Invitation for International seminar on “Teacher Education for Peace & Harmony from 11-13 Feb 2012, New Delhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


International Seminar on

Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony

from Feb 11 to 13, 2012

 

First Announcement and Call of Papers 

 

Organized by


IASE Deemed University

Gandhi Vidya Mandir

Sardarshahar, Rajasthan, India

http://www.gandhividyamandir.org.in, http://www.iaseuniversity.org.in

 

Basic Teachers’ Training College, Department of Education

Dr. Radha Krishnan Shiksha Shastri College, STC, NTT,

Department of Chetna Vikas Mulya Siksha (Value Education)

 


Supporting Organizations


 GUJARAT VIDYAPITH (DEEMED UNIVERSITY)   
University founded in 1920 by Mahatma Gandhi                                
Ahmadabad, Gujarat
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY

                                                                                                  Deemed to–be-University under Sec. 3 of the UGC Act, 1956

                                                                                                            Ladunu-341306 (Rajasthan)

 

 

THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING                                     National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India                 
         
India, New Delhi                                                              6 - Shrimant Madhavrao Scindia Marg, New Delhi-01
                        



 

 

International Seminar

on

Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony

is

Dedicated

to

Late Dr. L. M. Singhvi

Former Chancellor of Gandhi Vidya Mandir

 

(November 9, 1931 – October 6, 2007)

 

Padma Bhushan Dr. L. M. Singhvi was an, Indian jurist, Parliamentarian, Constitutional expert, Scholar and a distinguished diplomat. He was the longest-serving High Commissioner for India in the United Kingdom (1991–97).  He was conferred Padma Bhushan in 1998.

 

Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India, Dr. Singhvi was a member of the Third Lok Sabha from 1962-67 and Advocate General of State of Rajasthan from 1972-77. He was elected to Rajya Sabha (1998–2004) as a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was Chairman of High Level Committee on Indian Diaspora.

 

He was very close to Swami Shri Ram Sharan ji Maharaj (Shri Kanhaiya Lal Dugar), the founder of Gandhi Vidya Mandir. His contribution towards Gandhi Vidya Mandir was unparalleled especially at the times of crises. He shouldered its responsibility since 28th May 1967 as Vice Chancellor when Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, the former President of India was the Chancellor. On 13th July 1980 he took the responsibility as Chancellor of GVM succeeding Shri Atal Bihari Bajpai (the former Prime Minister of India) and continued till his last breath. He was the main architect of Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE Deemed University) serving as a plinth and pillar to the ethos and value based Education laid down by Swami Shri Ram Sharan ji.

 

He wrote many books such as A Tale of three cities, Bharat or Hamara Samay, Jain Temple and a few more in Hindi as well. A linguist and a prolific author, Singhvi was also a well acknowledged scholar of Jain history and culture and remained President of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

He spearheaded the Indian delegation to the United Nations conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, was a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague, and gave the 1993 Rede Lecture at the University of Cambridge on 'A Tale of Three Cities'. He had conceptualised the idea of holding Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ to promote interaction with non-resident Indians. His contribution to the country has come to light in the context of the movement for the introduction of the Lokpal bill. It was he who had mooted the idea of the Lokpal bill way back in the 1960s based on his study on the Ombudsman's role in the Scandinavian countries. It is said that he, at the behest of Nehru coined the term Lokpal. He died on October 6, 2007, following a brief illness, in New Delhi, and is survived by his wife and two children.

 

 

 

Invitation  

by

Chairman, Organizing Committee

 

Kanak Mal Dugar

President, Gandhi Vidya Mandir

Chancellor, IASE deemed University

Honorary President, Global Harmony Association -India  

Dear Friends,

Education is supposed to promote universal human values, peace, harmony and co-existence. Indian scriptures have always believed that the human race is one extended family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam). Madam Maria Montessori also said that “establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war.” Unfortunately, the concept of peace and harmony is found in low key in the educational content as well as in many academic institutions, families and contemporary national-international activities & discourses. Conflict, violence, destructive behaviors are alarmingly high. Textbooks are often written on conflict-based and materialistic perspectives, competitive rivalry, survival of the fittest, cut-throat social ideologies, profit oriented individualistic economic behavior as well as high uncertainty and corruption in national-international life. Insecurities, inequities, conflicts, violence, irresponsible and unharmonious conduct based on  political,  racial,  ethnic,  and  religious  conflicts  are  bringing  untold  tragedies  to  the  masses  of humanity.

The search for everlasting peace and harmony has been mankind’s biggest quest since time immemorial. Even text on war and its strategies also show an illusionary desire for peace. Sun Tzu in his book “The Art of War” says ‘The objective of all wars is peace’. Religious dogmas despite their great contribution to growth of human civilization have also failed collectively and individually to provide a solution to this problem. Today, peace is one of the important issues on global, national, and regional agendas of education.

 This seminar will focus on what we as responsible humans can do to offer our future generations an education which leads to a culture of peace and harmony. The focus of the seminar is to create an atmosphere to learn from one another the principles and methodologies of peace and harmony.  Teacher education, thus, needs specially to be engineered for creating safe and healthy learning environments that promote the culture of peace. Also, to equip future teachers with skills to create harmonious, empathetic, compassionate, forgiving, relationships among students that creates unity among people. Mahatma Gandhi rightly said that "If we wish to create lasting peace we must begin with the children", therefore we ought to promote a culture of peace in academic & social organizations and modify behavioral aspects of teachers, students and teacher educators.

We have invited educators, government officials and civic leaders, academicians, and peace-education  practitioners  to  review  the  latest  developments  in  the  emerging  field  of  peace education;  to  consult  together  on  how  these  new  insights  could  be  incorporated  into  education policies, priorities, and curricula; and to consider how these insights could be translated into practical pedagogical applications in classrooms, schools, and through this to families.  On a more specific basis, the conference offers an opportunity to educators, policymakers, and civic leaders   to consult on the relevance of teachers’ education for the development of peace and harmony in the society at large.

Your participation and contribution to the deliberations will encourage us in our efforts for nurturing peace culture. 

Yours Sincerely,

Kanak Mal Dugar

 

 

 

 

 


INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Recently world has seen nuclear catastrophe during Tsunami in Japan, political Tsunami in Middle East and Africa; racial & ethnic conflicts in Sri Lanka, east Asia and middle-east; terrorist and fundamentalist attacks in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan  and other countries as well as Maoist Violence in south Asia. This shows the expression of intolerance, manifestations of racial and ethnic hatred, the perpetuation of violence, terrorism and wars with discrimination, inequality and the growing disparities between the rich and the poor. If civilizations aren't tuned to the reality of human existence, they conserve the worst of human behavior and free themselves from any responsibility of co-existential relations. Eventually, they become corrupt and self-destructing. All civilizations that misalign reality with bad decisions, wrong education, moronic people and parasitic leaders, first destroy their surrounding and finally destroy themselves.

Teachings and practices of Peace and Harmony are always relevant and significant for ensuring mutual cooperation, fundamental freedom, peace, humane conduct and co-existence.  The educated human being is then a fundamental unit of analysis for the study of mankind, existence and its order for purposeful ends. People found advantages in participating and cooperating with order of nature and society to achieve peace and harmony. Across the world, as well as in the Asian counties peace, values, morals, character and ethical education are gaining popularity, as nation-states, international organizations, global corporations and civil society organizations increasingly recognize the importance of such education.

In the changing global scenario the main aim of teacher education will be to help people to develop themselves as global and local responsible citizens who shall make with conscientious efforts for building a humane world with peace and harmony. The focus of teacher education would be the values of peace and harmony, based on the human mindset, human rights, mutual respect, mutual trust, cooperation and respect for life, social justice, open-mindedness and co-existence. Keeping this in view it is necessary to reorient and restructure the teacher education programme to include education for peace and harmony. Teacher education for peace and harmony intertwine with the concept of peace, which in turn is intrinsically linked to the understanding of global world orders and commonalities of socio-political-economic and legal systems. Content of teacher education curricula and teaching methodologies for moral, ethical, value, peace and harmony education for the development of human values need to be designed and strengthened.

The  urgency  and  necessity  of such  education  was  recognized  by  the  member  states  of  UNESCO  in  1974 and  reaffirmed  in  the  Integrated  framework  of  action  on  education  for  peace, human rights, and democracy in 1994. UNESCO is committed to promote universal values of peace and non-violence, human rights and social justice with intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The approach of UNESCO in educating for peace is multidimensional, for that it links education with a range of activities to address the root causes of violence and to create an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence and sustainable development.

 

 

 

OBJECTIVES

  • To identify the current challenges of teacher education in solving the “human problems”.
  • To update the teacher education according to global norms established by UNESCO and other bodies.
  • To develop skills among teacher trainees in human values, harmonious living with co-existence.
  • To promote inter-disciplinary research activities for education for peace and harmony.
  • To create awareness among teachers for development of activities for peace and harmony education.
  • To frame an outline of the curriculum of teacher education for peace, harmony & human values.
  • To articulate and identify the activities, contents, programme for teaching peace and harmony.
  • To establish an international centre of Teacher education for peace and harmony.

 

THEME           :           Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony

DATE             :           Feb 11-13, 2012 

VENUE           :           NEW DELHI – INDIA  

India International Centre, 40-Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

  

Programme Schedule

 

Apart from inaugural and valedictory sessions, there will be three plenary followed by 15 thematic sessions. The first plenary session will focus on “Coexistence and Harmony through Teacher Education”. The outcome of this plenary session will have a direct bearing on curriculum, contents, methodology, evaluation process and overall direction of teacher education. The second plenary session is proposed to deal with Teacher education in technical, vocational and professional sectors. The objective of this plenary session is to introduce vision of peace and harmony. The third plenary session will be devoted to teacher education as a whole which is essentially the central theme of the seminar. These plenary sessions will provide direction to the declaration of the seminar.  

 

SUB THEMES

Papers and Innovative Ideas are welcome on any of the following Sub Themes

  

  1. 1.        Relevance of universal human values and peace based education
  2. 2.       Humanization of teacher education
  3. 3.       Global trends and New scenario of teacher education
  4. 4.      Dimensions and relationship of peace education with foundations of education
  5. 5.       Teacher educational governance:  Issues and challenges
  6. 6.      Co-existence and harmony  through teacher education
  7. 7.      Skills and activities for teacher education for peace and harmony
  8. 8.      Preparing peace teachers and peace workers in the community
  9. 9.      Role of teacher in multicultural and multi-ethnic society
  10. 10.   Peace based integrated curriculum for teacher education 
  11. 11.     Education for peace towards a millennium of well being

 

 GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF PAPERS /PRESENTATIONS

 

Schedule for Submission of Abstracts / Full Papers.

The abstract/paper must follow the format used by international journals/seminars.: (A) author (B)   college/university/institute (C) email-id (D) mobile / telephone number (E) title of the abstract (F) body of the abstract.

LANGUAGE

Abstract(s) must be written in ENGLISH or in HINDI:

 

 Schedule for submission of abstracts / papers

(i)     300 to 500 words abstracts should be submitted by November, 10, 2011.

(ii)   Acceptance of the abstract will be intimated by November, 25, 2011.

(iii) The last date for receiving the full paper of approx. 5000 words by December 30, 2011.

 

                Please mail/email your abstracts and papers to:

Dr. Surendra Pathak, Convener, International Seminar, IASE deemed University,

                Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahar (Churu), 331401, Rajasthan, India

Email : iase.internationalseminar@gmail.com, pathak06@gmail.com

 

         

 

 

REVIEWERS PANEL

 

                Abstracts, papers and presentation will be reviewed by committee, which
              includes:

 

  1. Dr. H L Sharma, Professor Education, New Delhi
  2. Dr.  Nityanand Pandey, Assam Central University, Silchar
  3. Dr. S B Singh , Professor, Education, Jodhpur
  4. Dr.  Asha Shukla, Head Dept. of Women Studies, Barkatullah University, Bhopal
  5. Prof. Hemlata Talesra, Director & Head, Smt. K. B. Dave College of Education, Pilvai, Mehsana, Gujarat
  6. Dr. Krishna Mohan, Consultant, Psychology & Mental Health, Founder & Managing Director of PsychGuru Mental Health Services Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad
  7. Rakesh Gupta, Studying Madhyasth Darshan in the guidance Shri  A. Nagraj, Bangalore
  8. Prof. Kumud Chandra Thakar, Former Director Lok Bharti, Sanosara, Bhavnagar, Gujarat

 

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

REGISTRATION FEE:

(a)    Foreign Delegates                     

  1. Developed Country : USD  250
  2. Developing country : USD  150

(b)    Indian Delegates 

        Individual Delegate           : Rs. 2500

        Institutional Delegate      : Rs 3000 (extra copy of seminar proceedings will be given for their library)

(c)    Student Delegates                      : Rs. 1000

(M.A./ M.Ed./M.Phil./Ph.D.)

 

(Registration fee includes accommodation & food for the Delegates)

 

Registration fee to be paid in favor of Registrar, IASE Deemed University, Sardarshahar, Rajasthan

should be submitted through Demand Draft/Pay order along with the registration form and sent to,

The Seminar Convener

International Seminar on Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony

IASE Deemed University, Gandhi Vidya Mandir

Sardarshahar (Churu), 331401, Rajasthan, India

 

REGISTRATION ONLINE

Online Registration can be done through Swift Account as per the given details of Banking.

 

DETAILS OF BANKING

 

Swift Code Number: SBBJ INBB

IFSE CODE No. SBBJ 0110140

Beneficiary's Name: Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahr, India.

Foreign currency Account Number: - 51093725633,

Indian currency Current Account Number: - 51093722745

Beneficiary Bank: State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur,

Address: Sardarshahr, 3301401, Rajasthan, India.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Delegates will be accommodated in the Guest House and Participating Students in the hostels arranged by organizers. Separate accommodation will be provided on payment with prior information.    

     

LAST DATE OF REGISTRATION IS JANUARY 15, 2012. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

                                                                

GANDHI VIDYA MANDIR (http://www.gandhividyamandir.org.in/)

 

Gandhi Vidya Mandir(GVM), a Non-governmental, Non-profit making registered society was founded in 1950 on 1190 acres of land in one of the harshest and the most backward areas in the country. The region is acutely prone to droughts and floods, heat and cold waves, epidemics and other calamities. It was the vision of Shri Kanhaiyalal Dugar (who later embraced Sanyas (renunciation) and was known as Swami Shri Shriram Sharan ji) an embodiment of universal humanism, who, with the blood and sweat of many devoted social-workers, philanthropists, students and staff, created this epitome of emulative excellence in human endeavor. He dedicated his entire life and all his personal wealth to the cause of education and upliftment of the down-trodden.

 “Gandhi Vidya Mandir” means a comprehensive seat of education making sincere efforts towards realizing humanitarianism. GVM has been striving to alleviate these problems through various permanent projects and programmers relating to education, culture, livelihood, health and hygiene, vocational education etc., without discrimination of caste, class or creed. The cultural and spiritual aspects and propagation of Gandhian ideals of ahimsa, peace and sarvodaya are adequately covered in the curricular as well as community programmes. The ‘Baal Graha’ (Children’s Home) provides education and home to orphans. In the surrounding villages, there are 46 centres of basic Shiksha Karmi Yojna for rural boys and girls in the age group of 6 to 14 years, benefitting about 2000 students. Non Formal Education (NFE) is provided to over 3000 boys and girls in the age group of 6 to 14 years in 100 village-centers. There are 12 primary schools and 45 adult education centers serving over 10,000 children and adults, mainly young girls and women. GVM hosts resident & non-resident students, from pre-primary to Ph.D. level. There are separate multi-faculty colleges for girls and co-educational colleges in Ayurveda, Para-Medical, Life Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, IT, Management, Engineering and Art & Home Science. It is dotted by large parks, gardens, playgrounds, auditoria, cultural and spiritual centers GVM was conceptualized and nurtured as a University.

It has grown from strength-to-strength and its 60 years history is a saga of strides, struggles and successes. ‘Service with Sincerity’ is our watchword and the motto is ‘Gyanbhanur-bhasatam’ - ‘May the Sun of Knowledge Shine’. (the sun knows no discrimination and engulfs the entire world with light and warmth).

 

IASE DEEMED UNIVERSITY (http://www.iaseuniversity.org.in/)

 

Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) – Deemed to be University, a unit of Gandhi Vidya Mandir (GVM), Sardarshahr, Dist. Churu, Rajasthan, is a non Government self-funded Institute of Higher Education. It is located amidst the north-western part of the dreaded Thar Desert, 230 km north of jaipur, 330 km west of Delhi, 125 km east of Bikaner and 45 km from Ratangarh Junction/ Churu.

In 2002, the Government of India accorded the formal recognition of ‘Deemed to be University’ to IASE of GVM, under Section 3 of the UGC Act (1956) vide notification F.29/200-U.3 of 25th June 2002, and the UGC notification F.6-25/2001 (CPP-I) of 17th July 2002. The University is providing highest quality education at low cost. This institution has grown at an enviable pace since then without any contribution or grants from University Grants Commission (UGC) or Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Distance Education Programme was started in 2003 with the objective of bringing education to all those who seek it at a place, pace and time of their own choosing, and to inculcate the spirit o life-long learning, at affordable costs. This beautifully fits into the vision of our founding fathers.

Over a period of time, thousands of students have benefited in diverse fields of Education, IT & Management, Engineering, Paramedical, Bio Technology, Science & Humanities and Value Education from certification upto post-graduate programmes.

Basic Teacher’s Training College (http://www.bttc-gvm.org.in/)

It was founded on Aug 9, 1953, offering ‘Teacher Training Courses’ (TTC), as it then existed. In 1954, Basic STC replaced this course. The degree course (B.Ed) was started in 1956, M.Ed in 1960 and the facility for Ph.D added in 1968. It has produced 500 BSTC, 13,000 B.Ed, 700 M.Ed and 57 Ph.D since its existence. In 1993, BTTC was upgraded to the status of the ‘Institute of Advanced Studies in Education’ (IASE), under the centrally sponsored scheme of restructuring and reorganization of teacher education. From 20th February, 2008 IASE was converted into CTE. This is one of India’s premiere institutes in the education sector, pertaining  teacher-training right from primary up to the doctoral stage with an additional special charge of two districts of Rajasthan, namely Nagaur and Churu, to improve the quality of teaching at all levels, through specific in-service training courses devised by it.

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION

 

GUJARAT VIDYAPITH: AHMEDABAD (http://www.gujaratvidyapith.org/) 

 

Gujarat Vidyapeeth is an institution providing life-building education based on Gandhian thoughts.  It was established by Mahatma Gandhi on 18th October, 1920 during movement against British rule.  Upto 1930, in Gujarat Vidyapeeth, the languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Sanskrit, Persian and English were taught along with the courses in Indian Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Music. Considering the significant contribution of value-based educational experiences of Gujarat Vidyapeeth at national and international level, the Government of India awarded Gujarat Vidyapeeth with the status of ‘deemed to be University’ under the ,provisions of University Grants Commission Act, in the year 1963. In the Sadra campus, the graduation level and post-graduation level courses are also available in Physical Education College and Micro-Biology Science Department. In Randheja campus, in its Gram Seva Mahavidyalay, the Home Science course is available for girls and in its Rural Management Institute, both graduation and post-graduation level courses are available both for boys and girls.  In Ahmedabad campus, various courses are offered in its Education Colleges as well as in its Lifelong Education Department.

The basic objective of Gujarat Vidyapeeth is to prepare workers who are well equipped with character, capability, culture and commitment through educational programmes in the context of re-construction of nation based on Gandhian ideals. Gujarat Vidyapeeth has been always concerned with the experiments of research training and extension in various fields of education for development and implementation of Gandhian thoughts. Gujarat Vidyapith trains students in such a way that they will strengthen self-reliance.  For that we made residential colleges.  We believe that education should not be conducted only in four walls but it should take place informal way while residing the students at campus.  At present students are working daily in such a way so that the quality of self-reliance could reflect in their lifestyle.

 

JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UNIVERSITY (http://jvbi.ac.in/):

 

Jain Vishva Bharati University was established with the inspiration of late Gurudev Tulsi, a great seer, saint and scholar of the modern era. In 1991, Government of India notified JVBI as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of University Grants Commission Act, 1956. Late Gurudev Shri Tulsi remained its first constitutional Anushasta (moral and spiritual disciplinarian), Acharya Mahaprajna was the 2nd and Acharya Mahashraman is the present Anushasta.

The Jain Vishva Bharati University is an endeavour in the direction of putting into practice, promote and propagate the high ideals of Anekant, Ahimsa, Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence for weal being of the mankind.  The University has resolved to work as a center of Advanced Studies, Research & Training in Jainology in the context of comparative studies in Indology, World Religions, Ahimsa and World Peace. The objectives for which the University is established and functioning are: (i) to provide for Instruction, Training, Research, Extension and Experimentation in the various branches of learning; (ii) to provide for research and for advancement of and dissemination of knowledge and extension activities in the Oriental Learning— Prakrit Language and Literature, Pali, Sanskrit, Apabhramsha, Jainology, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Studies in Philosophy and World Religions, Astrology, Mantravidya Avadhanvidya (Mnemonics), Yoga and Sadhana, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Colour Therapy, Magnet Therapy, Epigraphy, Paleography, Jeevan Vigyan & Preksha Dhyan (Science of Living & Preksha meditation) and the fundamental principles of Shramana Culture and such other related and ancilliary or supplementary subjects.

Jain Vishva Bharati Institute launched a Bachelor of Education programme recognized by National Council for Teacher Education. The programme was designed to suit candidates from all over India and it places specific emphasis on meditation as a tool to enhance learning skills and I.Q. Jain Vishva Bharti Institute (Deemed University) envisions a value and technology based society. 

 

 

THE TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING—INDIA (http://www.templeofunderstanding.org/wwa_International_Chapters.html) 

The Temple of Understanding is one of the oldest international interfaith organizations founded by Juliet Hollister some 52 years ago at the Cathedral of St. John in New York.  It works towards creating bridges between faiths and cultures in all parts of the world. Its aim of pluralism and recognition of the value of each identity has made it a globally important movement particularly relevant for addressing the manifold challenges of globalization that has unleashed a wave of homogenization of cultures and behavior patterns of the younger generations.   

The Temple of Understanding is accredited to the United Nations as an NGO in Consultative Status with its Economic & Social Council with offices at New York and Geneva. There are several chapters around the world. The India Chapter of the Temple of Understanding was established nearly 40 years ago at the initiative of Hon’ble Dr. Karan Singh who is currently the Chair of the International Board of Trustees and also the national president. There is an Executive Committee representative of all the religious communities in the country namely Baha’i Faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism.   The activities include organizing seminars, colloquia, symposiums, lecture programmes at Universities and Colleges and collaboration with like-minded organizations.  Generally, two programmes are organized annually.  Additionally, the Temple of Understanding—India participates in various international conferences such the one organized by the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions and so far its President and members of the International Board have addressed Conferences in Chicago (1993), Cape Town (1999), Barcelona (2004), Melbourne (2009) as well as the World Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders held in New York under the aegis of the United Nations Secretary General (2000) and numerous national and regional ones within the country and in continents.  

Religious strife has been the cause of innumerable conflicts and wars.  Most people whether believers or non-believers are averse to all forms of violence.  Then, why is there so much strife and shedding of innocent blood?  Especially, in the context of religion how are the differences between them to be resolved, both in theory and in practice continues to be a major challenge facing the religious leaders.  It is they who have to contemplate, with hearts filled with the spirit of compassion and a desire for truth, the plight of humanity, and to ask themselves whether they cannot, in humility before their Almighty Creator, submerge their theological difference in a great spirit of mutual forbearance that will enable them to work together for the advance of human understanding and peace.  This is the collective plea the members of the Temple of Understanding everywhere.  Likewise, the ethnic divide and the rights of the indigenous peoples must be safeguarded.  Emails: gds_delhi@yahoo.co.in &  akmerchant@hotmail.com  .

 

NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE BAHA’IS OF INDIA (http://www.bahai.in/) 

There is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith and the unique system of Baha’i administration is set into an evolutionary paradigm.  It functions on the basis of the sacred writings of its founder, Baha’u’llah, His authorized interpreters and the guidance provided the supreme governing council known as the Universal House of Justice, based at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel.  The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of India was established in 1923 and serves as the apex body of the Baha’is of India comprising of nine members elected by secret ballot at a National Baha’i Convention held annually.  Under this body there are seventeen regional and about 550 local Baha’i councils functioning serving the approximately one-and-half million-strong Baha’i community.  The elected bodies are assisted by a number of appointed institutions such as Continental Counsellors, Auxiliary Board members and their Assistants.  The Baha’i administration is further decentralized to the cluster-level and each of these have their coordinators and support agencies.  There is a harmonious spirit of non-adversarial consultation.  

 

The Baha'is of India are actively engaged in seeking the betterment of society through the pursuit of processes of individual and social transformation. Through these efforts and in collaboration with a number of like-minded organisations, the Baha'is of India are learning to address the grave challenges facing present day society such as the prevalence of caste and class prejudice, gender inequality, communal disharmony, illiteracy, lack of education, violence, poverty, corruption and moral degradation. It is the fervent hope and aspiration of the Baha’i community in India to see their nation grow in material and spiritual prosperity; to see that the bonds of unity between the thousands of ethnic and religious communities living within its borders grows. To ensure that its people not only excel in the acquisition of scientific knowledge but also become renowned for their moral character and for qualities such as love, justice, compassion, equality and rectitude of conduct and that India makes its own distinct contribution to the advancement of world civilization, as we know it.

Email: nsaindia@ibnc.in  

 

 

International Support

 

Global Harmony Association (GHA): www.peacefromharmony.org

 

Introduction

Global Harmony Association (GHA) is non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian, without regard to religious or political affiliation. GHA was established on February 15, 2005. It unites more than 500 individual members from 56 countries and more than one million participants from the GHA collective members in 80 countries. All of them are very different but they are convinced of one possibility and necessity of social harmony and harmonious civilization excluding wars, terror, hunger and other social pathologies of a leaving industrial civilization.

 


International Board

· Dr. Leo Semashko- GHA Founder and President -  Russia

- Prof. Ernesto Kahan, 1st Vice-President - Israel

· Vice-Chair- Shri. Kanak Mal Dugar- India

· Mr Ivan Ivanov, Technical Director - Russia

· Dr. Tholana Chakravarthy- India

· Dr. Charles Mercieca –USA

· Mr Tatomir Ion-Marius – Romania

· Dr. Dimitris P. Kraniotis – Greece

- Dr. Steve Rajan - Malaysia

- Dr. Maria Cristina Azcona - Argentina

- Mr Heli Habyarimana - Rwanda

- Dr. Erika Lazarova - Bulgaria

- Dr. Leonid Timoshenko - Russia

- Dr. Surendra Pathak - India

- Dr. Motilal Sharma - India

- Dr. Ananta Kumar Giri - India

- Dr. Laj Utreja - USA

- Dr. Mariam Khan - Pakistan


 


Honorary Advisory Committee

· Dr. Renato Corsetti – Italy (Chair),

· Prof. Reimon Bachika – Japan,

· Dr. Maitreyee Roy, India

· Prof. Rudolf Siebert, USA

· Ms Nina Goncharova, Russia

· Prof. Dongrong Sun, China

· Prof. Grigory Toulchinsky, Russia

· Prof. Igor Shadkhan, Russia


 

Eternal peace: It is achievable in a harmonious civilization as a society of the conscious harmonious spheral classes of the population o­n our planet. Its main dignity is the scientific knowledge of the fundamental elements and laws of social and individual harmony. This knowledge transforms the spontaneous harmonious classes in conscious actors of social harmony. Universal use and cultivation of this knowledge provides harmonious production and distribution of all resources: human, information, organizational (power and capital) and material. Harmonious consciousness through harmonious education, together with harmonious production and distribution of resources, are the base for eternal peace, national prosperity, human happiness and nature preservation.

GHA Social Ideal : A harmonious civilization, the features, definition, inevitability and thinking of which are scientifically defined in the GHA Harmonious Civilization Universal Declaration.

GHA Mission : It is to bring peace from harmony paving a conscious way for harmonious civilization through scientifically based ABC of Harmony, so, nonviolent, by the harmony projects, harmonious education and cross-cultural dialog at all levels: global, regional, national and local.

GHA-INDIA (http://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=481) Board:

· Kanak Mal Dugar - Honorary President of GHA-India

· Surendra Pathak - President of GHA-India

· Maitreyee Roy - Vice President of GHA-India, Sociogroup Head

· Tholana Chakravarthy - Vice President of GHA-India, Infogroup Head

· Syed Salman Chishty - Vice President of GHA-India, Orggroup Head

· Motilal Sharma - Vice President of GHA-India, Techno(eco)group Head

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

 

Chairman

 

Kanak Mal Dugar

Chancellor, IASE Deemed University, President of Gandhi Vidya Mandir

Vice President, Global Harmony Association, Honorary President, GHA-India

 

Co-Chairperson

Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar

Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Ahmedabad

Samani Charitra Prajna 

Vice Chancellor, Jain Vishwa Bharti Deemed University, Ladnun, Rajasthan

Dr. A K. Marchent

General Secretary,

Temple of Understanding—India

Ms. Naznene Rowhani,

Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of India 

 

Vice Chairman

 

M L Bhatt

Vice Chancellor, IASE Deemed University

 

Advisors

Dr. M L Sharma

Former Principal Education Specialist

Asian Development Bank

Dr. N. K. Ambasht

Pro Vice Chancellor IASE Deemed University,

Former Chairman – National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS, Govt. of India)

Prof. O. S. Dewal

Former Principal, Regional College of Education (NCERT), Ajmer

Prof. Puran Chand

Advisor, Gandhi Vidya Mandir,

Former Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi

Seminar Director

Dr. Dinesh Kumar

Former Pro VC, IASE Deemed University, Principal, Basic Teachers’ Training College

bttc.gvm@gmail.com, 09414086003

 

Seminar Convener

Dr. Surendra Pathak

Head of the Department, Value Education, IASE Deemed University

pathak06@gmail.com, 09414086007

 

Institutional Co-coordinator

 

Dr. Pushpa Motiyani

Head, Peace Research Centre, Gujarat Vidyapith Deemed University

 

Prof. B. R. Dugar

Professor & Head, Department of Nonviolence

and Peace Jain Vishwa Bharti Deemed University, Ladnun, Rajasthan

 

Email for Seminar Correspondence

iase.internationalseminar@gmail.com

 

 

BOARD OF ADVISORS (International)

 


Professor Clarence B. Jones (USA)

Scholar in Residence and Visiting Professor at the
Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University

Mr. Charles Mercieca, Ph.D. (USA)
President, International Association of Educators for World Peace
Dedicated to United Nations Goals of Peace Education, Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Disarmament
Professor Emeritus, Alabama A&M University
Hon President & Professor, SBS Swiss Business School, Zurich

Dr. Leo Semashko, (Russia)

Founder and President: Global Harmony Association (GHA) and International Website "Peace from Harmony",State Councillor of St.Petersburg,Founder and Director, Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;

Former Professor Sociology, St. Petersburg Universities

Professor Bob Adamson (Hong Kong)

Head, Dept of International Education & Lifelong Learning
Hong Kong Institute of Education

Professor Michael Pye (Germany)
Professor of the Study of Religions, University of Marburg, Germany (retired),

 Research Associate (International Buddhist Studies), Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research
Institute, Otani University, Kyoto, Japan

Dr.  Kofi Kumado (Ghana)

Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Honorary Member of the International Commission of Jurists (2001)

Professor Dayantha S Wijeyesekera (Sri Lanka)
Emeritus Professor, University of Moratuwa, Member, National Education Commission,

Chairman, Standing Committee on Tertiary and Technological Education of the Commission,

The Country Representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Dr. Neil Hawkes (Oxford, UK)

Cert.Ed, ACP, BA, MEd, FCol P, D.Phil (Oxford), FRSA

International consultant in Values-based Education, Director of the charity ALIVE (Association of Living Values Education

International), Director of the Values Education Trust in the UK

Prof. Mohandas Menon, Ph.D.(Malaysia)
Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic support), Wawasan University Open University, Malaysia

Dr.  Dephne Romy (Switzerland)

Member, French National Center for Scientific Research affiliated Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches: Fondements du Droit Public. Founder of Académie Sans Frontières, a network of scholars worldwide as well as Sociolinguists on Facebook.  Author of several publications and articles to be found on her blog at cosmopolitanism.wordpress.com and she is the Editor-in-Chief of a special issue of the French Journal Droit et Culture

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (Washington D.C)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown University

Founding members & Associate Director of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice

Dr. Federico V Niduasa (Philippines)

President, International Research Center for Global Peace and Harmony, Inc., Academic Researcher on Peace, Japan Humanistic Anthropology Association, Tokyo, Japan, National Director for Family Values, Anti-Drug Campaign, Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines Asia Coordinator , International Police Commission, General Headquarters, Sacramento, California, United States of America

Marcos Estrada (Brazil)

General Coordinator, Youth Team for a Culture of Peace

Produce the Final Civil Society Report of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace

Vivek Umrao Glenderning (Australia)

Editor, The Ground Report India, Chairman & CEO, Ground Report Media Pvt Ltd

Member, Wikimedia, Australia, International Journalist, The Chartered Institute of Journalists, London UK

Member, International PEN, England, Member, Sydney PEN, Australia

Harinder Mishra (Jerusalem, Israel)

Faculty, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem correspondent of Press Trust of India (PTI) since 2004, worked as a special correspondent for BBC and DW based out of Jerusalem, former sub-editor and news monitor at All India Radio for six years, completed doctorate studies at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


 

BOARD OF ADVISORS (National)


Ms Radha Bhatt (New Delhi)

Chairperson, Gandhi Peace foundation and Veteran Gandhian 

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar (Pune)

Founder – C-Dac, ER&DC, Techno Park, IIIT, ETH Research Lab and Maltiversity

Fellow IEEE, Fellow ACM, Fellow CSI, INAE, NAScI, IETE, MASc

Padamashri, Maharastra Bhushan

J. Veera Raghavan (Gurgaon, Delhi)

Former Secretary, Human Recourse Development, Govt. of India

M K Kaw (New Delhi)

Former Principal Advisor (Education) Planning Commission & Former Secretary (HRD) Govt. of India.

Dean, Sri Sathya Sai International Centre for Human Values

Dr. J. S. Rajput (New Delhi)

Educationist, former director - NCERT

Prof. Ravindra Kumar (Meerut)

Awarded Padma Shri, Former Vice Chancellor, Meerut University; Hon. Patron, Stallion College of Engineering & Technology;  
Secretary-General, World Peace Movement Trust; Editor, Global Peace International Journal, Consultant to the United Nations UP GS 

Prof. Mohammad Miyan (Hyderabad)
Vice-Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

Prof. A.K. Bakshi (Allahabad)
Vice-Chancellor, UP Rajshri Tandan Open University

Prof. Surya Nath Prasad (Nagpur)

Former President and currently Executive Vice President of International Association of Educators for World Peace

Prof. M C Sharma (New Delhi)

School of Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi

Prof. R R Gaur (New Delhi)

Advisor & Ex. Head, National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering, IIT Delhi,

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi (Retd.)

Dr. Sushila Bhan (New Delhi)

Treasurer, The Temple of Understanding—India

Dr. T. N. Dhar (New Delhi)

Former Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi

Dr. Syed Salman Chishty (Ajmer Sharif)

Gaddi Nashin - Khadim e Khawaja Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty

Dargah Khawaja Saheb Ajmer Sharif and Director, Chishty Foundation, Ajmer Sharif 

Humanitarian Non-Profit Trust, Regd. Govt. of India

Dr Yugandhar GR (Hyderabad)

Founder-The World United, MS, Institute of Transformational Medicine,

(Connecting People through Personal & Planetary Evolution Spiritual Science - Holistic Health - Environment)

Prof. Ganesh Bagariya (Kanpur)

Jeevan Vidya Prabodhak and Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, HBTI

Prof. Ummed Singh (Surat)

Professor and Coordinator M.Ed. (Specialisation : Educational Technology), South Gujarat University, Surat  

Dr. Nand Kishore Acharya (Hyderabad)

Professor IIIT Hyderabad,

Former Prof. Ahimsa, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, Maharastra

Prof. B.K. Tripathi (New Delhi)

Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi

Ishwar Dayal Kansal (New Delhi)

Promoter and Chief Editor, SANSKARAM (Hindi Magazine), New Delhi

Shri Pawan Gupta (Mussoorie)

Founder, Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Shri Himanshu Dugar (Bhuj, Gujarat)

Social Worker and Educational consultant

Dr. Sandeep Purohit (Jaipur)

Web-Editor, Rajashthan Patrika

Dr. Rajendra Khimani (Ahmedabad)

Registrar, Gujarat Vidyapeeth,Ahmedabad

 


 

FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT

Dr. Surendra Pathak

Seminar Convener

Head of the Department,

ChetnaVikas Mulya Shiksha (Value Education)

IASE Deemed University, Gandhi Vidya Mandir,

SARDARSHAHAR, 331401,  Dist-Churu, Rajasthan, India

Phone: 01564 223625, Fax- 01564-220057, 2236827

pathak06@gmail.com

 

Email for Seminar Correspondence: iase.internationalseminar@gmail.com

 

WEBSITES:           



 

 

International Seminar

 “Teacher Education for Peace & Harmony”

Feb 11-13, 2012

 

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To

Dr. Surendra Pathak,

Seminar Convener,

IASE Deemed University, Sardarshahar, 331401

Rajasthan, India.

 

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Contact Number: 01564-223625, Fax: 01564-223682, mobile: +91 94140-86007

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