Report of the 19th WORLD CONGRESS OF International Association of Educators for World Peace

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Report of the 19th WORLD CONGRESS OF International Association of Educators for World Peace

Gokhale Education Society’s SMRK-AK-BK Mahila Mahavidyalaya & HPT-RYK Colleges Host
19th WORLD CONGRESS OF International Association of Educators for World Peace    

 24th-26th October, 2016 

Dr. Seema Bhaduri
Head, Dept. of English
HPT-RYK College, Nashik

‘Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together’. – John A. Morrison

Hon’ble Chairman, ….

I feel honoured and privileged to be delivering the rapporteur’s address at the summation of this international summit of the World Congress on peace Governance and Education held by the GE Society campus together which its two outstanding colleges, SMRK and HPT-RYK colleges.This report, I am proud to mention, incorporates the views of my colleagues in the Department of English, and of my students from TYBA and MA. English.

The 19th World Congress of IAEWP on Peace Education for Good Governance and Non-violence was jointly held during 24-26 October 2016 in Nashik by H.P.T. Arts & R.Y.K. Science College, Nasik Arts & RYK Science College and SMRKBKAK MahilaMahavidyalaya on the multiple memorable occasion of 151st Birth Anniversary of NamdarGopal Krishna Gokhale, G. E. Society’s entry into the 25 months of its centennary celebration, 81st Birthday of Dr. M. S. Gosavi and 71st Foundation Day of the United Nations.

The stately inauguration chaired by Hon. Shri. C. Vidyasagar Rao Governor of Maharashtra. The special guests were Dr. Arun Nigvekar, renowned physicist, visionary educationist, and former Chairman of NAAC, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, renowned nuclear scientist, and former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India.

Dr. M. S. Gosavi, State Chancellor of IAEWP and Secretary of Gokhale Education Society, felicitated all the dignitaries. Dr. M. S. Gosavi Excellence Award was given to Dr. Anil Kakodkar at the hands of Hon. Governor.

Principal Dr. Mrs. DiptiDeshpande, the Co-ordinator and Director of the conference, spoke about the timeliness of this world peace conference and laid out the programme of the conference. Five publications of the G. E. Society and its staff were released at the hands of these dignitaries.

Dr. Anil Kakodkar appreciated the efforts G. E. Society was making in creating peace, Dr. ArunNigvekar touched upon the large divides that split humanity world over and argued about the need of connectivity.

In his inaugural address, Hon. ShriVidyasagarRao praised G. E. Society’s contribution to the socio-economic development, especially in the Adivaasi areas, spoke of NamdarGopal Krishna Gokhale’s exceptional educational vision, the problems facing education in India today, and finally the power of culture in spreading peace.

Principal V. N. Suryawanshi proposed the vote of thanks.

The august proceedings was conducted by means of four main Tracks or sub-themes, each with a special perspective on the main theme of peace education and governance. Each one of these Tracks divided further into two or three technical sessions, each one with its internationally acclaimed Keynote Speaker, Chairperson and co- chairpersons, and a number of participants.

Track 1, “Toward Peace, Tolerance and Value Oriented Living,” conducted on day one, had three sessions.

Session 1, chaired and co-chaired respectively by Dr. ArunNigvekar, renowned physicist, educationist, and former Chairman of the UGC, and Dr. PriyaRanjanTrivedi, renowned environmental scientist and Chancellor of the Global Open University, Nagaland, had Dr. Anil Kakodkar, renowned scientist and former Chairman Atomic Energy Commission of India as speaker. The Keynote address was given by Dr. David Blundell Associate Professor at International Masters Program in Taiwan Studies, College of Social Sciences, NationalChengchi University, Taiwan. Principal V. N. Suryawanshi co-ordinated this very learned and inspiring session.

Dr. Anil Kakodkarinsightfully spelled out the immediate problems before India –i.e. a knowledge era, a process of disruptive change where lessons in co-existence and value based living are essential to fight the grave risks to peace and security coming from the easy digitalization and accessibility of all knowledge. Education, he said, needs to be overhauled to make knowledge, economy and society mutually supportive, observing that there is need to recognize the shape of things to come, and prepare for them. Indian needs and realities like Indian roads, are different from the rest of the world and we must be prepared to address them differently ;

Dr. Nigwekar too spoke of the challenges to India from the digital media. He emphasized that education should involve the search for truth.

Dr. David Blundell spoke of his worldwide adventures as anthropologist, saying how the peoples of Philippines, Sri Lanka and Taiwan, do not know they are ‘poor’, – here were alternate models of happy living where ‘poverty’ is not a curse; Dr. Blundell insisted that Cross-cultural understanding and engagement ’ with grass-roots realities can foster peace.

Dr. PriyaRanjanTrivedi suggested that unemployment could be solved by eco-friendly jobs related to pollution control. He emphasized interfaith education for global peace.

Session 2 was chaired by Dr. PrakashPathak, Secretary of CHME Society, Nashik and co-chaired byDr Vijay Gosavi, Expert and Consultant in International Management, Professor Emeritus-Entrepreneurshipand Business Management, and coordinated by Dr.S.R. Khandelwal.

Dr. Gosavi maintained that peace education should top the agenda of educationists and policy makers, for developing a better future for the youth and later generations.

Hui-Ji-Wang, anthropologist from Taiwan, spoke of raising intercultural understanding through home-stays programmes.

DrShekhar Joshi emphasized that meditation techniques be introduced among youth for self integration inner peace and mind-power. Dr. SeemaBhaduri, spoke on why capitalist forces of globalization need to be tempered by the Vedic spirit of vasudhaivakutumbakam in order to promote peace.Ms. SadhanaDeshmukh, reviewed the philosophy of Buddha, Gandhi and J. Krishnamurty on peace and peace education.

The Posters Exhibition, Eirene, co-ordinated by Dr. Anita Gogate and her group, gave a vivid depiction of the dimensions of peace from the perspective of soldiers, children women and other sections of society, underscored by the views of many peace activists like Mother Teresa. A second section focused on the peace activities of the UNO and the IAEWP.The final section brought out the range of activities conducted in the recent past by GE Society and its two colleges.

SESSION 3

Session 3 chaired by Justice J.A.Aguiar, Former judge, Mumbai Highcourt had for its Keynote speaker Adv. David Joseph, Advocate High court Mumbai. The session was coordinated by Dr. KavitaPatil.

Justice Aguiar, dwelt upon the role of law in maintaining social peace. Adv.David Joseph giving a detailed account of body and history of United Nations, and its role in peace keeping also raised poignant and sharp issues on the functioning of the UNO .

The Cultural programmeUmang 2016 produced under the banner of Davaprabha Production and coordinated by Dr. VrindaBhargave, was a magnetic combine of film and tableau, dance and music, light and colour from which sprung brought alive not only the picturesque backdrop of the unique cultural heritage, famous sites and natural beauty of the Nashik district, but also the vibrant graph of GE Society’s academic evolution, and SMRK MahilaMahavidyalaya’srising contribution to women’s empowerment in society, coming up to the latest star in this galaxy, namelythis IAEWP Congress itself. Snippets of the best of Indian music and dance forms , all trained on the peace, faith, yoga and wellbeing made this evening memorable.

25th October the second day of the Congress, opened with Track II the theme being Peace Education for Non-violence.

The 4 session chaired by Dr. S.P. Kallurkar, Prin. AtharvaColl of Engineering, malad, Mumbai was coordinated by DrSeemaBhaduri.

Dr. S. R. Khandelwal Profs . SapnaMathure, VeenKulkarni, Dr. PrashantNehe and Dr. RajeshreeKapure trained lights on sustainable approach to global peace, students’ and teachers’ opinion on Peace Edn. changing shades of domestic and work-place violence, the linkages   society state and terror, and women’s contribution to the peace process, respectively. Summing up the session, the learned chairperson observed how politics makes a fool of us all saying, Communism is dead. Let us bury Capitalism.

Technical session 5 on Day 2 had Peace Education for Holistic Development of Youth as its theme. Chaired by Atom Physicist and Former Vice-Chancellor Chandigarh University,hon’bleDr, ShankarraoGowarikar co-chaired by renowned economist, chartered accountant and former Principal, BYK College, Dr. VinayakGovilkar this session was coordinated by Mrs. R.A.S.Singh and the key-note address was delivered by none other than Director General and Secretary, GE Society Nashik, Sir Dr. MSG. Referring to the success story of Bill Gates, DrGovilkar observed that the prime objective of education is to help students realize and develop their innate abilities and then employ them in the service of society.

In his keynote address, Sir Dr.M.S.Gosavi gives a virtual manual of what true learning is all about. Calling it a complete synergetic system encompassing multiple subsystems, he dwells on how Indian philosophy laid out the entire process of learning in terms of the 4 distinct stages of an individual’s life – brahmacharya, grihastha, vanaprastha and sannyas, and how the learner personally acquired, under guidance from his Guru, the knowledge of the ultimate truth manifesting itself through the five successive koshas or sheathes of being, proceeding from the external annayamaya to the spiritual anandamayakosha. holistic education helps open the mind, awaken the heart and nurture the spirit. True learning comes through inquisitiveness, perpetual optimism, the desire for professional excellence, and for personal integrity. A person’s intellectual quotient must be supported by a vital emotional and spiritual quotient.To the teacher he advices, vidyarthidevobhava. Our word to you Sir, from this platform – we teachers will follow your lead.

Sir Dr. MSG’s educational manual is syncretic in the best sense of the term; a dialectical spiritualism blends with practical needs – societal transformation through innovation supported by a knowledge driven economy, based on values. His absolutely mind-blowing re-interpretation of that dear acronym, ATM, as ancient heritage, technology and management, caps the crown of disruptive education as in Dr. kakodkar’s excellent terminology.

He places great faith on powers of India, and the Indian Constitution, its agrarian economy, its predominantly young population , its star position in the world as a land of opportunities. A seasoned curriculum designer himself, a visionary humanist, Sir Dr. MSG suggested means to widen patterns of choice in school curricula , the bringing together of heritage technology and management for comprehensive growth of self, society and nation .

Dr. ShankarraoGowarikar emphasized the dismantling of nuclear arsenal in the world, and the harnessing of science and nuclear physics for world peace.

The 6th technical session coordinated by Dr. Pranav Ratnaparkhi , Chaired by Ms. Nina Lynn Meyerhof and co-chaired by Dr Vijay Gosavi dwelt upon the theme, Peace Education and Holistic Development of Youth. four participants, Dr. ShilpaCharankar, Ms. ShilpaHarak, DrBhavanaShetty and Prof. Tanmay Joshi spoke on peace education as strategy for a better tomorrow, creative modes for peace building , importance of sports among youth, and rational emotive education in schools.

Msmeyerhoff’s very bold and pertinent statement – UN is not the real representation of the world, children best represent their own world, brought this Congress as a whole, closer and more pertinent to the bitter, fractured realities of the world today.Exhorted youth to take charge of themselves, and their world, live by their hearts rather than their minds! A very radical, thrilling energizing statement to drink life to the very bottom of the cup, pointing to a brave new world a new horizon of being. her mountainous activism with marginalized children and youth the world over, makes her a legend of peace in a hostile world.

Dr Vijay Gosavi – spoke on the need for behavioural change to resolve conflicts peaceably ,improve tolerance factor in human nature, the holistic personality.

Panel Discussion on Youth Leadership Building Peace Worldwide

Chaired by Justice A. S. Aguiar, Co-Chaired by Dr. S. T. Deshmukhand co-ordinated by Dr. VivekBobadediscussed a host of challenging issues on youth empowerment and responsibility, Cultural tolerance, the futuristic concept of a ‘global village’, peace as a matter of ‘choice’ and whether peace is necessary at all. A lively discussion ensued as The distinguished panelists Dr. Nina Meyerhof,Dr. LajUtreja, Dr. PriyaRanjanTrivedi, Ms. Dame Mabel Katz, and Ms. SandhyaHyolmo candidly agreed to disagree.here was a rare taste of genuine informed engagement with the vexed issues of freedom, peace and governance.The anchors were Dr. SaritaAurangabadkar and Dr. Sanjit.

Session 8: Peace Education for Prosperity

Chaired by Dr. PriyaRanjanTrivedi, Co-chaired by Dr. S. B. Pandit, Co-ordinated by Prof. Ms. Lourdes Paul.

Prof. Dame Mabel Katz’s brilliant thesis is that we were created to succeed, but programmed to fail. Prof Katz highlighted the need to reconnect ourselves for overcoming our divisions by being simple rather than complex individuals.

Dr. LajUtreja dwelt upon the possibility of harmonious civilization. Arguing that global peace is subjective peace, Dr. Utreja remarked that we must give up legalism, religious propaganda, and political rhetoric aside since they create a sense of insecurity.

Dr. DomelSlovania forcefully argued about the need to support the youth.

Dr. S. B. Pandit, calling peace as the mother of prosperity, preferred the ideal of GNH (Gross Natural Happiness) to GDP. For this kind of individual state, he recommended the observance of aparigraha. He said that world peace, progress, and happiness are possible through right governance and education.

Session -9. Ch person – Dr. Nina Meheroff, Co- ch p. –Dr G.T, Panse, Coord – Dr. V. D. Bobade , Speakers – Dr Asha Menon and Dr. Dattatray Harpale. Spoke on teachers role in integrating peace in early childhood curriculum, ; eco –tourism nashik Dr. Nina presented conclusive remarks appreciating the Conf.

Locale – that this congress should be held at Nashik, a province, home through millennia to immortal sages who were a blessing to humanity, to legendary heroes and, proud warriors to great musicians, litterateurs sculptors a region richly endowed with all the diversities and harmonies of nature climate and topography – in short a site emblematic of peace beauty, harmony , but in recent times, marred by certain very disturbing instances of violence.

Indeed GE Society and its two pioneering colleges SMRK and HPR-RYK, are appropriate sites for such a Congressof Peace. Today, GE Society a pioneering academic institution of holistic learning and leadership illustrates the progressive philosophy, of its Secretary n Director Gen, , Sir, Dr. M.S. Gosavi. with its 123 colleges one lakh and 25ooo students 4000 17 colleges and 3 schools, addresses almost all major socio- environmental issues of this region. This campus functions like a university.

SMRK mahilaMahavidyalaya, led by the the dynamic n resourceful Prof DDD, a pioneer women’s college in N Maharashtra , recording an Active participation in int, nat n state level conferences, with publications on women’s issues, nationally acknowledged and globally available online has 8 staff members led by prin Dr.DD, who, have visited universities abroad as experts.

H.P.T. &RYK celebrating its centenary decade at present has been for decades, a recognized launch pad for its many students who have won national and international acclaim as scientists, doctors, entrepreneurs. While the depts of Phy, Chem, Bot, Zoology and Micre have been producing internationally acknowledged research work   handsomely funded by the CSIR and DTS Govt of India the faculty in Electronics, Computer Science and undergraduate MicroB are contributing eminently to national and local concerns such as cyber security, advanced computer applications, organic farming, biodiversity, projects for   Thalessemia and anemia patients .

Takeaway 1. – a set of memories –,the excellent quality management and managerial skills, of DrPrin DD, DrBobade, DrKhandelwalDrKavitaPatil and their dedicated band of colleaguesnon-teaching staff, and students, the intellectual ambience of peaceful cooperation n efficiency, the exhibits and cultural shows, the impeccable light and sound systems, the superb coordination of the sessions.

Takeaway _ On the eve of Diwali and Christmas, this International conference comes to us loaded not only with opening vistas of thought and insight, but with several eminently relevant, eminently desirable concrete gifts. Sir Dr MSG has instituted a prestigious annual award of excellence to a global, value oriented scientist scholar. Besides this we are also to have an advanced center of skills- based value oriented education for the tribals of Palghar, and a forum for a Science and Technology Park to promote Entrepreneurial institutions in and around Nashik. Sir Dr MSG has promised a Univ for peace in Nashik. A shower of choicest gifts and blessings from both MaaSaraswati and MaaLaxmi on this eve of Diwali and the soon to come Christmas.

  1. S. Eliot had asked two questions – where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

These two moot questions of the 20thcentury seem now on their way to finding their answers at this venue of the 19th congress of world peace, as we see the rainbow that will guide us once again from information to wisdom.

William Wordsworth had written about the early years of the French Revolution – when the promise of equality fraternity and liberty rang in the air,

Blessed was it in that dawn to be alive,

But to be young was very Heaven.

A similar feeling of joy and expectation hangs in the air around us now, with all of us here being so very young, and Sir Dr. M.S. Gosavi, the youngest and matures of us all.

Thank you for your patient listening. I am obliged to GE Society and Deepti Deshpande Ma’am for this opportunity.

 

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