NFSI 2019 – Panel Discussion 2 – Day 1

अद्य १६-१२-१९ दिनाङ्के चिन्मयविश्वविद्यापीठे प्रो. धर्मभावुकमहोदयस्य अध्यक्षतायां प्रवृत्ते अन्ताराष्ट्रीयसङ्गोष्ठ्याः द्वितीये विपश्चित्संवादे प्रो. शिल्पापण्डितवर्यया प्रो. अनुराधाचौधरीमहोदयया च

“भारतीयज्ञानपरम्पराः उच्चशिक्षणस्य पुनरावृत्तिः च” इति विषये गभीरतया स्वमतं प्रस्तुतम् । प्रो. धर्मभावुकमहोदयेन शौचाचारः न केवलः नैतिकदृष्ट्या महत्वपूर्णः अपि तु प्रतिदिनं जीवनस्य आवश्यकः अंशः वर्तते यः पूर्वमेव अस्ति भारतीयज्ञानपरम्परायाम् इति निरूपितम् । अधुना भविष्यत्कालस्य विचारे छात्राणां निकटे प्रश्ने कृते सति अवसादमनुभवन्ति इति निरूप्य तस्य कारणं व्यवृणोत् प्रो. शिल्पापण्डितवर्या । प्रा. अनुराधाचौधरीमहोदयया अत्यन्ततर्कशुद्धवाण्या भारतीयज्ञानपरम्परायाः वर्णनं कृतम्। तदनन्तरं श्रोतृभिः सह प्रश्नोत्तरं संवृत्तम् ।

समेषां सत्कारेण विपश्चित्संवादोsयं समाप्तिमगात् ।

The second Panel Discussion at NFSI 2019 was on the topic of ‘Pariṣkāra: Indian Knowledge Systems and Re-visioning Higher Education’. The Chairperson for the discussion was Prof. Dharm Bhawuk, an eminent cultural and cross-cultural researcher who is currently a Professor of Management and Industrial Relations at the University of Hawaii. The speakers were Prof. Anuradha Choudry from IIT Kharagpur and Prof. Shilpa Ashok Pandit, Associate Professor at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Heritage at CVV.


The discussion began with Prof. Bhawuk sharing his experiences on the importance of receiving good samskāras. He also stressed the need for ‘people teachers’ and not ‘paper teachers’, that is, the necessity of teachers as role models for students. The first speaker, Prof. Shilpa Pandit, enlightened the gathering on the nature of Pariṣkāra and Samskāra by logic, the idea of IKT on re-imagining education and also the larger context in building educational institutions. She also threw light upon the focus to be given to nature and the student for leading a fulfilled life. The next speaker, Prof. Anuradha Choudry, started with a linguistic experiment to distinguish between the nature of ‘having’ and ‘being’. She then went on to explain how the difference is addressed in IKT. She also shared her method of generating interest in her students at IIT, while teaching Sanskrit and Indian Psychology.


There were questions from the audience and the session ended with Prof. Bhawuk stating that the process of the integration of IKT in re-visioning higher education is a long journey of hope.


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