Friday, January 31, 2014

Second Online Session of SPPIS Haryana


 
Society for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (SPPIS), Haryana
Second Online Session

on the theme

Development of Philosophy in India

24th June, 2014

 
 
Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS), Milestone Education Society (Regd.), Pehowa (Kurukshetra)-136128

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Philosophy and Values in Public Affairs: An Appraisal


Philosophy and Values in Public Affairs: An Appraisal

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
 

Abstract

In the recent past, especially in the last quarter of 20th century, there have been drastic changes which have taken place. People all over the world, started feeling the pinch of “rate of change” in emerging contemporary society. It has influenced all the aspects of human life. It also influenced the ancient conception of philosophy that it seeks to understand the mysteries of existence and reality. It was also influenced by present scientific development which raised philosophical speculations towards linguistic analysis, mental content and later on cognitive science studies. It is true that philosophy tries to discover the nature of truth and knowledge and to find what is of basic value and importance in life. It also examines the relationships between humanity and nature and between the individual and society. Philosophy arises out of wonder, curiosity, and the desire to know and understand. Philosophy is thus a form of inquiry--a process of analysis, criticism, interpretation, and speculation. It is contributing in the process of human development since ancient times.  The process of human development begins with the conceptions and continues throughout life. It takes as many different courses as every human being develops in a unique way, embedded in the context of his or her environment. In the light of above assumptions, we are going to study the role of philosophy and values in public affairs and how philosophy shaping the human life with its continuous progress.

Contact:
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal,  Assistant Professor (Philosophy), P. G. Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh  &   Co-ordinator, Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS),   Pehowa (Kurukshetra)  Email: dr.sirswal@gmail.com, Mobile No.8288883993, 9896848775.              
Note:
To be presented at National Seminar on PHILOSOPHY IN PRACTICE : MAKING SENSE OF HUMAN EXISTENCE, held on February 23, 2014 in the Department of Philosophy, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur

THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORALITY IN HUMAN LIFE: AN OVERVIEW


THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORALITY IN HUMAN LIFE: AN OVERVIEW

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

Assistant Professor (Philosophy), P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh &  Programme Coordinator, Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS), Pehowa (Kurukshetra), Mobile No. 09896848775, E-mail: dr.sirswal@gmail.com
 

Abstract

Presently philosophers, social theorists, educationists and legal scholars are busy with issues of contemporary importance such as affirmative actions, animal’s rights, capital punishment, cloning, euthanasia, immigration, pornography, privacy in civil society, values in nature, human rights, cultural values and world hunger etc. Since ancient time ethics is one of the most important part of philosophical speculations and human development. The development of morality comes under three stages viz. intrinsic morality, customary morality and reflective morality. Intrinsic morality has traditionally been thought to lie at the heart of ethics and this is the first stage of morality where the objective is to be moral is to lead one’s life according its basic needs.  Customary morality is the second stage of morality, where customs of a particular group and tribe rule the life of the man living in this group and morals based on the customs and traditions of society.  Members of the group are motivated to sacrifice their lives to save the culture and norms of the particular group or tribe. In the last reflective morality, man started thinking himself and started to do reflection on their life and contributed to the development of the nation or society where he/she lives. Here he/she is independent to think and follow the best for his life. Reflective morals are those that are based on what you believe to be right and not others. The ideas related to the development of art, values, human rights and quality education etc., all are because of man’s reflection. Reflective morality is the best stage of development of morality in human society. In this paper an attempt is made to draw an outline of development of morality in human life and its application of morality in public and personal life.

Note:To be presented at National Conference on Holistic Human Development: Contribution of Multidisciplinary Research, 24th- 26th, February, 2013, Department of Home Science, University of Rajasthan,Jaipur

Thursday, December 5, 2013

VALUE EDUCATION:A Special Tribute Issue to Commemorate 150th Birth Anniversary Year of Swami Vivekananda


 
Milestone Education Review

(The Journal of Ideas on Educational & Social Transformation)

ISSN: 2278 – 2168

Year 04, No.01 (April, 2013)

VALUE EDUCATION

A Special Tribute Issue to Commemorate 150th Birth

Anniversary Year of Swami Vivekananda

Editors:

Nandita Shukla Singh

Latika Sharma

Sudhir Baweja

Download the issue from:


 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Report on World Philosophy Day Celeberation-2013


 



The Departments of Philosophy and French, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh in association with Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurukshetra)  celebrated World Philosophy Day on 21st November, 2013. Dr. Anita Khosla (Head, Department of Hindi) and Dr. Madhu Gosain (Associate Professor, Department of Hindi) were quest in this function.  Ms. Sukhdeep introduced about the World Philosophy Day and along with Ms.Ishwita conducted the stage.

On this beautiful occasion the November issue of “Sophia: Student Magazine” released by the Guests.  Ms. Rajni Bala (President, The Positive Philosophy Society) introduced about the present issue and told that this includes best class presentations of philosophy students.

In this function there were two students’ competitions viz. essay-cum-presentation and poster-making. The fourth issue of Sophia: Student Magazine released in this function. Dr. Anita Khousla encouraged students and made positive comments to the participants. Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal (Head, Department of Philosophy) elaborated the themes to the participants. The following students got prizes in this function:

Essay-cum-presentation Competition:

First Prize: Ms. Bhawna Singh (B.A.Final Year)

Second Prize: Ms. Krishma (B.A.First Year), Ms. Rajni Bala (B.A.Final Year)

Consolation Prize: Ms. Ishwita Kaur (B.A. First Year)

Poster-making Competition:

First Prize: Ms. Shivani Sharma (B.A. Second Year)

Second Prize: Ms. Sandeep Kaur (B.A.First Year)

Consolation Prize: Ms. Arnika Yumnam (B.A. First Year)

Total 20 students participated in these competitions on the themes on Indian Society and Ideological Crisis, Domestic Violence, Communal Violence and Westernisation.  All the teachers were honoured by the Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurukshetra). The President and Vice-President, The Positive Philosophy Society of PGGCG-11, Chandigarh honoured Dr. Nidhi Sharma (Head, Department of French)  by presenting her a book. Dr. Nidhi Sharma delivered her thanks note to the guests.

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Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

November 21, 2013
 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Mahrishi Valmiki Jayanti -2013

Happy Mahrishi Valmiki Jayanti -2013
 
Dear Friends,
Mahrishi Valmiki was a great Sanskrit poet and wrote the famous Hindu epic – the Ramayana. Valmiki Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birthday of the poet who is considered the Ai Kavi or the first poet and contributed a lot in the social life of India through his social philosophy. The festival falls on the day of the full moon in the month of Ashwina, between September and October. This year it is celebrated on 18th October, 2013. On this occasion we are releasing the IIIrd online lecture of our Lecture -Series.
The 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda (12 January, 2013) was celebrated all over India and in different countries of the world. Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports of India decided to observe 2013 as the year of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Year-long events and programs were organised by different branches of Ramakrishna Math, Ramakrishna Mission, central government and different state governments of India, education institutions, youth groups etc. In this continuation several initiatives were taken by the Centre for Positive Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Studies (CPPIS) Pehowa (Kurushetra). First we published a book “Philosophy of Swami Vivekananda” in 2012 and then created its online version in January, 2013. One part of our book “Contemporary Indian Philosophy” published in 2013 was dedicated on Swami Vivekananda. A special issue of Value-Education of Milestone Education Review released this year. This lecture adds another volume in CPPIS’s contributed to this great occasion.
 
“Swami Vivekananda and Value-Education” delivered by Swami Vivekanandaji (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chandigarh) is the third lecture in our online lecture series. This lecture delivered at Celebration 150th Birth Anniveersary of Swami Vivekananda by the Department of Philosophy, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh held on 11th October, 2013.This is a very important and useful lecture delivered by Swamiji to motivate the students particularly and inspire Indian youth generally. You can download this lecture from the following link:
 
Hope this initiative of the Centre welcome by our scholars and a kind response we will hear from them. We are thankful to our teachers and scholars who are continually motivating us for this kind of initiatives. We seek their blessings all time to do CPPIS’s work better.
 
Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal
 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Short Report on the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Swami Vivekanandaji



The Departments of Hindi and Philosophy, P.G.Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh organized a lecture on “Life and Teachings of Swami Vivekananda”on 11th October, 2013. Swami Anupamananda ji (Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chandigarh) was the chief-guest of this program. The details of the progrmme is given below:



Dr. Anita Khosla (Head, Department of Hindi) first introduced Chief-Guest and gave a detail account of his activities. She mentioned in her speech that Swami Anupamanandaji served as the Director of Vivekananda Institute of Languages, which offers Indian and Foreign language courses to 7,000 students. He used to regularly interact and motivate the students.  In June 2012 Swami Anupamanandaji took Charge as the Head of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Chandigarh.  Since then he has been visiting and conduction programmes. He directs the activities of the Ashrama, which include service activities in medical field, educational field, cultural and spiritual programmes. Dr. Beenu Dogra (Vice-Principal, PGGCG-11, Chandigarh) presented in the programme with her kind and motivational presence.

 

Swami Anupamananda ji delivered his lecture concentrating on Swami Vivekananda and Value Education. He added that remembering Swami Vivekananda’s unique contribution for the regeneration of modern India, the nation is celebrating his 150th birth anniversary.  He has left an indelible mark on great thinkers of modern world.  ‘Man’ was central to his philosophy.  Since education plays major role in developing human personality, he has propounded a philosophy of education which has found universal acceptance. An important message of Swami Vivekananda, which was very relevant to the Indian condition, was that man is the maker of his own future.  Man has the power to make him-self what he wishes to be.  Man has immense possibilities.  In spite of this if someone remains an ordinary person, he alone is to be blamed for this.  Once a person decides the goal of his life he needs to labour under correct knowledge.  This will take him to the goal. Swamiji’s this message brought change in the attitude of Indian people who had lost the capacity to take initiative. The ultimate goal of education is to acquire knowledge of one’s own real nature.  “Each soul is potentially divine.” said Swami Vivekananda. We have forgotten our real nature. Hence we think ourselves weak and helpless.  If we realise our nature we develop faith in ourselves.  Swamiji wanted personality development through moral and spiritual education. “The very essence of education is concentration of mind.”, said Swamiji.  The training of the mind is very important for Swamijis scheme of education.  Comprehension and retention play an important role in education, which is not possible with an untrained mind.  With a trained mind alone it is possible.  So  concentration becomes paramount to education. There are three dimensions to our personality, i.e. physical, mental and spiritual. A harmonious development of these three dimensions is essential for balanced development of personality. Swami Vivekananda repeatedly stressed the immediate need of mass education.  He wanted education to reach backward, downtrodden rural Indians.  Swami Vivekananda pointed out that spirit of service must be part of our life.  Swami Vivekananda’s life and message have the power to empower our thought process, which will help us to inculcate self-respect, moral courage, social responsibility, creativity and patriotism. Thus Swami Vivekananda’s philosophy of education can help the younger generation to overcome the deficiency in the system of education and produce men and women of character, which is the need of the hour.

 

On this occasion a special issue on Value-Education of Milestone Education Review released in CD-ROM by Swamiji and it is also mentioned that the online version of this issue will be made available soon. This issue edited by  Prof Nandita ( Chairperson, Deptt. of Education, P.U, Chandigarh & Coordinator, Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies), Dr. Latika Sharma (Deptt. of Education, P.U. Chandigarh), Dr. Sudhir Baweja (Coordinator , Philosophy, Vivekananda Studies, USOL, P.U Chandigarh). Dr. Sudhir Baweja gave an overview of content included in this volume. He also emphasized on the importance of value-education in present times and contribution of Swami Vivekananda through his philosophy of education. Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal gave a report of events organised by the philosophy department to celebrate the Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and other student activities. He also informed students that being a part of this celebration Vivek-Vahini (a mobile-van for Swami Vivekananda’s literature) visit college campus in November and December too. Students can read and purchase literature from there.

In the end of the programme, Dr. Madhu Gosain (Department of Hindi) presented a thanking note. She beautifully presented her words of wisdom. Several faculty members from various departments of the college and students participated in this event and enjoyed the programme peacefully and thoughtfully.

 

Dr. Desh Raj Sirswal

11th October,2013