Chandigarh, July 6, 2020: The Department of History and Inter-disciplinary Centre of Swami Vivekananda Studies, Panjab University, Chandigarh organized a Web Lecture of Shri Shankarananda, a prominent academician and the All India Joint Organising Sec-retary of the Bharatiya Shik-shan Mandal (BSM) on the theme of ‘Economics and Cultural Amalgamation: The only way to achieve eco-nomic stability’.
Prof Raj Kumar,Vice Chancellor in his opening remarks applauded the efforts of the Department in organizing a Web Lecture of high academic calibre.
Prof Raj Kumar touched on the relevance of the theme in the light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and how the economy of the country has undergone a major shock.
He remarked that there is a need to steer the economy forward but not at the cost of cultural heritage.
Shankarananda started his-exposition on the theme by asserting that it is erroneous to compartmentalize various branches of education.
This compartmentalisation acts as an impediment in the holistic growth of the mind through education.
Education, as per Indian objectives always aims at the sacred principle that ‘education liberates the mind’.
The intellectual abilities, oratory skills and analytical presentation captured the mind and soul of the audi-ence as the speaker recount-ed how culture and educa-tion can be brought together to create a powerful medium for the modern world. Through many anecdotes, stories and extensive quotes from the ancient sources of wisdom such as Vedas and Shastras, Shankarananda spoke about how the econo-my still is dependent on age-old values and ethics to be able to function and thrive. The speaker also spoke about how it is possible to predict the vagaries of the economic situation using the traditional modes which have been spelt out in the Indian classical Sanskrit treatises.
He highlighted the impor-tance of economy, values of life, culture and dharma, the hallmarks of ancient Indian history and appealed that these should be adopted in consonance and coordina-tion for the economic stabil-ity.
These are useful in the process of our nation build-ing. Our nation, by adhering to them, can lead the whole world in showing the path of ultimate solace and econom-ic stability in the present time especially when the entire globe is coping with the challenge of Covid-19 which has led to global eco-nomic instability.
Earlier, Professor Anju Suri, Chairperson of Depart-ment of History, the Direc-tor of the event apprised the audience of the credentials of the speaker, an Engineer by formal education.
Speaking in chaste Hindi, in which the entire event was organised, Dr Suri delved on various aspects of Indian culture in a nutshell.
Shankarananda is actively engaged in education reforms in India. He believes that Indianisation of education is important to liberate Indian academia from intellectualcolonial dependency of the west.
Prof. Devendra Singh Thakur, Co-ordinator, Ambedkar Centre, Panjab University and Co-ordinator, Bhartiya Shikshan Mandal delivered a Vote of Thanks.