University of Punjab Hosts International Akhand Conference

The virtual conference will provide a platform to educationists to share their views on drawing a roadmap for implementing recommendations of the student-centric National Education Policy-2020 rooted in Bhartiya culture and value system.

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The Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB), is scheduled to organize a Virtual International Akhand Conference on the theme “Transforming Youth to Restore Global Peace’ in collaboration with Global Educational Research Association (GERA) on January 6–7, 2021.  The Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt of India, Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” has kindly consented to grace the inaugural session as the Chief Guest and will deliver the inaugural address in the 2-day Akhand Conference on January 7, 2021, at 10:00am.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, informed that as the University is committed to quality higher education and cutting-edge research, the Conference will provide a platform to researchers and educationists to share their views on drawing a roadmap for implementing recommendations of the student-centric National Education Policy-2020 rooted in Bhartiya culture and value system. The Conference will focus, from the global perspectives, on various paradigms of NEP-2020 intended to transform learning system of the nation to meet the world standard by empowering youth with the global competencies—the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi. All scenarios will be visualized by the researchers and academicians associated with this Conference for translating NEP-2020 into ground realities.

The 2-day virtual Akhand Conference will continue uninterrupted for 31 hours.


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The researchers and educators will deliberate on various issues related to the transformation of the youth with respect to the pillars of Satyam, Shivam, and Sundaram. The underlying belief is that the youth should face competition not by cutting the throat but by love and harmony so that the enduring peace and happiness is restored.

The papers will be presented in a dialogue mode on different themes of the Conference in 10 parallel sessions. EDUCON-2020, managed by CUPB & GERA, will provide an opportunity for participants to listen to internationally acclaimed educationists such as Prof. Eugene (University of Calgary, Canada); Dr Saamdu Chetri (Bhutan); Prof. J.K. Dhillon (University of Worcester, UK); Dr Lukas Ritzel (Switzerland); Prof. Jariya (KMUTT, Bangkok); Dr Radhika Iyengar (Colombia University, New York);  Prof. J.S. Rajput (Former Director, NCERT); Dr Chand Kiran Saluja (Director of Samskrit Samvardhan Pratisthan); Prof. Vasudha Kamat (Former Vice-Chancellor, SNDT Women University, Mumbai); Prof. Rajnish Jain (Secretary, UGC); Prof. Muhammad Akhtar Siddiqui (Former Chairman, NCTE; Prof. C.B. Sharma (Former Chairman, NIOS), who will join as Invited Speakers in this Akhand Conference. President of the GERA, Prof. S.P. Malhotra expressed the hope that deliberations of the conference will bring out the connection between our past heritage and future education system to re-establish Bharat as the Vishwa Guru in field of education. Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh, Hon’ble Chairman, University Grants Commission, has consented to grace the Valedictory Session as Chief Guest and deliver the valedictory speech.