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8th annual international CESI conference concludes at Jammu University

 

8th annual international CESI conference concludes at Jammu University

Published on :18 Nov,2017 By :- UNT News Desk


Jammu:
The three-day 8th annual international conference of the Comparative Education Society of India (CESI) 2017 on the theme “Criticality, Empathy and Welfare in Contemporary Educational Discourses” concluded here today at the Brigadier Rajinder Singh auditorium. Prof Dhruv Raina, Director, Northern Region Centre, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), who is also an eminent professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi delivered the  valedictory address at the concluding function while Prof Riyaz Punjabi, Padam Shri, former vice chancellor of University of Kashmir chaired the function.
Delivering his valedictory address on the theme “The transgressive nature of interdisciplinary knowledge: A perspective from the philosophy of science”, Prof Raina threw light on various dimensions of multidisciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches in teaching and research. The concept of inter-disciplinary, he said, is over 100 year old in the contemporary ecologies of knowledge and it is here to stay, he added.
 
“My main concern is if we are experiencing the sense of loss or is it being considered as genesis of knowledge,” he said adding no discipline knows more than all disciplines and that is why there must be inter-disciplinary approach. We much transcribe the nature of science and education together. Science needs transmission of knowledge because common people cannot understand science. He added that the current crisis of knowledge consists of two processes - the democratization of knowledge, and privatization of knowledge.
Underlining the fact that the public has lost its faith on the expert knowledge, Prof Raina said academia need to regain that faith and it is possible only through multidisciplinary, inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches.
 Delivering his address, Prof Riyaz Punjabi said it was a very important conference as it dealt with contemporary issues in education. As we are moving towards privatization of education, he said, this issue would be debated all over the country in the days to come. He said the issue of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary have been in discussion for a long time among the academia and these approaches have been raising the eyebrows in the academia everywhere.
Prof. Renu Nanda, local organizing secretary of CESI-2017 and Head, Department of Education, University of Jammu, while reading the summary of the three days’ proceedings of the conference, informed that a total of 33 sessions other than inaugural and valedictory were held in these three days. Two plenary sessions were also held on the themes “Criticality, Empathy and Welfare in Contemporary Educational Discourses” and “Educational Scenario in Jammu & Kashmir State”.
Prof Nanda also informed that a total of 133 participants presented research papers which include faculty members, research scholars, policy makers from different parts of the country including University of Calcutta, NUEPA, JNU, RIE, Delhi, GDC, Pulwama, J&K, CSSS/JNU/Delhi, TISS, Hyderabad and Mumbai, RIE, NCERT, Ajmer, Rajasthan, University of Gujarat, Baroda, Azim Premji University, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Aligarh Muslim University, Department of Sociology, BHU, University of Sussex, UK. A cultural bonanza was presented by J&K Academy of Art, Culture & Languages on the first day itself in which Dr. S. D Singh Jamwal, IPS, Inspector General of Police, Jammu zone was the chief guest.
Earlier, Dr. Monica Gupta, General Secretary of CESI gave brief introduction about CESI. She informed that CESI came into existence in 1980 and the present conference is the 8th international conference of CESI. She appreciated the contribution of NUEPA and Azim Prem JI University for their support and collaboration with the CESI and she seeks help from these universities in the upcoming events of CESI.
Dr. S. Srinivasa Rao, CESI Vice-President also spoke at the valedictory session. Dr. Monica Gupta, general secretary, CESI presented vote of thanks.
About 33 parallel technical sessions were held during three day conference on different broad sub-themes including “Education in the Era of Reforms: Examining Gendered Intersectionalities”; “Transforming Higher Education Scenarios”; “Media and Networks in Education”; “Regulation and Governance Issues in Higher Education”; “Teacher, Curriculum and Teacher Education”; “Student Activism, Movements and University Campuses”; “Margins of Education: Historical Studies”; “Education of Children in difficult Situations”; “Development Sector Initiatives in Education: Stories from the field”; “Educational Governance”; “Education and Marginal Groups”; “Curriculum, Pedagogy and Human Development”; “Literacy, Knowledge and Skills”, Education of Gifted Children in India, Issues in Higher Education, Education, Socio-economy, Diet and Social Jetlag: Impact on Health and Disease, Curriculum and Disciplinary Concerns, Critical Education, Maths Education, Education and Urban Transformations, Issues of Equity and Quality in Higher Education, Teacher Education, City and the Dis-privileged: Aspirations,  Dilemmas and Memories, Issues  in School Education, Inclusion, Diversity and Schooling, Information Technology and Education, Gender, Education and Access, Education, Disability and Inclusion, Elementary Education in Different Contexts, Pedagogical Issues in Teacher Education, Philosophical Dimensions of Empathy, Criticality and Welfare, Education, Inequality and Mobility, Leadership and Organizational Issues in Schools, Gender and Schooling, Teachers' Perceptions of Self, Issue of Language Learning in Schools, Contextual Issues in School Education, Futures in Education Technology, Pedagogical Significance of Stories and Children’s Writing , Psychological Processes, Educational Guidance and Counselling.
The sessions were chaired by eminent academicians including Dr. Ritesh Khunyakari, TISS, Hyderabad, Dr. Mandakini Jha, M S University, Baroda, Dr. Pradeep Chaudhury, JNU, New Delhi, Dr.  Prof Mubarak Singh, University of Jammu, Professor Nagaraju Gundemeda, University of Hyderabad, Prof Rajiv Rattan Sharma, University of Jammu, Prof. Renu Nanda, University of Jammu, Dr. Shalini Dixit, NIAS, Bangalore, Dr. Ruchira Das, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Dr. Mona Sedwal, NUEPA, New Delhi, Prof Dhruv Raina, JNU, New Delhi, Dr. Jyoti Dalal, Institute of Home Economics, University of Delhi, Dr. Tripti Bassi, LSR, University of Delhi, Dr. Mousumi Banerjee, O.P Jindal University, Dr. Kishore Darak, Independent Researcher, Prof P H Mohammad, MANUU, Hyderabad, Ms. Smriti Sharma, LSR College, University of Delhi, Jahnavi Contractor, Independent scholar, Prof. Darshana Sharma, University of Jammu, Dr. Habibulla Shah, University of Kashmir


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