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Second International 2013

Second International Conference on Spirituality and Social Work

“Enhancing Commitment for Just, Inclusive and Sustainable Societies”
(
January 3 to 5, 2013)

A Brief Report

2ndInternational Conference on Spiritualityand Social Work with focus on Enhancing Commitment for Just, Inclusive and Sustainable Societiesis jointly organised by CSRD Institute of Social Work and Research and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Chair and StudiesCentre, University of Pune during January 3 and 5, 2013. It commenced with inauguration at the hands of Dr. W N Wade, Vice Chancellor of Pune University. Dr. N M Aston, President of  BPHE Society welcomed the signatories and the delegates.Mr. Minar Pimple from UN Millennium Development Campaign delivered the keynote address. The inaugural session was also  addressed by Prof Raosaheb Kasbe, chair professor of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Chair & Studies Centre and Dr. Connie Gates from USA.The proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Spirituality and Social Work held in December 2012 was printed and released in the form of a book titled  “Lifting up the spirit, Uplifting the Body”. Director of CSRD ISWR, Dr Suresh Pathare set the context of the conference and Dr Vijay Khare delivered the vote of thanks. The inauguration was followed by a lively cultural programme presenting the social and  cultural life of rural Maharashtra.

The second day on January 04, 2013 commenced with the first Plenary Session was chaired by Prof. Sanjay Bhatt from Delhi School of Social Work. Prof. Gracious Thomas spoke on “Relevance of spirituality and religious values to social work philosophy and practice”He highlighted the philanthropic and service perspective under Hinduism, Islam, Shikisiam, Buddhism, and Christianity and related the same with social work values. Dr. Shobha Arole presented on “Spiritual  aspect of health and healing” focusing on equality, integration, alternative health care for the rural poor. Then Robin Reve addressed the participants on “Spirituality and social work linkages” with an aim towards creating a new humanitarian society balancing vibration needs to create inner energy. Minar Pimple spoke about the “Millennium Development Goals”. He expressed concern about power politics affecting the country’s development.

The 1stTechnical SessionwasChaired by Dr. P M Vasave from College of Social Work, Dhule. Prof  Swapan Garainpresented on “Faith based social work interventions”. The central theme was place of practicing professional social work in faith based organisations and NGOs. The paper concluded with a discussion on Global vs. Indian perspectives of Sampathiorientation of individuals vis-a-vis Samparadhan preached by FBOs and NGOs for public good. Dr. Meera Kulkarni spoke on “Mind in the quest for spirituality” and dealt with Positive Psychology for improving one’s life by changing one’s subjective experiences. She tool us around  Civic virtues, Self- Approval, Self love, Inner self talk, and Creating Deep and Lasting happiness. Prof.Vishnu Ghadekaraddressed the audience on “Human Rights and Right to education for Social Justice and inclusive practices”. Mr. Prashant Chaudhary enlightened on the teachings of buddhisim for dealing with unhappiness and human wants and desire for attaining right livelihood, right concentration.

There were two parallel sessions. One session was chaired by Prof  Gandhi Mati and Dr. M Arif on “Ecology and Spirituality: The Spiritual Dimension of Sustainability in the light of Qur’an” , Dr. Pradip Muttukele on “Ralegan Siddhi: A case study for social and sustainable change in drought prone rural Indian Society”,Mr. Pratap Chandra Behra on “LokasamGraha and Contemporary Ecological Crisis”  and Dr Jagdish Jadavon “Ecology and Spirituality: A Retrospection to Enhance Commitment for More Inclusive “presented papers in the broad theme of ecology, spirituality and sustainable development.

The second parallel session was chaired by Dr. Robin Reves. Mr. David Boweling on “Spirituality and Social Work Practice”  and Mrs. Vijay Lakshmi Nandapurkar on “Moral and Spiritual Values in Education” presented papers.

The post lunch second Plenary Session was chaired by Prof. Pias Moarus. Fr. Nelson presented on “World  Religion and Socio-Cosmic Harmony”. Drawing from Raja Ram Mohan Roy, he concluded that all religions were based on horizontal in structure but all of them trace vertical future, for a just, inclusive society. Prof Sanjay Bhatt addressed on the moral and spiritual values in education. He said, one must be spiritual or one must be religious; – one can’t say that I am both.  We created religion to maintain the social order in the name of God, but in spirituality there is no God.

Post plenary Session, three parallel sessions were held. Prof. K K Kanoja from  CSRD chaired on session wherein Mr. Prakash Yadav presented a paper on “Social Justice for inclusive growth and development” (2) Dr. Jaimon Varghese addressed on “Spirituality Sensitive social work practice : A National study of Professional Social Workers in India” concluding that 80% students are aware about spirituality and many of them  practice the spirituality in their field work; (3) Dr. Sudha Kankaria spoke on “Save for girl child, role of spirituality, social justice”.

The other parallel session was chaired by Fr Nelson Falcav. The paper presenters were Mr Prakash S Patil & Mrs Snhal J Divekar on “Spiritulity,Health, Healing and their Connectivity”,  Mr Suresh Mugatmal on Mugatmal “Budhist Spirituality and Health” and Mr Vijaykumar Kadam on“DisAbility: Perspective and statistics”

The third parallel session was chaired by Prof.(Mrs.) MandaWagh. There were two paper presenters were  Linda Therese Luizon “Healing and Hallelujah: The Contribution of a Retreat Centre to Public Health” and  Prof Pius Moras on “Spirituality in Professional Life)”.

The day ended with a workshop on meditation by Dr. Mrs. S R Dshmukh.

On 3rd Day, the day began with screening a documentary on the life of Mother Teresa.  the plenary was Chaired by Mr. Bendelu. Presenters were Rev. Dr. Joseph Kavalakkat, Fr. Kuruvillia and Dr. Neela Onawale.

First parallel session was chaired by Dr. Ramesh pathare. Presenters Dr. Channaveer R M on “Satyhagraha :A Philosophy for Social Action” Prof. K KKanojiaon “Swami Vivekanand And Today’s India”andDr. GhanashyamYelneon “Spirituality and Rural Reconstruction: Ideals and Ideas of RashtrasanthTukdojiMaharaj”

Second Parallel session was chaired by Dr. VasantBarve, Dr. MangalPansare on “The role of moral and spiritual values in education for enhancing commitment to inclusive and sustainable soceities with reference to Manashakti”, Dr. A. S. Raju with GirishHiradeon “Freedom Of Religion, Secularism Vis-À-Vis Uniform Civil Code And Social Harmony: The Role Of Judiciary In Indian Context” and Mr. Atul More on “Religion, Morality And Law – In The Perspective Of Buddhism”.

The rapporteurs were SudhirMashke, DayaWagmare, Shiva BasavanaChalwadi, RatnadeepGaikwad, SushantPaikwao, TusharGade.

In total there were 11 sessions and 34 scholarly papers were presented.

Second  International Conference on
Enhancing Commitment for Just, Inclusive and Sustainable Societies
3 – 5 January 2013
Day- I : 3rd January 2013
Time No. Event
10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m Registration
4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m Inaugural Function
Prayer Song
Institute Song
Welcome Address: Dr. NM Aston
Background of the Conference: Dr. Suresh Pathare
Address by:
Dr. Raosaheb Kasbe
Dr. Sudhir Tambe
Ms. Connie Gates
Release of the Book ‘Lifting Up the Spirit, Uplifting the Body’
Inaugural Address: Prof. WN Gade
Keynote Address: Mr. Minar Pimple
Vote of Thanks: Dr. Vijay Khare
6.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Cultural Programme
7.00 p.m. Dinner
Day- II : 4th January 2013
9.00 am – 10.30 am Session 1 (Plenary)
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
Chairperson: Prof. Sanjai Bhatt
1 Gracious Thomas (Philanthropic Social Work)
2 Shobha Arole (Spiritual Aspects of Health and Healing)
3 Robin Reeves (Blending of East and West in Clinical Social Work)
4 Minar Pimple (Inclusive and Sustainable Development)
10.30 am-10.45 a.m Tea Break
10.45 am – 12.00a.m. Session 2 (Parallel)
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
Chairperson: Prof. PM Vasave
5 Prof. Swapan Garain (Faithbased Social Work Intervention)
6 Dr. Meera Kulkarni (Mind in the quest for spirituality)
7 Prashant Chaudhary (Buddhism and Social Harmony : A Study of Mahabodhi International)
8 Vishnu Gadekar(Human Rights and Right to Education for Social Justice)
12.00 p.m. – 1.15 p.m Session 3 (Parallel)
Rev. J. Barnabas Hall (First Floor)
Chairperson: Prof. Gandhimathi
9 Dr. Mohammed Arif (Ecology and Spirituality: The Spiritual Dimension of Sustainability in the light of Qur’an)
10 Pradip Mutkule (Ralegan Siddhi: A case study for social and sustainable change in drought prone rural Indian Society)
11 Pratap Chandra Behera(Lokasam Graha and Contemporary Ecological Crisis)
12 Dr. Jagdish Jadhav(Ecology and Spirituality: A Retrospection to Enhance Commitment for More Inclusive
and Sustainable Societies)
12.00 p.m. – 1.15 p.m Session 4 (Parallel)
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
Chairperson: Ms. Robin Reeves Oppenheim
13 David Bowling (Spirituality and Social Work Practice)
14 Vijayalaxmi Nandapurkar (Moral and Spiritual Values in Education)
1.15 p.m. – 2.30 p.m Lunch Break
2.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m. Session 5 (Plenary)
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
Chairperson: Mr. Pious Moras
15  Fr. Nelson Falcao: World Religions and Socio-cosmic Harmony
16 Prof. Sanjai Bhatt: Moral and Spiritual Values in Education
3.45 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Tea Break
4.00 p.m. – 5.15 p.m. Session 6 (Parallel)
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
Chairperson: Prof. (Mrs.) Wagh
17 Linda Therese Luiz (Healing and Hallelujah: The Contribution of a Retreat Centre to Public Health)
18 Pius Moras (Spirituality in Professional Life)
4.00 p.m. – 5.15 p.m. Session 7 (Parallel)
Rev. J. Barnabas Hall (First Floor)
Chairperson: Fr. Nelson
19 Prakash S. Patil & Snehal J. Divekar (Spirituality, Health, Healing and Their Connectivity)
20 Suresh Mugutmal (Buddhist Spirituality in Health)
21 Vijaykumar Kadam (Disability: Perspective and Statistics)
4.00 p.m. – 5.15 p.m. Session 8 (Parallel)
CSRD Auditorium
Chairperson: Mr. KK Kanojia
22 Dr. Jaimon Varghese  (Role of Spirituality in Enhancing Commitment for Just, Inclusive and Sustainable Societies – A National Study on Professional Social Workers)
23 Prakash Yadav(Social Justice: A key factor of Inclusive Growth and Development)
24 Dr. Sudha Kankaria (Gender Justice: Issues and Challenges)
5.15 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Session 9: Meditation
25 Dr. Mrs. SR Deshmukh (Meditation & Health – Workshop)
7.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Dinner
Day -III:  5th January 2013
9.00 a.m.- 9.30 a.m. Documentary Screening: Mother Teresa
9.30 a.m.- 11.00 a.m. Session 10 (Plenary)
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
Chairperson: Dr. Priyadarshan Bandelu
26 Fr. Kuruvilla: Spirituality that matters: Impulses and Correctives from Social Work Practices
27 Neela Onavale: Contribution of Deepgriha Society: Commitment for Inclusive and Sustainable Societies
28  Rev. Dr. Joseph Kavalakkat: Prison Ministry India (PMI) – A Faithbased Organisation in the Field of Prisoners’ Holistic Rehabilitation
11.00 a.m.- 11.15 a.m. Tea Break
11.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Session 11 (Parallel)
Chairperson: Dr. Ramesh Pathare
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
29 Dr. Ghanshyam Yelne: Spirituality and Rural Reconstruction: Ideals and Ideas of Rashtrasanth Tukdoji Maharaj)
30 Dr. Channaveer R.M (Satyhagraha :A Philosophy for Social Action)
31 K. K. Kanojia (Swami Vivekanand And Today’s India)
11.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Session 12 (Parallel)
Chairperson: Dr. Vasanth Barve
Rev. J. Barnabas Hall (First Floor)
32 Dr. Mangala Pansare (The role of moral and spiritual values in education for enhancing commitment to inclusive and sustainable soceities with reference to Manashakti Research Centre, Lonavala)
33 Atul More (Religion, Morality And Law – In The Perspective Of Buddhism)
34 Dr. AS Raju and Girish Hirade (Freedom Of Religion, Secularism Vis-À-Vis Uniform Civil Code And Social Harmony: The Role Of Judiciary In Indian Context)
12.30 p.m. Valedictory Function
T. Barnabas Golden Jubilee Hall
1.15 p.m – 2.30 pm. Lunch