Delegates from across the country and abroad will gather here next week for a three-day conference that will try to find common ground between scientific principles, practices and traditions of Jain philosophy.
Scientists, spiritualists and philosophers will attend the meet on ‘Science and Jain Philosophy’, being organised by Bhagwan Mahavira International Research Centre of Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Rajasthan, at IIT-Bombay from January 8, a statement by the institute said.
It is being organised in collaboration with IIT-Bombay and University of Mumbai.
Former Supreme Court Judge and a member of International Court of Justice, Dalveer Bhandari, would inaugurate the conference while Union Minister Harsh Vardhan is a special invitee at the event, it said.
“It is a unique event where scientists, spiritualists and philosophers will meet on a common platform to identify gaps in viewpoints and search for common goals among these apparently diverse looking disciplines,” the statement said.
“The challenge is to seek truth by convergence of a spectrum of methods and diverse disciplines,” it added.
K P Mishra, a former scientist of BARC and Director of the conference said, scientists and philosophers from the US, UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, South Korea and Sri Lanka besides those from India have been invited to deliver lectures and take part in panel discussions.
“A special Young Researcher’s session has been organised to provide an opportunity to young minds for articulating their views, thoughts and opinions. More than 500 delegates have registered for the conference,” he said.
Union Minister of AYUSH, Health and Family Planning ShripadNaik would also attend the meet while Kiran Kumar, Chairman of ISRO, will deliver the keynote address, the statement added.