Professor Dinesh Singh Addressed the Philosophy of ‘Mimansa’

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Professor Dinesh Singh highlighted the ‘philosophy of ‘Mimansa’ which means that information without action is worthless and thus we have to improve the quality of education through different initiatives.

Professor Dinesh Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Delhi University stressed on making India a knowledge economy, changing people’s ideology and developing alertness among citizens for the overall development of the nation.

Prof CB Sharma, the chief trustee of the Shanti Upendra Foundation for Development Initiatives (SUFDI), a trust created in 2010 for extending education to those who have been deprived of it. The attempt was also to improve the quality of education through different initiatives. The aim of the trust is to establish academic institutions, conduct research and also undertake extension activities. The trust is attempting to emerge as a think tank in the area of education besides advising governments on policy issues. The trust also awards Sushamajay Scholarship to girls who have lost their parents and are likely to discontinue their studies. Every year two to three girls from the Vidya Mandir Vidyalaya, Belwari (Meghalaya) are awarded scholarship which also includes hostel and other charges for continuing their studies. For this, an amount of Rs 1 lakh every year is donated by Aparna Sharma, daughter of Late Ajay Kumar and Sushma Sharma of Manjhaul, Dist Begusarai (Bihar) and grand-daughter of Upendra and Shanti Sharma.

The trust organises a memorial lecture every year in the memory of Shanti Sharma, wife of late Upendra Sharma, the founder of the trust. Various eminent educationist have delivered lectures on this occasion viz. Prof Naresh Dadhich, Vice Chancellor, Kota Open University; PA Sangma, Former Speaker, Lok Sabha; Prof Sanjeev Sharma, professor, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut; Dr Krishna Gopal, joint general secretary, Rashtriya Sevak Sangh.  This year, the 5th Shanti Sharma memorial lecture has been delivered by Professor Dinesh Singh, former Vice-Chancellor, Delhi University.

Professor Singh stated that the memorial lecture is organised in the memory of ‘a mother’ and India is mother to all of us so the lecture is dedicated to Shanti Sharma and “Bharat Maa”. He spoke on the topic India as a knowledge economy: need of the hour and mentioned that through this lecture perhaps there would be some change in our thinking and understanding.

He stressed on making India a knowledge economy which would result in the development of the country. The ideology of people needs to be changed for India to become a developed country. He emphasised that the India needs to be more alert and aware to get rid of lacunae in the system. He emphasised on philosophy of Mimansa which means that knowledge without action is meaningless and thus we have to evaluate ourselves. He reiterated that the knowledge system should be holistic and trans disciplinary and based on a hands-on application theory connected to the needs and challenges of India. There is a need to improve our system, especially the one related to education, for the benefit of our economy. Indians have to recognise the power given to us by the Supreme Being which can do wonders for the nation, if done with good intention. Indians have an ample sources of knowledge rooted in ancient India. Whether it is navigation, astronomy or astrology or science we can draw upon those to develop further. The proof of it lies in the fact that the Indian society and civilisation was regarded as the best during ancient times too. So much so, foreigners used to visit the Indian subcontinent to study in reputed Indian universities.

Writer: Dinesh Singh

Courtesy: The Pioneer

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