Chandigarh January 23, 2020:In commemoration of the birthday of Swami Vivekananda Ji, University School of Open Learning (USOL), P.U. organized an “Open Forum” themed “India of Vivekananda” to have deliberations on the life, teachings and interventions of Vivekananda.
The forum primarily focused on the Vivekananda’s Vision of India which includes
humanism, tolerance, inclusion, justice and value-inculcation.
His exemplary life and vision provides spiritual, intellectual and ethical resources that may be appropriated for the cultivation of the human psyche as well as social transformation and awakening.
On the occasion, the Dean University Instruction, Prof. Shankarji Jha stressed
the significance of the Vedantic philosophy that included an emphasis on “Unity in
diversity”, tolerance and integration of preaching and practice.
The keynote speaker Prof. H.P. Sah from Philosophy spoke about the significance of
the speech of Vivekananda at London in 1896, to focus on an alternative vision of life
including detachment and freedom from bondage. His life is a message, the professor
Alkatiri from the Vivekananda Kendra, Chandigarh spoke on the expansion of
consciousness from self to family to society to Nation for the building of cosmopolitan
Dr. Pankaj Srivastava from the Philosophy department spoke on the significance of
Vivekananda’s teachings for the youth. Swami Aseemananda, founder Atmalingan Gurukulam,
spoke on the exploration of the truth, unity between doing and being and the educational
significance of Vivekananda’s teachings.
Piyush Punj, Principal, Vivekananda Millenium School, Pinjore, spoke on how
he trains the students in his school keeping in view the vision and teachings of the
The USOL Chairperson, Prof. Madhurima Verma welcomed the dignitaries,
introduced the theme and emphasized the significance of Vivekananda’s teachings in the
cultivation of human sensibility and agency.
The event included students’ presentations from Govt. Model High School,
Sector-12, Chandigarh and made a poetic presentation. The forum included an active
participation from the faculty members from the different departments of the