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8th National Conference on Indian Psychology and Integral Teaching

Indian Academy of Applied Psychology
and
Pondicherry Psychology Association
6 - 7 January, 2007

Teaching is an art as well as science. Integral teaching is an emerging area in the field of psychology and education so as to cater to the needs of the aspiring teachers. 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 Indian psychological approaches and integral teaching. The Indian Academy of Applied Psychology and Pondicherry Psychology Association are jointly organising the 8th National Conference on Indian Psychology and Integral Teaching on 6-7 January, 2007 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 through integral teaching. 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 Psychology and integral teaching
  • Exposition of existing Indian psychological approaches
  • Exploring important areas and issues that can make Indian Psychology as a living force for the future
  • Developing Indian Psychology based curriculum for Teacher Education
  • Developing research methodologies for Indian Psychology and integral teaching

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 November, 2006. Abstract and paper should be sent by email ( panchramalingam@gmail.com ) or hard copy with CD in MS-Word format only. The selected papers will be notified on 15th December, 2006. 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. 600/-, Non members - Rs. 800/-. Registration fee should be sent in advance by DD in favour of the Pondicherry Psychology Association and payable at Pondicherry. 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 - 4 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 teaching into focus and find ways to make it an essential part of teacher education and research.

Advisory Committee:

Prof. A. Gnanam (Chief Patron)
Prof. K.V. Kaliappan (Patron)
Prof. Sultan Akthar
Prof. G.P. Thakur
Prof. Mamota Das (Advisors)

Organising Committee:

Shri. J. Arawindhan (Chairman)
Dr. P. Subramanian (Vice-Chairman)
Dr. Panch. Ramalingam (Secretary)
Shri V. Kishore Kumar
Dr. T. Ravikumar
Dr. S. Renukadevi (Joint Secretaries)
Shri. S. Suresh (Treasurer)

Address for Correspondence

Dr. Panch. Ramalingam,
17, 14th Street, Krishna Nagar,
Pondicherry - 605 008.
Mobile:94433 52476
Email : panchramalingam@gmail.com
Website : www.indianpsychology.net

A Report and Proceedings of the 8th National Conference on Indian Psychology and Integral Teaching

Indian Academy of Applied Psychology
and
Pondicherry Psychology Association
6 - 7 January, 2007

Indian Psychology is Indian rich academic treasure. Psychology is intertwined with philosophy. In our country knowingly or unknowingly teachers are applying Indian psychological principles in teaching. The integral education of a human being should begin at birth and continue throughout his 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 his life.

The Indian Academy of Applied Psychology and Pondicherry Psychology Association were jointly organised the 8th National conference on Indian Psychology and Integral Teaching on 6-7 January, 2007 at Achariya College of Education, Pondicherry. This conference proceeding will become a turning point in the development of a new approaches to teacher education, which will carry in it the very best of what modern teacher education and Indian psychological approaches have to offer.

The major objectives were

  • Exposition of various indigenous schools of thought in Indian Psychology and integral teaching
  • Exposition of existing Indian psychological approaches
  • Exploring important areas and issues that can make Indian Psychology as a living force for the future
  • Developing Indian Psychology based curriculum for Teacher Education
  • Developing research methodologies for Indian Psychology and integral teaching

o 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."

Inaugural Session

Prof. A. Gnanam, Former Chairman of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council, Bangalore presided. Prof. B.G. Barki, Director, National Institute of Technical Teachers training and Research, Chennai delivered keynote address. Justice Dr. David Annoussamy, Former Judge, High court of Madras, Chennai has inaugurated the conference and conferred Best Psychologist Award on Prof. S.K. Dasgupta, Kolkata, Best Educationist Award on Prof. I.S. Sharma, Ghaziabad and Dr. V. Muthu, Puducherry, Prof. A. Gnanam Best Teacher Award on Prof. N. Balasubramanian, Coimbatore, Best Teacher Award (Instituted by Prof Mamota Das) on Dr. Saroj Aurora, Meerut, Best Book Awards to (Arjuna's Depression: A cognitive Analysis) Dr. Ashok Kumar Saxena, Gorakhpur University, Gorakhpur, and (Prospects in Mental Health) to Dr. Mahesh Bhargava and Dr. Reeta Raina, Agra Prof. B. Mukhopadyay, Prof and Head, Dept of Educational Management and Applied Psychology, National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Chennai release the conference souvenir. Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Organising Secretary presented the scope and objectives of the conference Mr. J. Arawindhan, Chairman, Achariya College of Education welcomed

Special Session I: At 12.00 noon the Session was held on the theme: on Professional development of Teacher Educators Prof. Mamota Das, Director, UGC-Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University delivered the theme lecture. Prof N. Balasubramanian, Dean, Faculty of Education, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore presided.

Scientific Session I on Psychology and its relevance to education was Chaired by Dr. V. Natarajan, former Registrar, Pondicherry University. Dr. Geetha Appachui, Mrs. Mythili snd Mr T. Arun presented the research papers. Scientific Session II on Integral Approaches in Teaching was Chaired by Dr. P. Subramanian, Former 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. K. Srinivas, Prof and Head, Department of Philosophy, Pondicherry University presented the theme address. Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Dr. T. Ravikumar, Mr.S. Rjasekar and Prof N. Balasubramanian presented research papers

After tea break second special session on Psychological experiments and testing for B.Ed/ DTEd students was conducted by Dr. Panch. Ramalingam On Sunday, 7th January, 2007 at 10.00 am third special session on self development for B.Ed/DTEd students was held. Prof. I.S. Sharma, Ghaziabad presented theme address. After tea break the Scientific Session – III on Integral approaches in technical education was Chaired Shri B. Dhandapani, Chairman, Senthil college of education, Pondicherry Dr. B. Mukhopdhyay, Dr. D. Brahadeeswaran and Mr. S.Samivel presented their research papers.

Scientific Session – IV on Integral approaches in spiritual education was chaired by Dr. V. Natarajan. Dr. N. Annalakshmi, Mr. R. Diane Joseph and Dr. P. Subramanian presented their research papers. In total 268 delegates (including student delegates) from Union Territory of Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Utter Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar attended the conference and 16 research papers have been presented.

Valedictory Session

Valedictory session was held under the chairmanship of Prof. B. Mukhopadhyay, Prof and Head, Department of Educational Management and Applied Psychology, National Institute of Technical Teachers' Training and Research, Chennai Prof. S.K. Dasgupta, Professor of Psychology, Calcutta University, Kolkata distributed best paper awards (instituted by Prof B. Viswanathan) to Prof D. Brahadeeswaran, NITTTR, Chennai, Dr. N. Annalakshmi, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore and Dr. Geetha Appachu, Christ College, Bangalore and delivered valedictory address. Dr. Soumitra Basu, Kolkata delivered a special address. Dr. V. Muthu, Chairman, Paaventhar Teacher Training institute, Pondicherry felicitated. Dr. Panch. Ramalingam, Organising Secretary presented the report of the conference. Dr. T. Ravikumar, Principal, Achariya College of education, Pondicherry proposed vote of thanks.

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