02nd October 2020, Pune: To make the virtual summit more symbolic on the 151st birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who is also known for his famous ideology of Satyagraha, MIT World Peace University, Pune commenced its 6th edition of the World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy, to make the day more symbolic.
The event was inaugurated by Anusuiya Uikey, Governor of Chhattisgarh along with V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, Prof. Dr Vishwanath D. Karad – UNESCO Chair Holder; Founder, MIT World Peace University, Pune. Other key speakers included educationalist Dr Vijay Bhatkar, Prof. Rahul V.Karad, Executive President, MIT-WPU and Prof. Dr Mangesh Karad, Executive President, MIT-ADTU along with other dignitaries. The inaugural ceremony began with the unveiling of the book, You May Believe It Or Not by Prof. Dr Vishwanath D. Karad, which highlights about his life ideologies, deep faith and devotion along with his quest for establishing the culture of peace for the welfare of global society, as well as the need to implement the value-based universal education system for the well-being of society.
The event is a three-day virtual summit, which will witness the participation from renowned global stalwarts belonging to different walks of life; philosophers, spiritual and religious leaders, scientists, academics and students, who will interact online to understand ways for evolving into a peace-loving and harmonious global society.
All the session topics have been consciously curated to draw the youth’s attention towards making them aware and alert with the current alarming issues like the need for the eradication of biological and chemical weapons, climate change – Impact on World Peace, and for encouragement and motivation, there is a special session on inspiring anecdotes of peace initiatives.
The event will conclude with the declaration of the Chair of Dalai Lama, hosted by MIT-WPU at the World Peace Dome along with an engaging discussion on the importance of Indic Studies/The Dalai Lama Studies for the Future of World Peace.
The Chief Guest of Honour, Anusuiya Uikey, Governor of Chhattisgarh, said, “I strongly support MIT’s initiative of proposing peace through its 6th virtual summit, as it seems to be the need of the hour. I believe both science and spirituality are doors that lead us towards further knowledge and enlightenment and it has been always intertwined with each other. While Spirituality unifies us with our soul, Science shows us the way to progress. However, in this modern era, science has often been used to lead to destructive means and has even caused the loss of lives. Thus, imbibing the unification of Science and Spirituality especially in our education system is the way forward. This will train young minds to be deeply anchored to a spiritual path that leads to the overall wellbeing of mankind and not misuses science.”
V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, said, “ As we all know that both Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda are an indispensable part of India. There can be no fitting tribute to honour their ideals of ahimsa, truth and peace than this 6th World Parliament, which is dedicated to their message for humanity.”
Speaking about the National Education Policy, he said, “The education system that India inherited after freedom has outlived its utility. Under the leadership of our Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, the National Education Policy is nothing short of a revolution in enhancing the freedom of choice especially in higher education while standing true to Indian ethos.”
Also sharing his views on the importance of Indian leadership globally and the current pandemic, he added, “Crisis requires leadership. The world needs a voice of moderation in tackling these challenges. India is keen to work towards reforming the current crisis along with global decision-making bodies.”
Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr Vishwanath D. Karad, UNESCO Chair Holder, Founder, MIT World Peace University, Pune, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected peace and stability around the globe, and there is a need to maintain peace and harmony within communities. Through this World Parliament forum, we want to give a message of peace and wellbeing to humanity and mankind and the entire world. We would also like to emphasize the importance of unifying Science and Spirituality in order to save humanity, the knowledge of how to live life through Spirituality and the dire need to establish and encourage a value-based universal education system unified by the pursuit of Science and Spirituality.”
Rahul V. Karad, Secretary, Organizing Committee Managing Trustee & Executive President, MAEER’S, MIT Pune, Executive Resident, MIT-WPU, said, “As a university which stands for promoting peace and harmony globally, we aim to awaken the youth to become more proactive and conscious towards the burning issues in our society through this summit. We are glad that we’ve been successful in conducting the World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy summit for the past five years and we take pride in continuing with the tradition of the sixth edition of the summit. We’re all currently combating the pandemic and we believe that it requires a greater level of solidarity and cooperation amongst all the countries and this is only possible by spreading the message of peace and seeking the unification of Science and Spirituality.”
The ten plenary sessions over the next three days will see renowned leaders and speakers including His Holiness Swami Govind Dev Giri Maharaj – Philosopher and Thinker, Swami Yogi Amarnathji – Renowned Scholar and Sadhak, Padma Bhushan Bindeshwar Pathak – Indian Sociologist & Social Entrepreneur, Dr N Radhakrishnan – Chairman of Gandhi Peace Mission, Padma Vibhushan, Dr Ashok S. Ganguly – Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, Padma Shri, Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar – ICMR, New Delhi, Guruji Dr H. R. Nagendra – Chancellor, VYASA International – Bangalore, Sanjay Dhotre – Minister of State Human Resource Development Electronics & Information Technology and Communications, Government of India, V. Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs – Government of India, New Delhi and Padma Bhushan Ela Gandhi, South African member of Parliament among others, sharing their insights on various aspects of Religion, Science and Philosophy.
For the last two consecutive years, this conference has been held at the historic ‘World Peace Dome’, the world’s biggest dome, named ‘Philosopher Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prayer Hall & World Peace Library’ located in Vishwarajbagh, Loni-Kalbhor, Pune.