The India Post, Chandigarh, 10th February, 2009 :Philosophy that has attracted a great interest among the border region students of Ferozepur, today knocked the door of Panjab University . The group of more than seventy students from Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur, with their philosophy teacher Ambuj Sharma, actively participated in the one day National Seminar-Cum-Workshop on the theme, “Philosophy and Living Traditions” in the campus.
The Seminar was organized by Department of Philosophy, Panjab University in collaboration with Department of Philosophy, Dev Samaj College for Women, Ferozepur City . Philosophy seems to have gained great popularity at Ferozepur, as the college has a record number of around four hundred students, who are pursuing course in philosophy, at undergraduate level.
In the first session Dr. V. T. Sebastian, Chairman, Department of Philosophy extended a warm welcome to all the participants. He said that “Philosophy is an excellent course for training in reading, writing and analytical skills. He appreciated and shared his views on the history of western philosophy.
Prof. Veena Kapoor and Geeta Manaktala spoke about the nature of ethics and culture. Prof. Geeta said that people usually follow the code of ethics but it is important to know about the development of morality. One has to raise questions like who laid these principles and are these principles homogenous in their character.
In the second session Dr. Sah spoke on the relevance of philosophy and human existence he said that philosophy is a basic field of inquiry. Its range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human experience. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect both the thinking one does and the kind of person one is.
In the third session Sakshi Dawinderpreet, Amandeep and Impinderjeet of Dev Samaj College highlighted the issues of social Philosophy. Amandeep said that “philosophy deals with a wide range of questions and issues generated by various aspects of human experience. By the breadth of its concerns, the study of philosophy provides a unique opportunity for students to examine their beliefs in many areas through critical reflection.” She said that a course on philosophy should be made compulsory in all graduate courses in the country.
In the last session Prof.. Akshaya Kumar of Department of English shared his insights on “Living Tradition” with the participants. His presentation raised important questions and understanding to what do we mean by tradition and how philosophy as a methodology can help in reasoning the human existence. He appreciated the questions of the participants and said that an understanding in philosophy is a must to study literature.