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Attempt to understand social divisions at Philosophy Teachers' Meet

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  1 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

From our Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, March 31: The two-day Philosophy Teachers’ Meet, organized by the Centre for Studies in Philosophy, Dibrugarh University (DU) in collaboration with Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi, at DU concluded successfully recently. The main theme of the meet was ‘Social Divisions and the Contribution of Philosophy to Their Understanding’ which emphasised upon the philosophical bearing of the social sciences perspective on divisions such as community, class, caste, tribe, culture and others.

Iugurating the two-day meet, Vice Chancellor Dr. Alak Kumar Buragohain termed philosophy as the basis of all other subjects.

Prof. Sharad Deshpande, former Head of the Department of Philosophy, Pune University and Tagore Fellow, Indian Institute of Advance Studies, Shimla, in his key note address, said that the underlying assumption of the theme of the Philosophy Teachers’ Meet had contributed to the understanding of social divisions. He stressed that the teachers of philosophy should engage with social divisions existing in the society and reflect on them.

Fellow of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla and Faculty IIT Mumbai, Dr. Pravesh Jung, Professor of the Department of Political Science, MS University, Baroda, Dr. L. Chatani, Prof of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IISER, Mohali, SK Arun Murthi, Professor of the Department of Philosophy, Gauhati University, S Goswami and Dr SK Lahiri from the Department of Applied Geology, DU guided the discussion as resource persons.

An interactive session amongst the participants was also held which was chaired by the former Principal and Head of the Department of Philosophy, DHSK College, Dr. Rajee Konwar.

About 29 teachers of Philosophy from various colleges of the entire State and faculty members with students from various departments of the university actively participated in the programme.

ICPR, New Delhi has also organized Philosophy Teachers’ Meet over the years in different parts of the country to eble Teachers of Philosophy to come to gather and exchange ideas on problems of Philosophy teaching and research in different institutions of higher learning in India.

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