2nd All India Student’s Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest (AISSQ-2006) (AISSQ-2006)

Venue: The conference will be held in Town Hall, Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India.

Location: Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India

Event Date/Time: Dec 09, 2006 End Date/Time: Dec 10, 2006
Registration Date: Nov 05, 2006
Early Registration Date: Oct 31, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Nov 01, 2006
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Objective of the Conference

The priceless wealth of knowledge provided by the self realized scholars of Vedanta in the form of revealed scriptures could provide many vital insights in expanding the scientific knowledge of life and origin of the universe. A synthetic approach between modern science and the vedantic knowledge could help the sincere seekers of truth to deeply investigate and bring breakthroughs in resolving the deeper
reality. The 2nd All India Student’s Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest (AISSQ-2006) is a humble attempt by the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata to bring together the intellectual minds from various scientific and philosophical backgrounds to discuss the topics related to some of the most fundamental aspects of science such as life and the universe and their origin, and the nature of ultimate reality.

Conference Location

The conference will be held in Town Hall, Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India. Jagannath Puri is one of the most popular tourist destinations of India. It is famous for the pristine Jagannath temple, the grand Jagannath Rath Yatra, delicious mahaprasadam and beatiful sea
beach. People from all over India flock to Jagannath Puri during the Ratha Yatra and winter
season. The weather during the month of December
is very pleasant.

Food, Accommodation and Tour

The organizers will arrange lunch and dinner for all the delegates and their spouses during the conference period. Delicious vegetarian specialities will be served. Accommodation
will be arranged for all the participants who will register before the 15th November. The cost of food and accommodation is included in the registration fee. Post conference tours will be arranged for interested delegates. Delegates interested in postconference tour should inform the organizers before November
15 and additionally pay Rs. 150 per person.


Science and Spiritual Quest 2006 is organized by
Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata.

Advisory Committee

Shishir Kumar Dube, Director, IIT Kharagpur
Jagadish. N. Srivastava, Prof. Emeritus, Colorado State Univ.
P. B. Sharma, Principal, Delhi College of Engineering
R. V. Raja Kumar, Dean (Academic), IIT Kharagpur

Organizing Committee

H.H.Bhaktiswarupa Damodara Swami (Dr. T. D. Singh), International Director Bhaktivedanta Institute
Varun Agarwal, Research Scholar, Bhaktivedanta Institute
Phalguni Banerjee, Research Scholar, IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Kanchan Chowdhury, Professor, Head of Cryogenic
Centre, IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Sudipto Ghosh, Assistant Professor IIT Kharagpur
Dr. P.K.Giri, Associate Professor IIT Guwahati
Debashish Khan, Research Scholar, IIT Kharagpur
Bhaskar Kumar, Research Scholar, IIT Kanpur
P. Suresh Kumar, Research Scholar, IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Subhash C. Mishra, Professor, Dean of Academic
Affairs, IIT Guwahati
Dr. Hare Krishna Mohanta, Assistant Professor, BITS PIlani
G. Tirupati Rao, Tata Technologies Ltd., Jamsedpur
K. Vasudeva Rao, Research Scholar, Bhaktivedanta Institute
Ramjee Repaka, Research Scholar, IIT Kharagpur
Gaurav Silwal, B.Tech., IIT Kharagpur
Dr. P. K. Singh, Reader, IT-BHU
Dr. Manoranjan Sinha, Assistant Professor, IIT Kharagpur
Abinash Kumar Swain, Research Scholar, IISc, Bangalore
Abhishek Tewari, Research Scholar, Univ. of Illinois, USA
Dr. Ram Gopal Uppaluri, Assistant Professor, IIT Guwahati


This conference is partly funded by the Metanexus Institute, USA under its Local Societies Initiative (LSI) program.

Program Overview

Saturday December 9, 2006

08:30 – 10:30 Invocation & Welcome
Keynote Address (Dr. William Grassie, Founder
and Exec. Director, Metanexus Institute, USA)
10:30 – 10:45 Herbal Tea Break
10:45 – 12:00 Process of Scientific and Spiritual Inquiry
12:15 – 13:30 Jagannath Puri Mahaprasadam
13:30 – 16:00 Scientific Exploration of God
16:00 – 19:00 Ranganiketan Dance & Kirtan, Movie Show
19:00 Mahaprasadam

Sunday December 10, 2006

08:30 – 10:30 Origin of Universe: Big Bang and Big Vision
10:30 – 10:45 Herbal Tea Break
10:45 – 12:00 Life & its Origin; Search for Spiritual Paradigm
12:15 – 13:30 Jagannath Puri Mahaprasadam
13:30 – 16:00 Jumping into the Ocean of Love at Jagannath Puri Dham
16:00 - 17:00 Return to Hotel
17:00 – 18:00 Visit of Jagannath Temple with
Kirtan. Relish Khichdi and Special Jagannath Puri Dalma Mahaprasadam

All India Students’ Essay Competition

Topic: India should focus on
a Balanced Growth of
Scientific Temper and Spiritual Wisdom

No participation fee for the essay competition

Benefits for Participants:

i) Can get 15% discount on purchase of Bhaktivedanta Institute’s publications.
ii) Will get an article on Vedanta and science written by Dr. T.D. Singh, International Director, Bhaktivedanta Institute through e-mail (bi@binstitute.org).
iii) Will get the free subscription for Bhaktivedanta Institute’s e-Newsletter.

Reward for the Best Essay:

i) The Essay will be published in Tattva Jijnasa , the annual student’s magazine of the Bhaktivedanta Institute (subject to changes suggested by the Editorial Board).
ii) Can present the essay in AISSQ-2006 at Puri (Dec. 9-10, 2006).
iii) Get prizes (Gold Medal, publications of Bhaktivedanta Instituteand Cash Prize).

Essay should be submitted on or before November 1st, 2006

Results will be announced on 10th November.

Winner will be informed through e-mail and by post.

Instructions to Participants:

1. Graphs, Tables, Pictures and Schematic Sketches may be included. References must be cited.
2. Submission Procedure: Can be submiited online (in MS Word Format) to the following e-mail address: essays2006@binstitute.org .

Essays can also be sent by post to the following address:

RC/8, Raghunathpur, Manasi Manjil Building,
Fourth Floor, VIP Road, Kolkata - 700 059, India


Additional Information

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM can be obtained at: http://www.binstitute.org/conference2006/conference2006.pdf After filling the REGISTRATION FORM Fax to: +91-33-2500-6091 or Mail to: BHAKTIVEDANTA INSTITUTE, RC/8, Raghunathpur, Manasi Manjil Building, Fourth Floor, VIP Road, Kolkata - 700 059, India Email: conference2006@binstitute.org Dial: +91-33-2500-9018 Participant Details Title: Dr. / Miss / Mr. / Mrs / Ms / Prof. First Name Surname Organisation / Institution name Address Town Post State Country Tel Fax Email Registration Fee Participants: Rs. 250 Spouse: Rs. 250 Payment Details Payment can be made before 5th November, 2006 through Money Order / Demand Draft drawn in favor of “Bhaktivedanta Institute” from any nationalised bank payable at Kolkata. Send the duly filled registration form along with Money Order/Demand Draft to the address mentioned at the top. Declaration (Please note that unsigned forms cannot be accepted) Signed Date The registration fee includes: Herbal Tea Breaks Lunches (Saturday - Sunday) Dinners (Saturday - Sunday) Accommodation (Friday - Sunday) Sight Seeing Tour of Puri (optional) (Post Conference Tour of Puri)