Science and Spirituality are the two dominant forces involving deep intellectual, philosophical and psychological approaches for the well-being of mankind. However, modern education with an over emphasized importance and advocacy towards the cultivation of science and technology without a spiritual dimension has caused an imbalance in the self, the society, the nation and the world. Hence, there appears a need to increase the awareness towards the synthesis of science and spirituality to broaden intellectual perspectives, and thereby harmonize the society.
The 9th All India Students' Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest (AISSQ-2015) held at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, West Bengal, India from 30 October to 1 November, 2015 aimed at bringing together a number of leading experts from all over the world on a common platform to present and outline their vision for the benefit of the humanity in search for deeper questions of the life and cosmos.
More than 600 leading social, scientific and spiritual thinkers and students from leading academic and R&D institutions from India and abroad participated in the conference. Plenary and keynote lectures covering major areas of science and spirituality were delivered by eminent speakers. Also, students participated through Posters and an Essay Competition.
Physics and Beyond
Reflecting on wide range of topics from particle physics to cosmology and from quantum physics to consciousness, an attempt was made to understand existence of ultimate reality.
Machines, Mind and Consciousness
The topic involved a closer dissection from an interdisciplinary approach that amalgamated concepts from artificial intelligence and computing, biology and laws of consciousness.
Mathematics and Spirituality
The topic covered the close link of divine inspiration behind famous mathematical ideas. Mathematics being the foundation of all sciences seems to be having the closest link with even more fundamental aspects that are profoundly attributed to spirituality.
Life - It's Origin and Purpose
What is Life and What is matter ? What is the purpose of Life? What is the Origin of Life? The topic involved both technical and philosophical issues.
Spirituality and Health
The topic covered the broad spectrum of spirituality and health intends to provide a greater emphasis towards applying traditional Indian spirituality in the health care of modern day world.
Science, Environment, Ethics and Spirituality
Ethics are essential for the modern scientists and engineers. The interesting issue then onwards is to visualize whether ethics can be self driven or they have to be derived from the highest accolades of spirituality.
Vedanta and Science
Various scintillating topics in the field of Vedanta and Science included a) the scientific basis of spirituality b) Fundamental and applied Vedanta in modern scientific purview c) Comparative assessment of the foundations associated to both platforms and d) furthering the synergy between Vedanta and science.
Ultimate Reality - Scientific and Spiritual Paths
The interesting issue with regards to these two paths is to critically examine whether they are convergent or they run parallel to one another. To draw commendable conclusions, a deeper study of both scientific and spiritual paths is mandatory.
Ancient Indian Science
It would be a great excitement and valuable attempt to explore and remind ourselves of the contributions of our ancient seers in today's age of science and technology, and express our salutes to them.
His Excellency Shri K. N. Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal
Guest of Honors
Prof. P. P. Chakraborty,
Director IIT Kharagpur
Dr. B. D. Mundhra,
Managing Director, Simplex Infrastructures Limited
Dr.H. P. Kanoria,
Chairman and Managing Director SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited
His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Nirmalanandanatha Maha Swamiji
Prof. K. L. Chopra,
Padma Sri, Ex-Director, IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Christoph Benz Müller, Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Foundation, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Freie University Berlin, Germany
Prof. Nalin Chandra Wikramasinghe, Director, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, UK
Prof. P. B. Sharma,
VC, Amity University Haryana, Gurgaon, Ex–VC, Delhi Technological University, Delhi
Dr. A. K. Mukhopadhyay,
Professor, AIIMS, New Delhi
Dr. Subhash C. Mishra,
Professor, IIT Guwahati
Dr. Sandip Kumar,
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Varanasi
Dr. Ramjee Repaka,
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical Materials and Energy Engineering, IIT Ropar
Prof. R. Uppaluri,
IIT Gawahati and Prof. M. Manjunath, IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Debashish Khan,
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT (BHU) Varanasi
Dr. Hare Krishna Mohanta,
Department of Chemical Engineering, BITS, Pilani
Prof. Sudipto Ghosh
Professor, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering