Friday, September 30, 2011

INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR on Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony (11-13 Feb 2012)


Recently world has seen nuclear catastrophe during Tsunami in Japan, political Tsunami in Middle East and Africa; racial & ethnic conflicts in Sri Lanka, east Asia and middle-east; terrorist and fundamentalist attacks in India, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries as well as Maoist Violence in south Asia. This shows the expression of intolerance, manifestations of racial and ethnic hatred, the perpetuation of violence, terrorism and wars with discrimination, inequality and the growing disparities between the rich and the poor. If civilizations aren't tuned to the reality of human existence, they conserve the worst of human behavior and free themselves from any responsibility of co-existential relations. Eventually, they become corrupt and self-destructing. All civilizations that misalign reality with bad decisions, wrong education, moronic people and parasitic leaders, first destroy their surrounding and finally destroy themselves. Teachings and practices of Peace and Harmony are always relevant and significant for ensuring mutual cooperation, fundamental freedom, peace, humane conduct and co-existence. 

The educated human being is then a fundamental unit of analysis for the study of mankind, existence and its order for purposeful ends. People found advantages in participating and cooperating with order of nature and society to achieve peace and harmony. Across the world, as well as in the Asian counties peace, values, morals, character and ethical education are gaining popularity, as nation-states, international organizations, global corporations and civil society organizations increasingly recognize the importance of such education. In the changing global scenario the main aim of teacher education will be to help people to develop themselves as global and local responsible citizens who shall make with conscientious efforts for building a humane world with peace and harmony. The focus of teacher education would be the values of peace and harmony, based on the human mindset, human rights, mutual respect, mutual trust, cooperation and respect for life, social justice, open-mindedness and co-existence. Keeping this in view it is necessary to reorient and restructure the teacher education programme to include education for peace and harmony. Teacher education for peace and harmony intertwine with the concept of peace, which in turn is intrinsically linked to the understanding of global world orders and commonalities of socio-political-economic and legal systems. Content of teacher education curricula and teaching methodologies for moral, ethical, value, peace and harmony education for the development of human values need to be designed and strengthened. The urgency and necessity of such education was recognized by the member states of UNESCO in 1974 and reaffirmed in the Integrated framework of action on education for peace, human rights, and democracy in 1994. UNESCO is committed to promote universal values of peace and non-violence, human rights and social justice with intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. The approach of UNESCO in educating for peace is multidimensional, for that it links education with a range of activities to address the root causes of violence and to create an atmosphere of peaceful co-existence and sustainable development.

To identify the current challenges of teacher education in solving the “human problems”.
 To update the teacher education according to global norms established by UNESCO and other bodies.
 To develop skills among teacher trainees in human values, harmonious living with co-existence.
 To promote inter-disciplinary research activities for education for peace and harmony.
 To create awareness among teachers for development of activities for peace and harmony education.
 To frame an outline of the curriculum of teacher education for peace, harmony & human values.
 To articulate and identify the activities, contents, programme for teaching peace and harmony.
 To establish an international centre of Teacher education for peace and harmony.

THEME : Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony

DATE : Feb 11-13, 2012

1. Sri Sathya Sai International Centre, Pragati Vihar, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
2. India International Centre,40,Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

Programme Schedule:
Apart from inaugural and valedictory sessions, there will be three plenary followed by 15 thematic sessions. The first plenary session will focus on “Coexistence and Harmony through Teacher Education”. The outcome of this plenary session will have a direct bearing on curriculum, contents, methodology, evaluation process and overall direction of teacher education. The second plenary session is proposed to deal with Teacher education in technical, vocational and professional sectors. The objective of this plenary session is to introduce vision of peace and harmony. The third plenary session will be devoted to teacher education as a whole which is essentially the central theme of the seminar. These plenary sessions will provide direction to the declaration of the seminar.


Papers and Innovative Ideas are welcome on any of the following Sub Themes
1. Relevance of universal human values and peace based education
2. Humanization of teacher education
3. Global trends and New scenario of teacher education
4. Dimensions and relationship of peace education with foundations of education
5. Teacher educational governance: Issues and challenges
6. Co-existence and harmony through teacher education
7. Skills and activities for teacher education for peace and harmony
8. Preparing peace teachers and peace workers in the community
9. Role of teacher in multicultural and multi-ethnic society
10. Peace based integrated curriculum for teacher education
11. Education for peace towards a millennium of well being

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF PAPERS /PRESENTATIONS Schedule for Submission of Abstracts / Full Papers.
The abstract/paper must follow the format used by international journals/seminars.: (A) author (B) college/university/institute (C) email-id (D) mobile / telephone number (E) title of the abstract (F) body of the abstract.

Abstract(s) must be written in ENGLISH or in HINDI:

Schedule for submission of abstracts / papers
(i) 300 to 500 words abstracts should be submitted by October 15, 2011.
(ii) Acceptance of the abstract will be intimated by November, 10, 2011.
(iii) The last date for receiving the full paper of approx. 5000 words by December 30, 2011.

Please mail/email your abstracts and papers to:
Dr. Surendra Pathak,
Convener, International Seminar, IASE deemed University, Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahar (Churu), 331401, Rajasthan, India
Email :,

Abstracts, papers and presentation will be reviewed by committee, which includes:
1. Dr. H L Sharma, Professor Education, New Delhi
2. Dr. Nityanand Pandey, Assam Central University, Silchar
3. Dr. S B Singh , Professor education, Jodhpur
4. Dr. Asha Shukla, Head Dept. of Women Studies, Barkatullah University, Bhopal
5. Prof. Hemlata Talesra, Director & Head, Smt. K. B. Dave College of Education, Pilvai, Mehsana, Gujarat
6. Dr. Krishna Mohan, Consultant, Psychology & Mental Health, Founder & Managing Director of PsychGuru Mental Health Services Pvt. Ltd, Hyderabad
7. Rakesh Gupta, Studying Madhyast Darshan in the guidance Shri A. Nagraj, Bangalore
8. Prof. Kumud Chandra Thakar, Former Director Lok Bharti, Sanosara, Bhavnagar, Gujarat

(a) Foreign Delegates
a. Developed Country : USD 250
b. Developing country : USD 150

(b) Indian Delegates
Individual Delegate :
Rs. 2500 Institutional Delegate :
Rs 3000 (extra copy of seminar proceedings will be given for their library)

(c) Student Delegates : Rs. 1000
(M.A./ M.Ed./M.Phil./Ph.D.)

(Registration fee includes accommodation & food for the Delegates)

Registration fee should be submitted through Demand Draft/Pay order along with the registration form and sent to,

The Seminar Convener, International Seminar on Teacher Education for Peace and Harmony, IASE deemed University, Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahar (Churu), 331401, Rajasthan, India.

Online Registration can be done through swift account.

Swift Code Number: SBBJ INBB
IFSE CODE No. SBBJ 0110140
Beneficiary's Name: Gandhi Vidya Mandir, Sardarshahr, India.
Foreign currency Account Number: - 51093725633,
Indian currency Current Account Number: - 51093722745
Beneficiary Bank: State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur,
Address: Sardarshahr, 3301401, Rajasthan, India.

Delegates will be accommodated in the Guest House and Participating Students in the hostels arranged by organizers. Separate accommodation will be provided on payment with prior information.



Gandhi Vidya Mandir(GVM), a Non-governmental, Non-profit making registered society was founded in 1950 on 1190 acres of land in one of the harshest and the most backward areas in the country. The region is acutely prone to droughts and floods, heat and cold waves, epidemics and other calamities. It was the vision of Shri Kanhaiyalal Dugar (who later embraced Sanyas (renunciation) and was known as Swami Shri Shriram Sharan ji) an embodiment of universal humanism, who, with the blood and sweat of many devoted social-workers, philanthropists, students and staff, created this epitome of emulative excellence in human endeavor. 

He dedicated his entire life and all his personal wealth to the cause of education and upliftment of the down-trodden. “Gandhi Vidya Mandir” means a comprehensive seat of education making sincere efforts towards realizing humanitarianism. GVM has been striving to alleviate these problems through various permanent projects and programmers relating to education, culture, livelihood, health and hygiene, vocational education etc., without discrimination of caste, class or creed. The cultural and spiritual aspects and propagation of Gandhian ideals of ahimsa, peace and sarvodaya are adequately covered in the curricular as well as community programmes. 

The ‘Baal Graha’ (Children’s Home) provides education and home to orphans. In the surrounding villages, there are 46 centres of basic Shiksha Karmi Yojna for rural boys and girls in the age group of 6 to 14 years, benefitting about 2000 students. Non Formal Education (NFE) is provided to over 3000 boys and girls in the age group of 6 to 14 years in 100 village-centers. There are 12 primary schools and 45 adult education centers serving over 10,000 children and adults, mainly young girls and women. GVM hosts resident & non-resident students, from pre-primary to Ph.D. level. There are separate multi-faculty colleges for girls and co-educational colleges in Ayurveda, Para-Medical, Life Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, IT, Management, Engineering and Art & Home Science. It is dotted by large parks, gardens, playgrounds, auditoria, cultural and spiritual centers GVM was conceptualized and nurtured as a University. It has grown from strength-to-strength and its 60 years history is a saga of strides, struggles and successes. ‘Service with Sincerity’ is our watchword and the motto is ‘Gyanbhanur-bhasatam’ - ‘May the Sun of Knowledge Shine’. (the sun knows no discrimination and engulfs the entire world with light and warmth).


Institute of Advanced Studies in Education (IASE) – Deemed to be University, a unit of Gandhi Vidya Mandir (GVM), Sardarshahr, Dist. Churu, Rajasthan, is a non Government self-funded Institute of Higher Education. 

It is located amidst the north-western part of the dreaded Thar Desert, 230 km north of jaipur, 330 km west of Delhi, 125 km east of Bikaner and 45 km from Ratangarh Junction/ Churu. In 2002, the Government of India accorded the formal recognition of ‘Deemed to be University’ to IASE of GVM, under Section 3 of the UGC Act (1956) vide notification F.29/200-U.3 of 25th June 2002, and the UGC notification F.6-25/2001 (CPP-I) of 17th July 2002. 

The University is providing highest quality education at low cost. This institution has grown at an enviable pace since then without any contribution or grants from University Grants Commission (UGC) or Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Distance Education Programme was started in 2003 with the objective of bringing education to all those who seek it at a place, pace and time of their own choosing, and to inculcate the spirit o life-long learning, at affordable costs. This beautifully fits into the vision of our founding fathers. Over a period of time, thousands of students have benefited in diverse fields of Education, IT & Management, Engineering, Paramedical, Bio Technology, Science & Humanities and Value Education from certification upto post-graduate programmes.

Basic Teacher’s Training College 

It was founded on Aug 9, 1953, offering ‘Teacher Training Courses’ (TTC), as it then existed. In 1954, Basic STC replaced this course. The degree course (B.Ed) was started in 1956, M.Ed in 1960 and the facility for Ph.D added in 1968. It has produced 500 BSTC, 13,000 B.Ed, 700 M.Ed and 57 Ph.D since its existence. In 1993, BTTC was upgraded to the status of the ‘Institute of Advanced Studies in Education’ (IASE), under the centrally sponsored scheme of restructuring and reorganization of teacher education. From 20th February, 2008 IASE was converted into CTE. This is one of India’s premiere institutes in the education sector, pertaining teacher-training right from primary up to the doctoral stage with an additional special charge of two districts of Rajasthan, namely Nagaur and Churu, to improve the quality of teaching at all levels, through specific in-service training courses devised by it.



Gujarat Vidyapeeth is an institution providing life-building education based on Gandhian thoughts. It was established by Mahatma Gandhi on 18th October, 1920 during movement against British rule. Upto 1930, in Gujarat Vidyapeeth, the languages like Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Sanskrit, Persian and English were taught along with the courses in Indian Studies, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Economics and Music. Considering the significant contribution of value-based educational experiences of Gujarat Vidyapeeth at national and international level, the Government of India awarded Gujarat Vidyapeeth with the status of ‘deemed to be University’ under the, provisions of University Grants Commission Act, in the year 1963. In the Sadra campus, the graduation level and post-graduation level courses are also available in Physical Education College and Micro-Biology Science Department. 

In Randheja campus, in its Gram Seva Mahavidyalay, the Home Science course is available for girls and in its Rural Management Institute, both graduation and post-graduation level courses are available both for boys and girls. In Ahmedabad campus, various courses are offered in its Education Colleges as well as in its Lifelong Education Department. The basic objective of Gujarat Vidyapeeth is to prepare workers who are well equipped with character, capability, culture and commitment through educational programmes in the context of re-construction of nation based on Gandhian ideals. Gujarat Vidyapeeth has been always concerned with the experiments of research training and extension in various fields of education for development and implementation of Gandhian thoughts. Gujarat Vidyapith trains students in such a way that they will strengthen self-reliance. For that we made residential colleges. We believe that education should not be conducted only in four walls but it should take place informal way while residing the students at campus. At present students are working daily in such a way so that the quality of self-reliance could reflect in their lifestyle.


Jain Vishva Bharati University was established with the inspiration of late Gurudev Tulsi, a great seer, saint and scholar of the modern era. In 1991, Government of India notified JVBI as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of University Grants Commission Act, 1956. Late Gurudev Shri Tulsi remained its first constitutional Anushasta (moral and spiritual disciplinarian), Acharya Mahaprajna was the 2nd and Acharya Mahashraman is the present Anushasta. The Jain Vishva Bharati University is an endeavour in the direction of putting into practice, promote and propagate the high ideals of Anekant, Ahimsa, Tolerance and Peaceful Coexistence for weal being of the mankind. 

The University has resolved to work as a center of Advanced Studies, Research & Training in Jainology in the context of comparative studies in Indology, World Religions, Ahimsa and World Peace. The objectives for which the University is established and functioning are: (i) to provide for Instruction, Training, Research, Extension and Experimentation in the various branches of learning; (ii) to provide for research and for advancement of and dissemination of knowledge and extension activities in the Oriental Learning— Prakrit Language and Literature, Pali, Sanskrit, Apabhramsha, Jainology, Philosophy, Religion, Comparative Studies in Philosophy and World Religions, Astrology, Mantravidya Avadhanvidya (Mnemonics), Yoga and Sadhana, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Colour Therapy, Magnet Therapy, Epigraphy, Paleography, Jeevan Vigyan & Preksha Dhyan (Science of Living & Preksha meditation) and the fundamental principles of Shramana Culture and such other related and ancilliary or supplementary subjects. Jain Vishva Bharati Institute launched a Bachelor of Education programme recognized by National Council for Teacher Education. The programme was designed to suit candidates from all over India and it places specific emphasis on meditation as a tool to enhance learning skills and I.Q. Jain Vishva Bharti Institute (Deemed University) envisions a value and technology based society.


Kanak Mal Dugar
Chancellor, IASE Deemed University President of Gandhi Vidya Mandir Vice President, Global Harmony Association Honorary President, GHA-India

Prof. Sudarshan Iyengar
Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Ahmedabad

Samani Charitra Prajna
Vice Chancellor, Jain Vishwa Bharti Deemed University, Ladunu

Vice Chairman M L Bhatt
Vice Chancellor, IASE Deemed University

Dr. M L Sharma
Former Principal Education Specialist Asian Development Bank

Dr. N. K. Ambasht
Pro Vice Chancellor IASE Deemed University,
Former Chairman – National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS, Govt. of India)

Prof. O. S. Dewal
Former Principal, Regional College of Education (NCERT), Ajmer

Prof. Puran Chand
Advisor, Gandhi Vidya Mandir,
Former Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi

Seminar Director
Dr. Dinesh Kumar
Former Pro VC, IASE Deemed University,
Principal, Basic Teachers’ Training College, 09414086003

Seminar Convener
Dr. Surendra Pathak
Head of the Department, Value Education, (Chetna Vikas Mulya Shiksha) IASE Deemed University, 09414086007

Email for Seminar Correspondence

BOARD OF ADVISORS (International)

Professor Clarence B. Jones (USA)
Scholar in Residence and Visiting Professor at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute, Stanford University

Mr. Charles Mercieca, Ph.D. (USA)
President, International Association of Educators for World Peace Dedicated to United Nations Goals of Peace Education, Environmental Protection, Human Rights & Disarmament
Professor Emeritus, Alabama A&M University Hon President & Professor, SBS Swiss Business School, Zurich  

Dr. Leo Semashko, (Russia)
Founder and President: Global Harmony Association (GHA) and International Website "Peace from Harmony",
State Councillor of St.Petersburg,Founder and Director, Tetrasociology Public Institute, Russia;
Former Professor Sociology, St. Petersburg Universities

Professor Bob Adamson (Hong Kong)
Head, Dept of International Education & Lifelong Learning Hong Kong Institute of Education

Professor Michael Pye (Germany)
Professor of the Study of Religions, University of Marburg, Germany (retired),
Research Associate (International Buddhist Studies), Shin Buddhist Comprehensive Research Institute, Otani University, Kyoto, Japan

Dr. Kofi Kumado (Ghana)
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Honorary
Member of the International Commission of Jurists (2001)

Professor Dayantha S Wijeyesekera (Sri Lanka)
Emeritus Professor, University of Moratuwa,
Member, National Education Commission,
Chairman, Standing Committee on Tertiary and Technological Education of the Commission,
The Country Representative of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK)

Dr. Neil Hawkes (Oxford, UK)
Cert.Ed, ACP, BA, MEd, FCol P, D.Phil (Oxford), FRSA International consultant in Values-based Education,
Director of the charity ALIVE (Association of Living Values Education International),
Director of the Values Education Trust in the UK

Dr. Dephne Romy (Switzerland)
Member, French National Center for Scientific Research affiliated Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches: Fondements du Droit Public.
Founder of Académie Sans Frontières, a network of scholars worldwide as well as Sociolinguists on Facebook. Author of several publications and articles to be found on her blog at and she is the Editor-in-Chief of a special issue of the French Journal Droit et Culture

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (Washington D.C)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
Founding members & Associate Director of Salam Institute for Peace and Justice

Dr. Federico V Niduasa (Philippines)
President, International Research Center for Global Peace and Harmony, Inc.,
Academic Researcher on Peace, Japan Humanistic Anthropology Association, Tokyo, Japan,
National Director for Family Values, Anti-Drug Campaign,
Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines
Asia Coordinator , International Police Commission, General Headquarters, Sacramento, California, United States of America

Marcos Estrada (Brazil)
General Coordinator, Youth Team for a Culture of Peace Produce the Final Civil Society Report of the UN International Decade for a Culture of Peace

Vivek Umrao Glenderning (Australia)
Editor, The Ground Report India,
Chairman & CEO, Ground Report Media Pvt Ltd
Member, Wikimedia, Australia,
International Journalist, The Chartered Institute of Journalists, London UK
Member, International PEN, England,
Member, Sydney PEN, Australia

Harinder Mishra (Jerusalem, Israel)
Faculty, Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
Jerusalem correspondent of Press Trust of India (PTI) since 2004,
worked as a special correspondent for BBC and DW based out of Jerusalem,
Former sub-editor and news monitor at All India Radio for six years,
completed doctorate studies at the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Ms Radha Bhatt (New Delhi)
Chairperson, Gandhi Peace foundation and Veteran Gandhian

Dr. Vijay Bhatkar (Pune)
Founder – C-Dac, ER&DC, Techno Park, IIIT, ETH Research Lab and Maltiversity
Fellow IEEE,
Fellow ACM,
Maharastra Bhushan

J. Veera Raghavan (Gurgaon, Delhi)
Former Secretary, Human Recourse Development, Govt. of India

M K Kaw (New Delhi)
Former Principal Advisor (Education) Planning Commission & Former Secretary (HRD) Govt. of India.
Dean, Sri Sathya Sai International Centre for Human Values

Dr. J. S. Rajput (New Delhi)
Former director - NCERT

Prof. Ravindra Kumar (Meerut)
Awarded Padma Shri,
Former Vice Chancellor, Meerut University;
Hon. Patron, Stallion College of Engineering & Technology;
Secretary-General, World Peace Movement Trust;
Editor, Global Peace International Journal,
Consultant to the United Nations UP GS

Prof. Mohammad Miyan (Hyderabad)
Vice-Chancellor, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad

Prof. A.K. Bakshi (Allahabad)
Vice-Chancellor, UP Rajshri Tandan Open University

Prof. Surya Nath Prasad (Nagpur)
Former President and currently Executive Vice President of International Association of Educators for World Peace

Prof. M C Sharma (New Delhi)
School of Education, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi

Prof. R R Gaur (New Delhi)
Advisor & Ex. Head, National Resource Centre for Value Education in Engineering, IIT Delhi,
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Delhi (Retd.)

Dr. A. K. Merchant (New Delhi)
General Secretary, Temple of Understanding—India

Dr. T. N. Dhar (New Delhi)
Former Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi

Dr. Syed Salman Chishty (Ajmer Sharif)
Gaddi Nashin - Khadim e Khawaja Hazrat Khawaja Moinuddin Hasan Chishty Dargah Khawaja Saheb Ajmer Sharif and
Director, Chishty Foundation, Ajmer Sharif Humanitarian Non-Profit Trust, Regd. Govt. of India

Dr Yugandhar GR (Hyderabad)
Founder-The World United, MS, Institute of Transformational Medicine, (Connecting People through Personal & Planetary Evolution Spiritual Science - Holistic Health - Environment)

Prof. Ganesh Bagariya (Kanpur)
Jeevan Vidya Prabodhak and Professor, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, HBTI

Prof. Ummed Singh (Surat)
Professor and Coordinator M.Ed. (Specialisation : Educational Technology), South Gujarat University, Surat

Dr. Nand Kishore Acharya (Hyderabad)
Professor IIIT Hyderabad, Former Prof. Ahimsa, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha, Maharastra

Prof. B.K. Tripathi (New Delhi)
Joint Director, NCERT, New Delhi

Ishwar Dayal Kansal (New Delhi)
Promoter and Chief Editor, SANSKARAM (Hindi Magazine), New Delhi

Shri Pawan Gupta (Mussoorie)
Founder, Society for Integrated Development of Himalayas, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Shri Himanshu Dugar (Bhuj, Gujarat)
Social Worker and Educational consultant

Dr. Sandeep Purohit (Jaipur)
Web-Editor, Rajashthan Patrika

Dr. Rajendra Khimani (Ahmedabad)
Registrar, Gujarat Vidyapeeth,Ahmedabad


  1. Dear all,

    Please follow the link

    for more updates of the Seminar.


    Prof. Surendra Pathak,
    Convener of the Seminar.

  2. I feel that IASE is one of the best non-governmentaluniversities in the country.It is really surprising that how you are able to run such a huge and stupendous organization without any assistance from the Government or UGC.I really appreciate the spirit with which you work for a noble cause-education for world peace and harmony

  3. Hey, nice site you have here! Keep up the excellent work!

    Education in India


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