Address

World Peace Dome

VishwaRaj baug, Loni Kalbhor, Solapur Highway, Near Bharat Petrol Pump , Loni Kalbhor Railway station, Pune - 412201

Maharashtra​

www.worldpeacedome.org

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SESSION EXCERPTS
SESSION I - 2 OCT 2019
Need to promote “Value Based Universal Education System” based on the appropriate understanding of the Role of Science and Spirituality

Dr Chandrakant Pandav

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The speaker started by thanking Rev Prof Dr Vishwanath Karad for providing him the opportunity to moderate this session. He then went on to speak about his association with MAEER’S group and how he has seen changes being ushered in his own capacity. He spoke of his own experiences in imparting a value based education system and highlighted how MAEER’S is already doing so in all the universities and colleges that it runs.

Swami Yogi Amarnath

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The learned yogi spoke about the two pillars of Indian culture namely, sacrifice and service. These two cannot be inculcated without character building which can only be induced in an individual by imparting culture. This requirement is becoming critical in the modern age as everyone is finding a million avenues to distract themselves. He stresses that the reduction in the attention span is something which must be combated. He laments the fact that whenever anyone tries to build character in our education system, it is often decried as the intrusion of religion, something which is untrue. He prays for the reversal of this trend through the implementation of a universal syllabus which teaches students about ethics and morality for the entirety of their educational career.

Dr Mohammad Faheem

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The speaker stated that though India may be the land where Buddha was born, he works and lives in a country where the message of Buddha is practiced, Thailand. He believes that his education in Hindu missionary school imbued in him discipline as well as a strong moral and ethical core. Since Thailand imparts a value based education to all its students, its people are accommodating, polite and very ethical. You get the full value for the services you paid for, something that can only happen because of the strong value based education Thai people receive. He wishes for the same to occur in India and that a few classes can completely change the national character of this beloved nation.

Dr Scott Herriot

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The doctor started by questioning what actually is the universe, the mind, science and religion. He states that particular passages in the Vedas can be construed as to the defence and for science itself. This is based on the very definition of ‘Vigyaan’ which is very similar to how the observation and hypothesis of modern science works. He further states that all that is before us is levels of consciousness, something for which he finds support in the ancient teachings of Indian sages as well as modern quantum physicists. Thus a complete education system can only be so if it is ready to prepare the student to receive an elevated level of consciousness, for the purpose of enlightenment, something which the speaker believes can only be possible after the inclusion of a value based education system within the existing education systems present.

Dr Ramdevan V Krishnaswamy

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The speaker started by asking the audience the question that whether everything seems fine with our collective ethos and values. He goes on to explain the difference between learning and education. The knowledge of how to behave and conduct oneself within a society is sadly not imparted due to there not being a value based universal education system. This makes the education imparted incomplete and does not provided the intended effects of education itself. He states that there is a real divide between science and spirituality. Science deals only with matter, but not with the mind. Therefore, to ponder on the questions of the mind we have birthed religion and spirituality. These can be imparted to students only if there is a universal value based education system.

Shri Puneet K Narula

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The learned speaker started by stating that he is involved in education and was with the Indian Navy before that. This gives him a unique perspective with regards to the session he is speaking on. The Indian military inculcated in the speaker a very strong ethical and moral core, mirroring a value based education. This has had a very positive impact on the speaker’s life as well as his business. The speaker stated that if MIT is going to start offering courses teaching peace, yoga and a value based education then even he might join a course or two.

Dr Avinash Supe

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The speaker started by stating that the greatest issue facing us in the digital age is the lack of empathy and intuition and an over reliance on thinking that we know everything. The speaker states that this is particularly harmful in the medical community where doctors are treating their patients not as humans, but as subjects. He believes that this all is because there is no value based education which is imparted to the youth, and in this age of high information, a value based education is essential for the good working of the human mind, and by extension, to humanity

Dr Arun Jamkar

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The speaker starts by explaining the learning process itself. He proposes the multiple ways in which a child and then an adult process data and information by which they become educated. Similarly, communities and religions also learn from the collective knowledge that is explained and expanded through centuries. The only way for this information to be properly disseminated to an individual today is by a value based education system since today individuals belong not only to themselves, but also to nations, political ideologies and religions as well.

Dr Vijay P Bhatkar

Wednesday

11:30 am - 01:30 pm

The speaker flatly states that whatever knowledge is being imparted today is akin to half knowledge due to the curriculum ignoring the spiritual and religious aspect of education, without which the application of a science based education, is not optimally applied. To rectify this, there is a need to impart a balanced, holistic value based education, something he believes the MAEER’s group is already doing due to their emphasis on peace learning, yoga, etc.