In Search of Our Nationalist Roots For A Philosophy Of Education (Papers read at a seminar held at the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, India, on 12 April 2003)

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Item Code: IDH368
Publisher: Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture
Language: English
Edition: 2019
ISBN: 9788187332312
Pages: 232(Color Illus: 8)
Cover: Hardcover
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An introspection concerning our educational system creates a feeling that the enduring philosophical ideas passed on by our eminent thinkers call for a careful review. Re-linking ourselves with this valuable legacy will give us the sense of direction in moulding our educational outlook. The Institute arranged a day-long national seminar on 12 April 2003, on the subject of 'In Search of Our Nationalist Roots for a Philosophy of Education', in which eight distinguished scholars from different parts of India participated. Every scholar presented a paper which was followed by a discussion by a panel of experts. Thus there was meaningful exchanges of views.

The seminar was inaugurated by Professor Debi Prasad Chattopadhyay, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Civilization, Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, New Delhi. In the final and open session of the seminar, the proceedings of the academic sessions were summed-up by the respective coordinators., this was followed by a question-and-answer session. This helped to clarify the subject further to the people. MM Govinda Gopal Mukhopadhyaya presented the concluding observations on the proceeding of the academic sessions.

We are grateful to the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, for its active support and financial assistance to the Institute for the seminar.

This volume contains the papers presented by the participants in the seminar, along with the salient portions of the question-and -answer sessions that followed. We are thankful to Professor Radharaman Chakrabarti, Professor Anjali Mookerjee for Editing the Proceedings.

We are saddened at the passing away of Professor Sankari Prasad Banerjee, Professor Sisir Kumar Das and Professor Satindranath Chakraborti, who were the participating Scholars in the seminar. We share the grief and offer our condolence to their bereaved families.

We hope this brief study on philosophy of education will evoke further interest among the scholars for more investigations on the subject.


Preface v
Inaugural Session  
Welcome Address 3
Swami Prabhananda  
Inaugural Address 7
D. P. Chattopadhyay  
First Academic Session  
Editor's Note 14
Radharaman Chakrabarti  
Application Of Swami Vivekananda's  
Educational Thoughts in Ramakrishna Math and Mission Institutions 17
Swami Muktidananda  
Swami Vivekananda's Educational Thoughts 32
Swami Atmapriyananda  
Evolving Education : In the Light of  
Sri Aurobindo 67
Ananda Reddy  
Freedom In Spite Of the School 88
Sisir Kumar Das  
Summing-up of the Session 96
Radharaman Chakrabarti  
Second Academic Session  
Editor's Note 102
Anjali Mookerjee  
Gandhiji on Education 108
Satindranath Chakraborti  
Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray's Ideas on  
Education for Nation-Building 121
Sushil Kumar Mukherjee  
Satis Chandra Mukherjee and National Education 129
Haridas Mukherjee  
Education for Transformation of Consciousness 144
P. Krishna  
Summing-up of the Session 160
Anjali Mookerjee  
Discussion on the paper of  
Swami Muktidanandaji Maharaj 166
Discussion on the Paper of  
Swami Atmapriyanandaji Maharaj 169
Discussion on the paper of Ananda Reddy 173
Discussion on the paper of Sisir Kumar Das 179
Discussion on the paper of  
Satindranath Chakraborti 185
Discussion on the paper of Sushil Mukherjee 189
Discussion on the paper of Haridas Mukherjee 193
Discussion on the paper of P. Krishna 195
Open Session  
Question-Answer Session (From the floor) 206
Concluding Observations 215
Govinda Gopal Mukhopadhyaya  
Chairperson's Remarks 221
National Roots of Swami Vivekananda's  
Philosophy of Education 224
R. K. Das Gupta  

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