Vedas present a 10,000 years of continuous intellectual
tradition and a virtual goldmine of research material
for serious scholars of Indic tradition. In today's context
where 'modern' scientific research seems have hit a dead
end, Vedas need a comprehensive relook and packaging
in the contemporary lingo for larger benefit. The younger
generation today needs Vedas much more now than it did
earlier. How is the relevance of something we consider good
to be established for a sceptical new world is the big question
ancient civilizations like India have to answer. Since the
new world takes pride in scepticism, argumentation, science
and technology, we may perhaps think of offering Veda in
a new platter to our younger generation. It is this idea that
the organizers of the International Veda Conference agreed
to take up as a challenge.
A Summary of the Conference
The International Veda Conference IVC-2016 was
organized at the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in collaboration
Central Institute of Indian languages, Mysore during 15-18
Dec. 2016 under the chairmanship of Prof. Girish Nath Jha,
Chairperson of then host centre. The event had a huge response
in terms of submission of full papers out of which we selected
a few for presentation in the conference and publication in the
post-conference proceedings. The inaugural session was held
in the auditorium II, Convention Centre, JNU. The session
was started with the Vedic Mangalacarana & Lighting of
Lamp and welcome speech & conference theme by Prof.
Girish Nath Jha. The inaugural address was presented by
Prof. Joydeep Bagchee, Freie University Berlin, Germany. The
inaugural keynote speaker Prof. Vishwa Adluri, Professor 4
Religion at Hunter College, New York, USA delivered the
lecture on the Indian Vedic traditions and its important
to the global world. Guest of Honor of the conference D
Krishnamurthi Ramasubramanian, Dept. of Humanities
and Social Sciences, IIT Mumbai, presented the scientific
perspective of the Veda. Presidential remark was given 1
Prof. Satish Chandra Garkoti, Rector-II, JNU and the vote
thanks was given by Prof. Shashiprabha Kumar, JNU.
There was a key plenary talk by Prof. Om Prakash Pande
(former Scientist NASA) immediately after the inaugural
session. The evening session had four plenary speakers - Pre
Shashiprabha Kumar GNU), Prof. S. R. Bhatt (Chairperson
ICPR), Prof. Piyushkant Dixit (VC. Uttarakhand Sanskrit
University) and Dr. Ellora Sen (National Brain Research
The first day had two parallel sessions. First session
was on "scientific aspects of vedic knowledge" in whic
the plenary talk was delivered by Prof. Shankar ji Jha
Chairperson, Punjab University, Punjab and chaired by Pre
Ramnath Jha, JNU The session had four presentations -
"Understanding Consciousness In Yoga Darsana & Model
Science" by Dr. Anita Swami; "Significance of the Yajurvec
in Mathematical Study: Modern Perspective" by Dr. Day
S. Tiwary; "Speed of Expansion of the Universe" by M
Parameswaran Murthiyedath. The session was coordinate
by Dr. Sushma Kumari, JNU.
The parallel session was based on the theme "Veda an
Interfaith Dialogue". The plenary talk was presented by D
R. N. Sharma, Dept. of Sanskrit, Guwahati University, Assai
and the participants were Mr. Vedanshu; Dr. Ramnarayan
Shastri; Dr. Madhvi Sharma; Mr. Krishnan Sugavanam and
the session was chair by Dr. Archana Bhatia, Dean and HoD
Commerce Dept., DAV Centenary College, Faridabad. The
session coordinator was Dr. Ramanuj Upadhyay, SLBRSV.
The day closed with a cultural event "Bhajan Sandhya"
coordinated by Prof. Sudhir Kumar Arya, JNU.
Day 2 started with Veda Chanting (Gurukul Paddhati)
& Vedic Shiksha Sastra. Swami Pranavananda Saraswati,
Acharya, Gurukul Gautam Nagar, New Delhi gave the
blessings to the vedic scholars and the keynote speaker was
Dr. Varun Veer, Yoga Expert, New Delhi in distinguished
presence of Dr. H.P. Upadhyaya, Acharya, Gurkul Tatesar
(Haryana) with Dr. Annapurana, Acharya, Kanya Gurukul
Dronasthali, Dehradun (Uttarakhand) as Guest of Honour.
The session was chaired by Dr. Anand Kumar, New Delhi
and coordinated by Prof. Sudhir Kumar Arya. The next
session was Vedic Shiksha Satra and keynote speaker was
Dr. Jayendra, Acharya, Arsha Gurkul, Noida (UP). Plenary
talk was delivered by Brigadier Chitranjan Naresh Saw ant,
VSM (Retd) in the distinguished presence of Dr. Suniti
Arya, Grukul Narela, Delhi. The guest of honour was Dr.
Priyamvada, Acharya, Kanya Gurukul, Najibabad (UP). The
session was Chaired by Dr. Rama, Principal, Hansraj College,
University of Delhi. The session was coordinated by Prof.
Shashiprabha Kumar, JNU.
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