1st Prize: Rs. 10,000 ; 2nd Prize: Rs. 5,000; 3rd Prize: Rs. 3,000; Consolation Prize: Rs. 1000
Hon'ble Education Minister, Government of India
Director, IIT Kanpur
Guest of Honour
Director, IIT Roorkee
Guest of Honour
Director, Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University)
Guest of Honour
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Delhi along with its scientific research wing Institute for Science and Spirituality are organizing an international e-summit titled "Jijnasa : Vedantic Theology for the advancement of Scientific Temper" on 19th December and 20th December 2020.
The main speakers in this event are Prof. Laxmidhar Behera from IIT Kanpur, Dr. Michael A. Cremo, the famous author of "Forbidden Archaeology", Mr. Akhandadhi Das from Science and Philosophy Initiative, London, UK, Prof. Suresh Bhalla from IIT Delhi, Dr. Mauricio Garrido from Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies, Florida.
In today's world, scientific temper occupies the centre stage in deciphering the nature of reality. Contrary to the preconceived notion of being dogmatic and ideological, ancient Vedantic theological tradition conforms to the highest kind of rational enquiry. Thus, scientific progress can be expediated by such a body of knowledge. The e-summit aims to foster scientific discussion on this prospect.
The creator (isvara), individual fragmental conscious entity (jiva), material nature (prakriti), time (kala) and activity cycle (karma) are constituents of such a theological framework. In this summit, our global experts Prof. Laxmidhar Behera from IIT Kanpur and Mr. Akhandadhi Das from Science and Philosophy Initiative, London, UK would shed light on the philosophical, scientific and technological investigation into nature of conscious perception (the so-called hard problem) and the alternate paradigm. A discussion on consciousness brings in theological and scientific apprehension on Darwinian and chemical evolution of life. Dr. Michael A. Cremo, the famous author of "Forbidden Archaeology" would talk on the cyclic nature of evolution of time and its connection with the archaeological records which strongly favour extreme human antiquity. Dr. Mauricio Garrido from BIHS, Florida would share his research on Vedantic cosmology cast into modern scientific rigor. Scientific temper as a great tool is very much an integral part of Vedantic theology. So, science and religion need not be at war for sovereignty over truth. Prof. Gopal K Gupta from University of Evansville, USA and Prof. Suresh Bhalla from IIT Delhi would talk about the connection between science and Vedanta.
05:00 pm to 06:00 pm, 19 Dec
Dr Laxmidhar Behera is Professor at IIT Kanpur having research and teaching experience of more than 23 years. He has received the BSc (engineering) and MSc (engineering) degrees from NIT Rourkela in 1988 and 1990, respectively. He received the PhD degree from IIT Delhi in 1996. He pursued the postdoctoral studies in the German National Research Center for Information Technology, GMD, Sank Augustin, Germany, during 2000-2001. Previously, he has worked as an assistant professor at BITS Pilani during 1995- 1999 and as a reader at Intelligent Systems Research Center (ISRC), University of Ulster, United Kingdom during 2007-2009. He has also worked as a visiting researcher/professor at FHG, Germany, and ETH, Zurich, Switzerland. He is one of the pioneers in the field of AI based autonomous robotics. His work lies in the convergence of machine learning, control theory, robotic vision and heterogeneous robotic platforms. He has received more than INR 15 crore research grants to support his research activities - the recent one being DST-UKIERI International grant. He has established industrial collaboration with TCS, Renault Nissan, and ADNOC, Abu Dhabi while making significant technological development in the areas such robotics based ware-house automation, vision and drone guided driver assistance system, and drone guided pipeline inspection systems. He has published more than 220 papers in Journals and Conference Proceedings. He is a Fellow of INAE and Senior Member of IEEE. He is one of the technical committee members on Robotics.
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm, 19 Dec
Gopal K. Gupta is an associate professor at the University of Evansville, USA, where he teaches courses that explore the world’s living religions, Eastern religious philosophies and the intersection between religion and science. His book, Māyā in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa: Human Suffering and Divine Play, is published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Gupta serves as the editor for the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies (JHCS). JHCS is a widely read, peer-reviewed, journal in the field of comparative religion. He has authored various articles in academic books and journals and presented at numerous conferences. Some of his works include: “Hindu Perspectives on Artificial Life and the Self,” “Woman as Māyā: Gendered Narrative in the Bhāgavata Purāṇa,” and “‘May Calamities Befall Us at Every Step:’ The Bhāgavata’s Response to the Problem of Evil.” Dr. Gupta completed his D.Phil. in Religious Studies and MST in Science and Religion from the University of Oxford, UK.
07:00 pm to 08:00 pm, 19 Dec
Dr. Michael A. Cremo is a researcher in human origins and antiquity. He is a member of the World Archaeological Congress and the European Association of Archaeologists. He has given invited talks at leading scientific institutions such as the Royal Institution in London and the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has also lectured about his work at universities around the world, including MIT, Stanford, and the University of South California. In India he has given lectures at IIT Mumbai, IIT Chennai, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IIT BHU and the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. He specializes in perspectives on human origins and antiquity inspired by the Sanskrit writings of India. He is the author of books such as Forbidden Archeology and Human Devolution. He is a frequent guest on radio and television shows.
04:00 pm to 05:00 pm, 20 Dec
Akhandadhi Dasa, is the director of the Science & Philosophy Initiative, a UK association with links to the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies in USA. His research interests lie in integration of Vaishnava philosophy with modern science and the philosophies of Vedanta, Sankhya and Yoga. He has presented over 400 recordings on BBC radio and television; been published in numerous newspapers and magazines; and has delivered a TEDx talk on Consciousness. During this pandemic, he is delivering a very enlightening webinar series, “Atma Paradigm” or a comprehensive and science-consistent philosophical framework derived from the Srimad Bhagavatam, a most prominent Sanskrit Vedic text.
05:00 pm to 06:00 pm, 20 Dec
Mauricio Garrido was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1979, graduated from the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and in Physics in 2003. He earned a black belt in Kobayashi Shorin-ryu Karate. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from Ohio University, has served an internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, completed a postdoc at Columbia University, and has taught Sanskrit at the University of Florida. His research includes Puranic cosmology, Vaisnava philosophy, quantum field and information theory, general relativity, consciousness studies, and the philosophy of mind. As a member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies (BIHS) since 2015, he develops courses on theology and science, including Vedic concepts of cosmography, consciousness, and physics. He has presented at universities and international conferences.
06:00 pm to 07:00 pm, 20 Dec
Dr. Jyotiranjan Beuria is a Ph.D. in Particle Physics from Harish-Chandra Research Institute (HRI). He has published many papers in international journals. He is an Institute Silver Medalist from IIT Roorkee in Integrated M.S. He has secured All India Rank 13 in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and All India Rank 38 in CSIR National Eligibility Test/Junior Research Fellowship. He is also recipient of Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) fellowship from Germany for Undergraduate research in Astrophysics. He is also author of a book titled 'Faith and Reason on Trial'.
07:00 pm to 08:00 pm, 20 Dec
Dr. Suresh Bhalla is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi. His main areas of interest are smart structures, structural health monitoring, electro-mechanical impedance (EMI) technique, bio-mechanics/ bio-medical applications of smart materials, piezoelectric energy harvesting and engineered bamboo structures. Dr. Bhalla has published over 65 papers in international journals, and over 70 in international/ national refereed conferences/ workshops. He has co-authored two books “Piezoelectric Materials: Applications in SHM, Energy Harvesting and Bio-mechanics (Wiley)” and “Smart Materials in Structural Health Monitoring, Control and Bio-mechanics (Springer)”. He has also contributed chapters for three other books. His publications are highly cited in the Web of Science and Scopus by peers, represented by an h-index of 20 in Web of Science and 25 in SCOPUS. His pioneering paper on monitoring of RC structures published in 2000 has received over 250 citations so far in the Web of Science. A finalist of the SCOPUS Young Scientist Award 2014, Dr. Bhalla has been the recipient of several other laurels, such as two best paper awards (2016, 2012), award for teaching excellence (2011), outstanding young faculty fellow (2008), NSTB gold medal for best Master’s thesis (2001) and the Institute silver medal (1995). Dr. Bhalla has completed R&D projects amounting to about Rs 10 crore. Dr. Bhalla has five invention disclosures to his credit, four of which have been applied for patent. Dr. Bhalla has been the founder of the “Smart Structures and Dynamics Lab” at IIT Delhi. Recently, Dr. Bhalla has been recognized among top 2% of world scientists by Stanford University on the basis of standardized citation indications.