Desh Bhagat University organised a Two-day International Seminar on the theme ‘Spiritualism in Education. Over 200 delegates from different states of India and countries like Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Nepal, Yaman, Nigeria, Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Japan, USA & Canada participated in this seminar. While presiding over the valedictory function of the seminar, the Sh. Vimal J. Singh (M.D. Golden Tulip Hotels, Gurgaon) lauded the initiative of the university saying that the seminar focuses our attention on spiritualism which is our most important need today in the context of the fast changing global scenario. Chief Guest of the occasion Dr. D.P. Gupta, IAS, (Ex. Secretary Technical Education, Punjab) said that life without spiritualism will not be worth living at all and we must give it due importance in our life.
The keynote speaker Prof. Arya Kumar (Dean Student Welfare, BITS Pilani) highlighted the importance of spiritualism in education saying that an education system that does not impart moral and spiritual values to the students can’t be called successful. Dr. Meenakshi Malhotra (Dean Student Welfare and Former Head, UBS Punjab University, Chandigarh) grace the function as Guest of Honour.
While welcoming the Chief Guest, Guests of Honour, representatives of industry and delegates, Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University, Dr. Zora Singh emphasized the role of spiritualism in the success of an individual as well as business organizations. Pro Vice Chancellor of Desh Bhagat University, Dr. Shalini Gupta, while explaining the objectives of the seminar, said that Desh Bhagat University has been organizing International conferences/seminars on internationally important themes every year and it was the 7th in the series.
It is worth mentioning that over 150 research papers were received from the scholars belonging to different parts of India and abroad. Many people from the corporate world as well as research scholars from the North East as well as deep South also participated in this seminar. The university has published selected papers in the form of a book titled “Spiritualism in Education” which was released during the inaugural session. The presentation of the papers took place at different venues and every paper was followed by healthy discussions and interactions. A separate industrial conclave was held to sort out issues pertaining to corporate social responsibility and business ethics. Seminar convener Prof Suresh Rattan presented the proceedings of the seminar.
The inaugural session of the seminar was graced among others by Swami Swatrantrananda Saraswati from Swami Swatantrananda Ashram, Rishikesh, Swami Anupamanand Ji Head Ram Krishan Mission, Chandigarh, Delegate from USA, Ms. Mary Fisher, Mr. Izaz Ahmad Azer, a Poet Scholar and Broadcaster from Pakistan, Sh. Dinesh Kumar, (Associate Editor, The Tribune) and Mr. Mathew Radford (International Student Sports and Activities, Lambton College, Canada) and Mr. Neeraj Gupta. University Pro Chancellor Tejinder Kaur, while proposing a vote of thanks expressed pleasure at the overwhelming response the seminar had received from institutes of higher education from India as well as abroad and expressed the hope that it will prove quite useful for the students, faculty members, businessmen and policymakers.