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7th National Conference on Integral Education

Pondicherry, INDIA
7 - 8 January, 2006

Scope and Objectives

Ancient Indian thought meant by knowledge a consciousness which possesses the highest Truth in a direct perception and in self-experience; to become, to be the highest that we know is the sign that we really have the knowledge. Thereby the present teacher centered education and teacher educator centered education should be revamped to make education learner centered and teacher trainee centered through psychological approaches. The Pondicherry Psychology Association is organizing the 7th National conference on Integral Education on 7 – 8 January 2006 at Pondicherry.

We hope that this conference will become a turning point in the development of a new approach to teacher education, which will carry in it the very best of what modern teacher education and psychological approaches have to offer. This conference is not for just paper presenting and discussing the issues, which are already been discussed and unsettled or ongoing. We try to explore innovative ideas and creative psychological approaches to teacher education. The conference will make you to think and work in a purposeful and meaningful direction by applying integral approaches in school and college levels.

Objectives:

  • Exposition of various indigenous schools of thought in Indian education
  • Exposition of existing psychological approaches to Teacher Education
  • Exploring important areas and issues that can make Teacher Education a living force for the future
  • Developing research methodologies for Integral Education
  • Developing Information Technology based Integral Education

To achieve the objectives described above, there will be two plenary sessions and four concurrent technical sessions. Each of these sessions will be devoted to one of the main objectives. The plenary sessions will have invited speakers only.

Submission of papers:

Participants are requested to submit their papers on any of the listed topics. To ensure a consistent high quality of all the presentations, participants will be requested to submit the full text well in advance and not later than 30th December 2005. Abstract and paper should be sent by email or hard copy with CD in MS-Word format only. The selected papers will be notified on 31st December 2005. At the same time their abstracts will be made available to website www.indianpsychology.info so as to enable all the participants of the conference to inform themselves beforehand about the issues of their interest. .No TA/DA will be paid to the participants.

Registration fee:

Members / Research Scholars/Students/ Local Participants - Rs. 500/-, Non members - Rs. 600/-, Accommodation charges - Rs. 200/- (for two days only). Registration fee should be sent in advance by DD in favour of the Pondicherry Psychology Association and payable at Pondicherry. Registration of acknowledged participants is on Saturday, 7 January 2006, between 9.30 and 10.30 am. It will be at the conference venue itself. Please note that there will be no new registrations on the spot.

Venue:

Pondicherry is situated on the Coromandal Coast about 160 kms from Chennai. Every half an hour there are buses from Chennai to Pondicherry; the trip takes 3 hours. The venue for the conference will be notified in the programme.

Boarding and Lodging:

Boarding and Lodging for delegates will be arranged at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Guest houses. The rooms will have double occupancy. You can also make your own arrangement in one of the many hotels in Pondicherry, on the registration form whether you want to make use of the college hostel or not.

Future Perspectives:

The afternoon of second day of the conference will be devoted to a reporting session in which the important ideas that transpired during the conference will be highlighted. It should bring the depth and relevance of integral education into focus and find ways to make it an essential part of teacher education and research.

A REPORT AND PROCEEDINGS

The integral education of a human being should begin at birth and continue throughout life. Education to be complete must have five principal aspects corresponding to the five principal activities of the human being; the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. Usually, these phases of education follow chronologically the growth of the individual; this, however, does not mean that one of them should replace another, but that all must continue, completing one another until the end of life.

Ancient Indian thought meant by knowledge a consciousness which possesses the highest Truth in a direct perception and in self-experience; to become, to be the highest that we know is the sign that really have the knowledge. Thereby the present teacher centered education and teacher educator centered education should be revamped to make education learner centered and teacher trainee centered through psychological approaches. The Pondicherry Psychology Association organised the 7th National conference on Integral Education on 7th and 8th January, 2006 at Hotel Mass, Pondicherry. This conference proceeding will become a turning point in the development of a new approach to teacher education, which will carry in it the very best of what modern teacher education and psychological approaches have to offer. This conference was not for just paper presenting and discussing the issues, which are already been discussed and unsettled or ongoing. The team experts tried their level best to explore innovative ideas and creative psychological approaches to teacher education. The major objectives were

  • Exposition of various indigenous schools of thought in Indian education
  • Exposition of existing psychological approaches to Teacher Education
  • Exploring important areas and issues that can make Teacher Education a living force for the future
  • Developing research methodologies for Integral Education
  • Developing Information Technology based Integral Education

To achieve the objectives described above, there were three plenary sessions and six concurrent technical sessions. This conference proposed to study the five aspects of education one by one and also their interrelationships.. Sri Aurobindo speaks of three principles of teaching, and they all need to be fully implemented in the practice of integral education. Sri Aurobindo states: "The first principle of true teaching is that nothing can be taught. The teacher is not an instructor or task master; he is a helper and a guide. His business is to suggest and not to impose. … The second principle is that the mind has to be consulted in its own growth. The idea of hammering the child into the shape desired by the parent or teacher is a barbarous and ignorant superstition. It is he himself who must be induced to expand in accordance with his own nature. … The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use. … The third principle of education is to work from the near to the far, from that which is to that which shall be. … A free and natural growth is the condition of genuine development. …"

In the words of Sri Aurobindo:" Spirituality is in its essence an awakening to the inner reality of our being, to a spirit, self, soul which is other than our mind, life and body, an inner aspiration to know, to feel, to be that, to enter into contact with the greater Reality beyond and pervading the universe which inhabits also our own being, to be in communion with It and union with I and a turning, a conversion, a transformation of our whole being as a result of the aspiration, the contact, the union, a growth or waking into a new becoming or new being, a new self, a new nature."

Prof. P. Venkataramaiah, Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education, Bangalore inaugurated the conference and delivered a thought provoking inaugural address(see page 193). Prof. A.Gnanam, Former Chairman of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore presided Prof. Ratna Natarajan, Former Additional Director of NSS and Students welfare, Pondicherry University received the Best Teacher Award and Mr. J.Arawindhan, Chairman, Achariya College of Education received the Best Educationist Award.. Key note address was delivered by Justice Dr. David Annoussamy, Former Judge, High court of Madras, Chennai. Rev. Fr. A.J. Lawrence, Principal, St. Joseph's College of Arts and Science, Cuddalore felicitated. Prof. Mamota Das welcomed the dignitaries and delegates. Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Organising Secretary presented the scope and objectives of the conference. Dr. V. Muthu proposed a vote of thanks.

At 12.00 noon the Plenary Session I was held on the theme: Application of Integral Psychology in Teacher Education Curriculum Prof Kittu Reddy of Sri Aurobindo Ashram delivered a special lecture(see a brief note on Integral Education in page 196). Dr. K. Makudamudi, Chairman, Dr.R.K.Shanmugam college of Arts and Science, Kallakurichi presided.

Scientific Session I on Integral Education and its relevance to Teacher Education was Chaired by Prof. P. Subramnaian, Principal, Dr.R.K.Shanmugam College of Arts and Science, Kallakurichi and. Co-Chaired by Dr. S. Ravikumar, Principal, Achariya College of Education, Villianur. Prof. Ratna Natarjan presented the theme address. Scientific Session II on Integral Education and Teacnical Education was Chaired by Dr. A.M. Sekar, Principal, Paulson College of Education, Pulichapallam and Co-chaired by Dr. V.Muthu, Chairman, King Nandhivarman College of Arts and Sciences, Thellar. Prof. D. Brahadeeswaran presented the theme addressAfter tea break the Scientific Session – III and IV on Integral Yoga in Teacher Education and Integral Approaches in School Education was Chaired by Prof. D. Sambandam and Co-chaired by Dr.R. Saravanaselvam. Prof. Prema Sehkara and Dr.S.B. Mohanti presented the theme address.

On Sunday, 8th January, 2006 at 10.00 am Plenary Session II on Integral Approaches in Teacher Education was held. Professor B. Viswanathan, Former Prof. and Head, Department of Psychology, Annamalai University chaired the session and Dr. Imtiyaaz co-chaired Dr. Soumitra Basu, Kolkata presented the theme address. After tea break the Scientific Session – V Models of Integral Education was Chaired by Dr. V. Natarajan and Co-chaired by Dr. Meena Hariharan, Hyderabad.The scientific Session - VI was chaired by Dr. R. Seshadri Naidu, Tirupati and Co-chaired by Dr. Y.N. Sridhar, Mysore. In total 26 papers were presented. Plenary Session III on Integral Education for Western Society was chaired by Dr.Anandha Balayogi Bhavanani Chairman, and cochaired by Shri Abdul Majeed. Yoganjali Natyalayam, Pondicherry and Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani presented a thought provoking demonstrative theme address.

Valedictory session was held under the chairmanship of Prof. Mamota Das, Former Minister for Education Mr.K. Lakshminrayanan MLA presented Best Educationist Award to Prof. R.Seshadri Naidu, Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati; and Best Psychologist Award to Prof Jitendra Mohan, Former Professor of Psychology, Punjab University, Chandigarh (in absentia). Former Vice Chancellor of the Pondicherry University Prof. V.T. Patil delivered a special address on Indian civilisation and Integral Education and Shri Mavai So. Senathirajah, MP of Sri Lanka delivered a special address with special reference to Sri Lanka's education system and Integral Education. Prof. K. Rajendran, Prof and Head, Department of Psychology, Annamalai University delivered valedictory address. Rev. Fr. A.S. Antonisamy, Chairman, Centre for Universal Ethics, Pondicherry felicitated. Dr. Anandha Balayogi Bhavanani presented the recommendations of the conference. Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Organising Secretary presented the report of the conference. Dr. Soumitra Basu, Kolkata, and Dr. P. Subramanian presented the views regarding the conference. Mr. V. Kishore Kumar, Secretary of the Pondicherry Psychology Association welcomed and Mr S. Suresh, Treasurer of PPA proposed vote of thanks.

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