It becomes a matter of great importance to find the individual’s place in the rapidly transforming world we live in, especially at times of great socio-political chaos. To this end, Amrita Darshanam, International Centre for Spiritual Studies, celebrated the 'World Philosophy Day' on November 14, 2016, in association with the Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi.
The World Philosophy Day, proclaimed by UNESCO to be celebrated every third Thursday of November, is observed throughout the world to gain recognition for the teaching of the same and emphasize the significance of this discipline, especially for young people. The objective is to encourage students to have an active interest in philosophy to develop critical and independent thought for working towards a better understanding of the world and uphold tolerance and peace.
During the sessions, two eminent scholars Dr. K. S. Radhakrishnan (Former P.S.C. Chairman) & Dr. Sreekumar Nellickappilly (IIT, Chennai) presented their views on the theme ‘Autonomy/Swaraj’ from both traditional and modern perspectives. The event was attended by students of the Schools of Engineering and Arts and Sciences and the seminar concluded with a question answer session where many social ideologies were shared by the speakers.