below:-
Dr. Rosemary Gibson
Senior Advisor at The Hastings Center,New York.
Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine.
She expressed her gratitude for India’s export of hydroxychloroquine in times of scarcity of medicine. She further delivered her key-note address in which she stressed on three aspects of moral imperatives- 1. Call of duty, where she talked about people who are hospitalized and need intensive care. 2.Care of duty, where doctors ,nurses and ambulance drivers are working like fighters should be honoured. 3. Government Society and Commercial Engagement which she termed as ‘Economic Imperative. Further she stated- when there is enormous anguish due to loss one must learn to follow rules for a better future.
Prof. Ake Sander
Professor Emeritus Psychology &Sociology of Religion,
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
which he called an important human instinct in times of crisis. He also valued the advisory issued by the government regarding social distancing and hygiene. He further embraced the eAke Sander is professor of behavioral studies of religion. During the webinar he emphasized on ‘Trust’ efforts of India in such a difficult situation. He also gave tips on hygiene and social distancing. His speech was very informative.
Prof. Marzenna Jakubczak
Department of Philosophy & Sociology
Pedagogical University of Cracow , Poland.
Her research interests include classical Indian Philosophy and early Buddhist Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Comparative studies in Philosophy and Religion, Philosophy of Culture, Cross-Culture Aesthetics and selected issues in Gender Studies. In the webinar she threw light on personal ethical observation, which proves to be very helpful during the time of crisis. Stressing this view further she quoted examples from her personal experience.
Prof. Bandana Purkyastha
University of Connecticut, Storrs,USA.
She is Professor of Sociology and Asian & Asian American Studies. She served as Head, Sociology, at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). She currently serves on the International Sociological Association executive committee (2018-2022). She gave insight on Human Rights/Human Security. She threw light on challenges that one must face during times of difficulty with courage and morality. She also gave multiple ideas on how to fight with this Pandemic with her vibrant speech.
Prof. Anthony Savari Raj
ICCR Chair of Indian Studies University
Of the West Indies, Kingston , Jamaica.
Professor L . Anthony Savari Raj, the holder of a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Madras, India, has an impressive resume, and that is perhaps why he was selected to share his knowledge with students at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, in the capacity of visiting professor’ on the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies, under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, and the Indian High Commission in Jamaica .In his valuable speech he laid stress on ‘ To be Human’, in times of crises. He also focused on how to make life worth living in difficulty. He praised India and talked about multi-dimensional culture and cultural Imperative. He further intensified the attainment of joy in times of crisis.
One day National Seminar on ‘Sankaracharya Aur Vivekanand Ke Darshan ki Bartaman me Prasangikta’ was sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi and organized by Dept. of Philosophy, DAV.PG. College, Varanasi on 28/09/2018. The distinguished guests of the seminar were Dr. Ajay Verma, JNU New Delhi and Prof. R.K. Jha BHU, Varanasi. Dr, R.K. Jha gave his deep reflection on Indian Philosophy and stated ‘ to understand philosophy you must have vision, the view that talks about real experience is Indian Philosophy. He further stated that Swami Vivekanand one said that Buddha’s philosophy is quite relevant and significant in Indian context and it needs to be imbibed. Chief speaker Centre of Philosophy, JNU. Dr. Ajay Verma said that Advaitvada of Shankaracharya was quite relevant and impressive and his philosophy has also made its deep place in Indian society. The program was headed by Dr. Shiv Bahadur Sigh and anchored by Dr. Satish Kumar Singh. and a vote of thanks was given by by Dr. Ramendra Singh. Sarita Rani. Dr. Mishrilal, Dr, Indrajeet Mishra, Dr. Habibullah showed their valuable presence in the program. The Seminar was grand success.
One day seminar on ‘Philosophy of Mind’ was organized by Dept. of Philosophy DAV.PG. College, Varanasi on 25-02-2010. The session took place under the mentorship of honourable principal Dr. Satyadev Singh. The Seminar was initiated by Dr. Satish Kumar Singh. The first chief speaker of the Seminar was Heidi Lene Maibom, Professor of Philosophy at university of Cincinnati, Ohio, who gave his deep reflection on the Philosophical study of the nature of mind, mental events, mental function, mental property and consciousness, and of the nature with relationship with physical body. The second distinguished guest speaker Jay Drydyk, professor of philosophy at Carleton University in Canada talked about Descart’s Philosophy of mind that denoted mind-body dualism. Further he also stated various arguments for and against dualism and also discussed dualist views of mental causation. The vote of thanks was given by Dr. Satish Kumar Singh. The seminar was full of enriching thought processes. It left a deep impact on students of Philosophy. The valuable presence was shown by HOD. Dr. Harish Chandra Yadav, Dr. Mishri lal, DR. Shiv Bahadur Singh, DR. Habibullah, Dr. Indrajeet Mishra and Dr. Ramendr aSingh.
Two days Periodic Lecture on Morality was sponsored by ICPR, New Delhi, which was organized by the department of Philosophy DAV.PG. College on February 27&29, 2016. The lecture took place under the mentorship of Principal Dr. Satyadev Singh. The chief speaker was Professor K.C. Pandey, Lucknow University, who gave a vivid description of the concept of Morality, he stated that values are the foundation of a person’s ability to judge between right and wrong. They are formed from a person’s life experience and area subject to opinion. Moral values pave the path for all decisions in life. Further he reflected that sticking to your moral principles helps you live a life you are proud of, which is associated with greater happiness. The head of the department Dr. Harish Chandra Yadav also added his valuable thoughts on morality. He talked about Utilitarianism and said that one should follow principles of morality because a theory of morality advocates actions that foster happiness or pleasure and oppose actions that cause unhappiness and harm. Dr. satish Kumar Singh threw light on Bhagwat Geeta in which Lord Krishna also outlines how to cultivate and maintain morality in us. He was also the anchor of the periodic lecture and he ended the program by giving the vote of thanks. Many students of philosophy also participated with full zest and fervor. The program was witnessed by Dr. Habibullah, Dr.Lallan Jaiswal, Dr. Indrajeet Mishra, and Dr. S. N. Pathak, Dr. Mishrilal, Dr.Prasant Kashyap.
Department of philosophy DAV.PG. College, Varanasi organized special lecture on ‘Philosophy and Society’ on 30-03-2017, which was sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi. This program was conducted under the mentorship of principal Dr. S.D. Singh. The chief speaker of the special lecture Dr. Ajay Verma, JNU, New Delhi threw his deep reflection on Greek philosophers who established their opinion and connected philosophy with the life of people in the society for their wellbeing and presented it as a medium to lead a better life, in the same way Indian philosophy should also be established for the wellbeing and betterment of the people of the society. Philosophy should prove itself in the changing scenario. In the same sequence distinguished speaker HOD. Professor Vishnu Dutta Pandey, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth stated that as ancient philosophers based ‘truth and solution’ for the betterment of the society, in the similar manner there occurs a need to bring philosophy amidst society for the betterment of the people. The chairmanship of the lecture was done by vice Principal Dr. Awadhesh Mishra. Guest felicitation was done by Dr. Harish Chandra Yadav and the program was anchored by Dr. Satish Kumar Singh. In the end the vote of thanks was given by Dr. Ramendra Singh. Dr. Lallan Prasad, Dr. Mishri Lal, Dr. Sarita Rani, Dr. Akhilesh Dubey, Dr. Rakesh Dwivedi, Dr. Sangeeta Jain, Dr. Sameer Pathak, Dr. Indrajeet Mishra, Dr. Meenu Lakara and Sweta Singh showed their valuable presence.