Wednesday, May 4, 2011

3-Day IOS Silver Jubilee Celebrations Conference

3-Day IOS Silver Jubilee Celebrations Conference

New Delhi, April 16 "The way forward can no longer be the destructive path of soul -development, but the less trodden path of holistic material-spiritual development of man, society, culture and State." 
Expressing his above views here on the second day of the three-day international inaugural conference on "Towards Knowledge, Development and Peace---Outlining Roadmaps for the Future" to mark the silver jubilee celebrations of think tank Institute of Objective studies (IOS) being held at the India Islamic Cultural Centre, internationally renowned scholar and Kualalumpur-based International Islamic University former rector Prof M Kamal Hassan said the current uprising or social unrest brewing in a number of middle eastern societies today had its roots in long-standing economic, social and political discontent which was suppressed by the greedy and autocratic leaders whose strong grip on the political system was, nonetheless, endorsed and sustained by the Western promoters of democracy and human rights themselves. 

He also said the intelligent and educated Arab youth and intelligentsia could no longer bear the hypocrisy of both national leaders and international forces of global hegemony. Quoting a number of economists, he opined emphasis on achieving human welfare involving the enlargement of all human choices whether economic, social, cultural or economic had today become the overall objective. He concluded the most important goal of development was human freedom. 
Earlier, Union Law Minister Dr Veerappa Moily, in his inaugural address on Friday, said the knowledge agenda of 10S was a national agenda provided every section of the society should get a space. "IOS should get success, and if it succeeds,India would succeed," declared Moily emotionally.

Minister of State for Human Resources Development Dr D Purandeswari averred nation should be bonded by cultural internationalism instead of cultural nationalism. She said man had been reduced to a status of a consumer. Presiding over the inaugural function, former Supreme Court Chief Justice A M Ahmadi said nation could not go forward without knowledge, development and peace. He lauded 10S initiatives in this connection. 
Besides, three business plenary sessions on knowledge, development and peace as well as three parallel sessions on prospects of creating knowledge societies in the 21st century, development strategies in contemporary world and peace in the era of globalization were addressed by a galaxy of eminent scholars. The conference participated by delegates from inside and outside the country, would end Sunday. 
According to 10S Chairman and economist Dr M Manzoor Alam, besides the inaugural and concluding functions, there would be held 12 conferences in the state capitals during 2011-12. 

Ataur Rahman,
Administrative Officer,
Institute of Objective Studie
Mob.: 9810131927 

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