The Centre for Vivekananda Studies was established by the U.G.C. as a part of the IXth Plan in its scheme of establishing Centres to commemorate the epoch-making social thinkers of India in session 2001-02. To disseminate the knowledge about our great cultural heritage the Centre initiated various activities including lectures and seminars with a special focus on Swami Vivekananda who was its luminary. After the inaugural lecture by Swami Gokulananda on September 16, 2002, in December 2002, a series of three lectures on Practical Vedanta, Divinity of Man and Science and Religion by Swami Brahmeshananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Chandigarh, were organized.
On January 13, 2003, Swami Vivekananda's birthday was celebrated by inviting Shri J. B. Goel to deliver a lecture on the "Life and Thought of Swami Vivekananda". This was followed by a lecture by Swami Jitatmananda from Rajkot on "Science and Spirituality" on Feb 19, 2003. On 26-27 March 2003 the Centre organized a National Seminar on the Life and Works of Swami Vivekananda which was inaugurated by Swami Amritananda from Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Visakhapatnam. In this national seminar, many scholars presented the papers on the on the Swami Vivekananda's thought and philosophy.
In August 2003 Swami Brahmeshananda gave a series of four lectures on "Yoga Psychology" followed by a session of Guided Meditation.
On January 12, 2004, birthday of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated by organizing a students' symposium on the Life and Works of Swami Vivekananda. This was chaired by Swami Brahmeshananda.
From 5th to 7th February 2004 the Centre held a national seminar on "Consciousness in the Indian Tradition". Swami Prabhananda, Secretary Ramakrishna Institute of Culture, Kolkata, inaugurated the seminar and Swami Nityasthananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Mysore was the guest of honour for the session. In this several papers were read on consciousness in different aspects of Indian thought from ancient to the Modern times.
On March 25 and 26, 2004, Prof. Bhagwan Josh delivered a series of two lectures on "Vivekananda in the historical Context".
In the session 2003-04 the Centre started a Certificate Course in Vivekananda Studies. This has two papers, Paper A is on the Life and works of Swami Vivekananda and Paper B has two parts its Part one is a study of Vivekananda and the sages of modern India and Part two involves the writing of a term paper on any aspect of the Thought of Swami Vivekananda. Centre also conducted a Personal Contact Programme for this course in which lectures were given on both the papers. It was followed by a video film on Swami Vivekananda and a session on guided meditation in the Ramakrishna Mission. The whole idea behind this course is to inculcate in the minds of the young the eternal values of our rich cultural heritage.
On October 29, 2004, Babaji Bob Kindler, Spiritual Director of the Sarada Ramakrishna Vivekananda Association, Oregon, U.S.A delivered a lecture on "Eternal Truths of Indian Philosophy".
On January 12, 2005 a Students' Symposium was organized on the occasion of Swami Vivekananda's Birthday.
The Centre held an essay competition of undergraduate and Post-graduate students on "Human Excellence according to Swami Vivekananda". On 14-15 February, 2005 a national seminar of students was organized on the same theme. In this many of the students who had participated in the essay competition joined. Four cash prizes, two in each category were given to the winners. This seminar was very refreshing because listening to young minds on the thought of Swami Vivekananda gave one a lot of hope for the future of Indian society.
On November 29-30, 2005, the Centre organized a national seminar for students on The Concept of Good Life. Swami Nikhileshwarananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Vivekananda Memorial, Vadodra, Inaugurated the seminar and spoke about the concept of good life as shown by Swami Vivekananda. Many students from different parts of the region participated in this seminar and prizes were distributed to the top three participants.
From September 4 to 6, 2006, the Centre organized a series of lectures on Yogic Psychology and Vedantic Psychology by Swami Brahmeshananda, Secretary, Ramakrishna Mission, Chandigarh.
On 12th September, 2006, the Centre organized a lecture on Swami Vivekananda and Feminism by Kumari Niveditia the Vice President of Vivekananda Kendra at Kanyakumari. The lecture was chaired by Prof. Promila Vasudeva a former Prof. from the Psychology Department of Panjab University, Chandigarh.
On 14th-15th November, 2006, the Centre organized National Seminar on Contemporary Relevance of Modern Indian Thinkers. Swami Atmapriyananda, the Vice-chancellor of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Education and Research Institute at Belur Math, Howrah inaugurated the seminar and Prof. Kutumba Sastry, Vice-chancellor of Rastriya Sanskrit Sanstahan, New Delhi, chaired the inaugural session. Shri A.P.N. Pankaj was the guest of honour.
On 27th November, 2006, the Centre organized a lecture on Vedanta in the West by Babaji Bob Kindler, the Director of Sarada Ramakrishna Vivekananda Association at Oregon, U.S.A.
On January 12, 2007, on the occasion of National Youth Day the Centre organized a students' debate on Vivekananda's Views on Caste. The debate was followed by special comments of Prof. Rana Nayyar from English Department and Prof. Manjit Singh from Sociology Department, Panjab University. Prof. S. P. Singh from the University Business School of Panjab University chaired the session.
On March 30, 2007 the Centre organized a lecture on Cultural and Spiritual Aspects of First Independence Struggle by Prof. Makarand Paranjape from the Centre for Linguistic and English School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
On 9-10 August, 2007 the Centre organized a National Seminar on Science and Spirituality in the Indian Context. Swami Parthasarthi, member, Prime Minister's Advisory Council presented the keynote address. Prof. Pranav Pandya, Chancellor, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, gave the presidential address. Renowned scholars of Science, Philosophy, religion and Indology from different parts of country participated and presented papers in the seminar. The valedictory address was given by Dr. Vinod Verma, Charaka School of Ayurveda, Uttarkashi, Uttrakhanda and Shri Prem Prashant, Chief Secretary, Government of Haryana. Prof. S. K. Kulkarni, Dean of University Instructions, Panjab University, chaired the session. The book on Philosophy of Vivekananda published by the Centre was also released in the Inaugural session of the seminar.
On January 12, 2008, the Centre celebrated the National Youth Day organizing a Students' Debate on the Unavoidability of Commercialization of Education. Prof. A. C. Julka from Panjab University, Chandigarh, chaired the session and Swami Brahmeshananda from Ramakrishna Mission, Chandigarh was the chief guest. Cash prizes were given to the winners.
In addition to the above activities the Centre also has a:
- Ph. D. Programme on Swami Vivekananda Studies, admission to which is based on the entrance test conducted by the University for Ph. D. A student of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Sanskrit, Education, Management or other steams of Humanities is eligible for it.
- Counselling Cell for providing help to the students for reducing their emotional and psychological problems.
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