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 Invitation to an International conference

Values Embedded in Indian Philosophy

Varanasi, India                               January 10-12, 2013




Banaras Hindu University





In the present era of value crisis caused by a conflict between the ancient values and the post modernistic rush for material enjoyment, we think of organizing the conference on Values for thorough deliberation of its pros and coins and for coming out with an agreeable solution that may be welcomed as a culmination of the two and may work as a solution to the post modernistic crisis as well.  Values occupy utmost importance in life and society; they play a vital role in the making of a life human. An atheist can deny the existence of God but cannot deny the role of values he learns since his birth first from his parents and later by society and other sources that have been major in transforming him in to a human being and then understanding the laws of nature properly in a reflective way. The discussion in the conference will be centralized to make points of human values relevant against disguised purposes prevailing in corporate ideology. 


For Indian sastras, life is an obligation. Had there been no occasion to payoff the debts one owes by birth, no life could be human .There is birth because there are debts (ŗņa) it borrows from the earlier life to payoff. Indians believe in three kinds of debts to pay out – (i) to seers, sages and teachers (ŗşiŗņa), (ii) to fellow beings and deities (devaŗņa) and (iii) to manes (pitŗŗņa). Tattirīya samhitā 6/3/10/5 says that by practicing celibacy, by performing sacrifices, and by begetting a son respectively, one pays off those debts ).  According to a view, the debts are not three but five but according to Brāhmaņa- texts they are three only because the bhūtaŗņa is included in devaŗņa and nŗŗņa is included in pitŗŗņa. These five are discussed in coming paragraphs in connection with five sorts of yajnas.  In brief, paying off those debts forms religious, social, socio-ethical and cultural practices of life of man reasonable, lively, and interesting. The philosophy lying behind it is that if all of them are healthy and balanced, the life will be peaceful and peace will be blissful. Thus, our utmost effort is to insure their health and to protect the balance. 


For incorporating the changing faces of values for a better present living, a living in consonance with the respect of the ancient and reception of the new and thus fulfilling the gap between the two, Ancient Philosophy of values requires to be viewed in the transition of it in recent time.


Apart from the following topics for deliberation in the conference scholars may select any of the topics of their choice.



i.     Classical Values and the modern value-crisis

ii.    Myth of the Puruşārthasas

iii.   Concept of Values in Indian classical philosophy

iv.    Post modernity and the relevance of ancient values.

v.     Religio-ethical values.

vi.    Values in Higher Education.

vii.   Socio-political values.

viii.  Concepts of Ŗta & Sat

ix.    Role of three debts (ŗṇatraya) in Indian life.

x.      Values and Social obligation

xi.    Individual & social values.


Last Dates:

Deadline for the abstract – November 30, 2012

Paper submission- December 20, 2012  


Travel and Accomodation:

Participants will have to bear the cost of their travel, fooding and lodging charges. The organizers will arrange their accommodation during conference in the university guest houses or in the guest houses near to university on their demand. They may contact for this the following persons.

1. Dr. Jayant Upadhayay (09415618968  drjayantupadhay@rediffmail.com)

2. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Gaur (09450534834  gaurskphil@rediffmail.com)

3. Email Address: philosophybhu@rediffmail.com



Organizing Committee:

Chief Patron: Padamshri Dr. Lalji Singh, Vice-Chancellor, B.H.U.

Chairman: Professor M.N. Rai, Dean, Faculty of Arts, B.H.U.

Convener: Professor D. N. Tiwari (dntphil@rediffmail.com)

Organizing Secretaries: Prof. A. K. Rai (arvindkr@bhu.ac.in) & Dr. Ananda Mishra (anandaphil@gmail.com)


Advisory Committee:

1.  Dr. U.C. Dubey (Professor)

2. Dr. D.A. Gangadhar (Professor)

3. Dr. S. Vijaya Kumar (Professor)

4. Dr. A.K. Rai  (Professor)

5. Dr. S.P. Pandey (Professor)

6. Dr. Kripa Shankar (Professor)

7. Dr. D.B. Chaube (Professor)

8. Dr. Mukul Raj Mehta (Research scientist ‘C’)

9. Dr. Urmila Chaturvedi (Professor (MMV))


Working Committee:

1.  Dr. Sachchidanand Mishra (Associate Professor)

2. Dr. R. K. Jha (Associate Professor)

3. Dr. Abhimanyu Singh (Associate Professor)

4. Dr. Jyotsana Srivastava (Associate Professor)

5. Dr. D. Chaudhary (Assistant Professor)

6. Dr. S.C. Dubey (Assistant Professor)

7. Dr. Grace Darling (Assistant Professor)

8. Dr. P.K. Bagde (Assistant Professor)

9. Dr. Jai Singh (Assistant Professor (MMV))


Managing Committee:

1.  Dr. V.K. Mishra  

2. Shri N.C. Pandey

3. Dr. S.K. Gaur

4. Dr. Jayant Upadhayay                             

5. Dr. Bhupendra Shukla

6. Dr. Deepak Ranjan

7.  Shri Rajiv Kumar Singh

8.  Shri Surya Prakash Pandey



Banaras Hindu University is an internationally reputed temple of learning, situated in the holy city of Varanasi. This Creative and innovative university was founded by the great nationalist leader, Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, in 1916 with the cooperation of great personalities like Dr Annie Besant, who viewed it as the University of India. Banaras Hindu University ranks among the first few in the country in the field of academic and research output. This university has two campuses, 3 institutes, 16 faculties, 140 departments, 4 advanced centers and 4 interdisciplinary schools. The University is making its mark at the national and international levels in a number of frontier areas of Science, Social Science, Technology, Medicine and Agriculture etc. The University family consists of about 15000 students belonging to all streams of life, castes and religions and races, about 1700 teachers, and nearly 8000 non-teaching staff. A large number of students from foreign countries like the U.S.A, the countries of Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa etc., come to study here. The university has taken a leadership role in promoting new ideas, the spirit of integration of the world, and cultivation of intellect and culture. Banaras Hindu University is virtually a universe in microcosm.


It was in the year 1898 that the Central Hindu College was established in Varanasi by Dr. Annie Besant to whose sacred memory India owes an eternal debt of gratitude for her manifold and inestimable service in almost every sphere of life.


 The Department of Philosophy started functioning in the Central Hindu College soon after its establishment. Professor Ambika Charan Ukil was the first Professor of Philosophy & Logic. He joined the College in the year 1904 and left after a couple of years. Professor Phani Bhusan Adhikari succeeded him.  The Central Hindu College was shifted from its building at Kamachha to the University campus on the completion of its new building in the year 1921. The Department of Philosophy started holding its classes in this new building from August 1921.


The Department of Philosophy and Religion is one of the few Departments which started functioning since the establishment. Stalwart like Professor P.B. Adhikari, Prof. B.L. Atreya, Prof. S. Radhakrishnan. Prof. S.K. Maitra, Prof. T.R.V. Murti, Prof. N.K. Devaraja, Prof. J.L. Mehta were associated with this Department. The Department presently has 16 faculties, 7 Non-teaching staff, more than 65 research scholars, 225 P.G. students and 700 U.G. students. Presently Prof. Devendra Nath Tiwari is heading the Department.   


The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers two separate post-graduate courses in (i) Philosophy (ii) Indian Philosophy and Religion. The Department also runs one year advance Diploma course in Indian Philosophy and Religion which is very popular among foreign students. The reputed scholars from various parts of the world are constantly visiting the Department of Philosophy and Religion. The Department focuses on different schools of Indian Philosophy, Indian religion, Comparative religion and Comparative philosophy. Some of the important research projects in this Department have been undertaken in the fields of Advaita Vedānta, Buddhism, Śaivism, and other schools of Indian Philosophy. Scholars have also been working on Analytic Philosophy, Existentialism, Phenomenology, Philosophy of Language and Religion. It also aims at an intensive study and reinterpretation of classical Indian Philosophical Texts, so that a new impetus and direction can be given to philosophical thinking. It also aims at preparing authoritative source books, pertaining to schools of Indian Philosophy in order to provide a firsthand knowledge. It also proposes to translate the original texts into Hindi and English. One of the main objectives of the Department is to develop greater understanding of Philosophy, Religion and Value-consciousness among scholars, students and the masses. The organizers believe that this International Conference will help in sustaining the Value-consciousness in the post modern era.





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