45th Seminar Press Release

45th ACPI Research Seminar

Kolkata, 14-16 Oct, 2022

The Association of Christian Philosophers of India (ACPI) held its 45th annual research seminar at the Morning Star College Barrackpore, Kolkata, from 14 – 16 October, 2022, on the theme: “Emancipative Education: Policies and Practices”.

The Keynote Address was delivered by Bagdogra Bishop Vincent Aind. The Bishop emphasized the point that while a lot of effort is being put in to make education skill and job-oriented, similar attention needs to be given to making education an emancipative process, for persons and society at large.

The research papers presented at the seminar proposed philosophies, policies and practices aimed at enhancing the quality of education as an important social offering. It was felt that educational stakeholders—management, staff, students, parents—need to view education as an important means to nurture civic responsibility. The cultivation of critical, creative and inclusive thinking will enable a holistic and transformative outcome, translating into a positive contribution towards development at various fronts—economic, political and cultural.

Study and research need to be more consciously related to finding solutions for social and environmental problems. Education needs to be inclusive, accessible and interdisciplinary—aspirational goals which find expression in the National Educational Policy. Temptations related to the commercialization of education need to be eschewed, as well as the counterproductive designing of educational programmes which cultivate inflexible, fundamentalist and divisive dispositions.

The last ACPI research seminar was held in October 2019, at the St. Joseph Vaz Centre in Old Goa, on the theme “Philosophizing Science: Promises, Perils and Possibilities”. The papers from this seminar were now released in the form of a book with the same title, edited by Joy Alumkal, and published by Christian World Imprints (CWI), Delhi.

 

 

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