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3RD OCT 2019

SESSION 4 - Can science and religion be reconciled? What are the main obstacles? Scientific? Religious?                                            

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Dr. Ved Pratap Vaidik


Council for Indian Foreign Policy, New Delhi

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Dr. Vaidik is a well-known Scholar, Political Analyst, Orator and a Columnist on national and international affairs.  Dr. Vaidik worked with Press Trust of India for a decade as the Founder-Editor of its Hindi News Agency “BHASHA”. Earlier he held the position of Editor (views), Nav Bharat Times – (the then largest circulated National Hindi daily). Currently, he is the Chairman, Council for Indian Foreign Policy and Bhartiya Bhasha Sammelan. More than two hundred newspapers carry his column regularly. He is the recipient of many awards. Few of them are-

  • Govind Vallabh Pant award 1976

  • Purushottam Das Tandon award 1988

  • Hindi Academy Delhi award for Journalism 1990

  • Ram Manohar Lohia award Kanpur 1990

  • Ramdhari Singh Dinkar award 1992

  • Lala Lajpat Rai award 1992

  • Vishwa Hindi Sammalan Samman, Surinam 2003

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Dr. Alex Hankey

Distinguished Professor of yoga and  Physical Sciences - Bangalore

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Alex Hankey (born 18 August 1947) is a theoretical physicist trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge University.

  • He was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center USA and is deeply interested in Vedanta, Yoga, and Ayurveda.

  • He had played a vital role in setting up Maharishi University of Management and later on became a professor at it, where he taught the first undergraduate course in philosophy of science.

  • His current work relates to applying a combination of philosophical arguments and knowledge of Vedic sciences to solve the problems with in modern science, and thereby refining the foundations of physics, biology, and information theory.

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Shri Firoz Bakht Ahmed


Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad.

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Shri. Firoz Bakht Ahmed, the educationist cum columnist, community worker and the grandnephew  of Bharat Ratna and India's first Minister of Education, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad. 

  • He has been one of those signatories, who, in 1997, vehemently supported the draft of Maulana Azad National Urdu University.

  • He has now become the 5th Chancellor of this prestigious temple of learning, Maulana Azad National Urdu University.

  • He is an alumnus of Delhi University and a sports enthusiast, has travelled and represented India in umpteen conference on education and governance in the US, UK, Canada, Italy, Poland, etc 

  • The motto of his life is to walk into the shoes of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad whose vision was to see India at the top notch in all walks of life.

  • Communal concord of Hindus and Muslims was at the core of the heart of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad and similar is the sentiment reflected in the words and speeches of his grandnephew Shri. Firoz Bakht Ahmed.

Major Achievements and Awards :


Dr. R. C. Sinha


Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Ramesh Chandra Sinha is the Chairman of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.

  • He is the Chief Editor of Darshanik Traimasik, a quarterly Journal of Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Parishad and also the Chief Editor of “Philosophical Quest”.   

  • He is Ph.D. from Banaras Hindu University and has been awarded Senior Fellowship by Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi to work on the project “Religious Identity and the Concept of the other”. 

  • In about forty years of teaching and research, he has written three books and edited five books.  He has contributed more than 100 articles in National and International journals. 

  • “Seemant Naitikata” (Subaltern Morality) is his new contribution in the field of Applied Philosophy.

  • He has received J.P. Lokanayak Samman from the Vice-President of India, Vidya Bhushan award from Vidwat parishad, Varanasi for his consistent and continued contribution to Academic activities. 

  • A Felicitation Volume entitled “Dimensions of Applied Philosophy” has been published by Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Perished to honor his contribution in the world of Philosophy.

Major Achievements and Awards :

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Dr. Satyanarayan Sahu

Former Joint Secretary

Rajya Sabha, New Delhi

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Sri Satyanarayan Sahu was the Joint Secretary, Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

  • Prior to Joint Secretary, he worked as a Director, Prime Minister’s Office speaking on Indian Foreign Policy and Soft Power. 

  • He believes that the Indian Parliamentary Democracy should implement a fixed tenure for parliament to provide more stability for the Union Government.  This is his response to the increasing number of coalition governments being formed at the center.

  • He further states that technological advancements are a way to further improving upon the government.

  • He believes that with the right technological innovation and subsequent application, red-tapism and corruption can both be handled very effectively. 

Major Achievements and Awards :

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Dr. Bernie Meyer (American Gandhi)


Washington State, USA

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Dr. Bernie Meyer is a long-time peace activist, dressed in traditional dhoti with walking stick, brings you the legendary, Mahatma Gandhi.

  • As Gandhi, he has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, as well as India, where he has been lovingly dubbed, "The American Gandhi."

  • An activist for forty three years, author Bernie Meyer took his message one step further and began emulating Gandhi in his dress, words, and actions.

  • In The American Gandhi, Meyer also presents cutting-edge theories about human motivation and violence utilizing Gandhi's experiences and principles.

Major Achievements and Awards :


Padmashree Dr. Pankaj Manubhai Shah

Vice President Gujarat Cancer Society 

Professor Emeritus Medical Oncology, Gujrat Cancer and research Institute,
Trustee-Sadvichar Parivar Ahmedabad

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Dr. Pankaj Shah is Padmashree Awardee (2018) and received B C Roy Award in 2005 for his significant contributions to the society.

  • He is Vice President of Gujrat Cancer Society and associated with Gujrat Cancer and Research Institute as a Professor Emeritus.  

  • He served as President Indian Society of Medical and Pediatric Oncology (1997- 1999) and

  • President Indian Society of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (1993-1994).

  • Dr. Shah is a Trustee and vice President of Sadvichar parivar.

  • He is renowned consultant in Medical Oncology.

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Prof. Dr. Subhas Sharma

Director, Indus Business Academy, Bangalore

Major Achievements and Awards :
  • Educated in India and the USA, Dr. Subhash Sharma holds a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles and Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) with an earlier background in science. 

  • In his work, Dr. Sharma combines in a creative manner Eastern and Western management ideas and approaches and provides a futuristic vision of synthesis through the metaphor of Western Windows Eastern Doors. 

  • His significant academic contributions towards a creative synthesis of Western and Eastern concepts in management and social thought have received wide attention and acknowledgment by many reputed scholars. Dr. Sharma has authored well known and path-breaking books, viz. Creation from Shunya (1993), Management in New Age: Western Windows Eastern Doors (WWED) (1996, 2006), Quantum Rope: Science, Mysticism and Management (1999) and Arrows of Time: From the Blackholes to the Nirvana Point (2001).

  • A number of his scientific and spiritual verses are quite popular among his students and professional managers across the country. Prof Subhash Sharma has the unique experience of association with many ‘creations from shunya’, particularly in the management education field in India.

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