Guru Nanak Dev University organized Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Golden Jubilee Lecture
Amritsar. March 12, 2021 : The Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University, organized The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s prestigious Golden Jubilee Conference and Lecture (GJCLSG) 2020-21 commemorating 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi on the theme “Gandhian Thought and Practice: Perspectives from the Intellectual History of Communication” . Prof. Biswajit Das, Centre for Culture Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi delivered this lecture. This lecture was hosted online by Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University under the dynamic leadership of Prof (Dr.) Jaspal Singh Sandhu, Guru Nanak Dev University,
Prof Das’s lecture addressed the importance of communicational perspective to understand Gandhi. Citing various examples he elucidated how Gandhi used his voice and the power of communication. He elaborated on the potentials of Gandhi as an intellectual and communicator, and for sociological and mass communication studies.
Professor Das is a renowned scholar, educator and media policy maker who recently published a book on ‘Gandhian Thought and Communication: Rethinking the Mahatma in the Media Age’, by Sage Publications. He is associated with various Ministries and academic institutions of India. He is the Principal Investigator of e-PG Pathshala programme in Media and Communication Studies, UGC, MHRD and INFLIBNET. He is also the President of All India Communication and Media Association.
The lecture began with opening remarks on the potential of Gandhian philosophy for academics delivered by Dr. Prachi Kaul, Director, Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi and Prof. Sarabjot Singh Behl, Dean Academic Affairs, Guru Nanak Dev University. Dr. Jesna Jayachandran, Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University welcomed the participants and introduced the theme of Gandhian thought and communication. The lecture was followed by Question Answer session. The lecture was concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Rachana Sharma, Department of Sociology, Guru Nanak Dev University.
The Distinguished lecture had a total of 150 registered participants from 92 different varsities all over India, representing almost all states with many others joining from Germany, Bangladesh, Nepal and Indonesia through various digital platforms. Apart from faculties and research scholars who participated from various colleges and universities, there were civil society groups, advocacy groups, research and consultancy groups and other academic associations who attended the lecture.
The SICI lecture was supported by funds from the Government of India. Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, New Delhi is an esteemed organization that provides access to educational resources and public lectures of India and Canada’s most renowned faculties.