The Indian Philosophical Congress – 92nd Session

On behalf of the Indian Philosophical Congress, we extend you the most cordial invitation to attend its 92nd Session, to be hosted by Holistic Science Research Center, Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation, Surat-394 185, Gujarat from January 5-7, 2018. The Asian Philosophy Conference will be held on 3rd and 4th January 2018, (Topic for the APC “Asian Perspectives on Holistic Modes of Thinking and Ways of Living”) and IPC is from 5th January 5-7, 2018. (Topic: “Holistic Way of Life and Living”) Members are requested to participate both in the Asian Philosophy Conference as well as IPC. Arrangements for lodging and boarding will be made from 2nd January to enable the members to participate in both events. Prof. K.N. Tiwari, Professor & Head (Retd.), Dept. of Philosophy, Bhagalpur University, Bihar, is the General President of the 92nd IPC session.

The Vice Chancellors/Directors/Deans are requested to nominate delegates from their Universities/Institutes to attend the 92ndSessionof the Congress. The Heads of the Departments of Philosophy and the members of the Indian Philosophical Congress are requested to disseminate this information in their institutions and academic circles.

IPC Membership Fees

Three categories of membership fees of the IPC are as follows: Life Membership: Rs.3000/- Ordinary Membership: Rs.500/(annual) Associate Membership: Rs. 150/-(annual for students) All persons (excluding Life members) attending the Congress are required to pay the membership fee of the IPC. The fee may be paid along with the registration fee of the92ndSession.

Submission of Papers

20th November 2017 is the last date for submission of abstracts of 500 words along with papers of not more than 1500 words (4 pages, double spaced). Paper writers are requested to furnish proof of their membership of IPC while submitting papers in either soft or hardcopy to: Mr. L.D. Patel, Local Secretary, IPC, 92nd Session, Holistic Science Research Center, Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation, Surat-394 185.

Essay Competitions

B.N. Seal Memorial Essay Competition:
Topic: Comparative Religion
Bhavananda Datta Memorial Essay Competition:
Topic: Environmental Ethics: Indian Perspectives
Essay Competition on Holistic Science of Life&Living:
Topic: Holistic Science of Life & Living as Revealed by Dada Bhagwan

Students interested to participate in the essay competitions are required to send their typed essays (two copies) duly forwarded by the Head of their Institutes along with summaries in 200 words and proof of membership of IPC on any of the following topics to: Prof. D A Gangadhar (Dept of Philosophy & Religion, BHU, Varanasi221005), VimalKhnj, Ganga Pradhosan Road, Bagawanpur, Benaras Hindu University, Varanasi, 221005, UP. ( by 20th November, 2017.

This trust comprises the following awards:
1. Swami Pranavananda Philosophy National Award
2. Swami Pranavananda Philosophy Book Award
3. Swami Pranavananda Philosophy Essay Award

Essay Topic: The relevance of Philosophy for the 21st Century. The Departments of Philosophy of Universities, Institutes and Colleges may send their nominations, along with the bio-data of the nominees for the National Award. Authors may send 3 copies of their books for the Book Award. Books published during the year 2017 are considered for the award. Students who are interested in participating in the above essay competition should send their essays in two copies along with summaries in 200 words & proof of membership of IPC. Nominations, books, and essays for the above, must reach Prof Y S Shastri, Vice-Chancellor, Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Barla, Madhya Pradesh – 464551, ( by 20th November 2017.

How to Reach the Venue

The Holistic Science Research Center, Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation, Near MahavidehTeerthDham, Kamrej, Surat, is at Kamrej, is 18 kms distance from the Surat Railway station, and 30 kms from the Surat Airport.. The venue is located on the National Highway between Mumbai (276 kms) and Ahmedabad (244 kms). Auto/Taxi/State Transport /BRTS and Municipal buses are available from the Railway station. Arrangements will be made to receive the participants from the Rly.station and Airport. Temperature: Maximum 28 degree Celsius and minimum 13 degree Celsius may be expected during January in Surat.


The registration fee covers both Asian Philosophy Conference and Indian Philosophical Congress: Regular: Rs3000/- Senior Citizen: Rs.2600/- Student: Rs 1500/- Foreigners: USD 50 (please add IPC membership fee as noted above) The fee may be deposited in the Account no: 275810110010054, IFSC Code: BKID0002758, MICR Code 395013012, Account Name: Local Secretary, 92nd Session of Indian Philosophical Congress. Bank Name: Bank of India, NavagamKamrej Char Rasta, Surat. The participants are advised to preferably remit the registration fees by electronic transfer like NEFT or IMPS using the above details. Alternatively, they may send their registration fees by way of a DD or Cheque drawn in favour of “Local Secretary, 92nd Session of IPC”, payable at Bank of India. The DD/Cheque may be directly deposited in any branch of Bank of India and receipt may be sent with a covering letter to Holistic Science Research Center, VVCRF, Near Mahavideh Teerthdham, Kamrej, Surat (Gujarat). Life members should include proof of membership. Registration fee and abstracts may be sent to: Mr. L.D. Patel, Local Secretary, IPC, 92nd Session, Holistic Science Research Center, VitragVignan Charitable Research Foundation, Surat-394185. Email:, Mob: 91-9687939853 or 91-02772271096

Invitation to Members - 92nd Session - January 5-7, 2018

Organizing Institution:

Holistic Science Research Center
Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation
Surat – 394 185 GUJARAT

Venue of Session:

Holistic Science Research Center
Vitrag Vignan Charitable Research Foundation
Near Mahavideh TeerthDham,
Kamrej Surat-394 185 GUJARAT

Prof S. Panneerselvam
General Secretary, IPC Former Head,
Dept. of Philosophy, University of Madras
Chennai 600005
(Mobile: 9841059170)


General President:

Prof. K. N. Tiwari
Professor & Head (Retd.) Dept. of Philosophy,
Bhagalpur University,

Endowment Lectures

Pratap Seth Vedanta Lecture:

Prof. B.P. Siddhashrama
Former Head, Dharward University,

Buddha Jayanti Lecture:

Prof. Vaidyanath Labdh
Dean, Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies,
Barla, Madhya Pradesh

AcharyaTulsi Endowment Lecture:

Prof. Samini Chaitanya Pragya
JVBI, Rajasthan

Swami Narayana Theistic Vedanta Lecture:

Prof. Sunanda Shastri,
Dept of Sanskrit,
Gujarat University,

Khwaja M A Hay Lecture on Humanism:

Prof. D.K. Mohanta
Former Vice Chancellor
Kalyan University,

Gujarat Vidyapeeth Lecture on Gandhian Philosophy & Peace:

Dr. Tridip Suhrud
Director, Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram

Vallabha Vedanta Lecture:

Prof. Ananda Mishra,
Dept. of Philosophy,
BHU Varanasi,

Professor Ganesh Prasad Das Lecture on Inter-Cultural and Inter-Religious Understanding:

Prof. Tabassum Sheikh,
Dept. of Philosophy,
G.M. MominWomen’s College, Bhiwandi
University of Mumbai

Daya Krishna Memorial Lecture:

Prof. S.P. Gautam,
Dept of Philosophy, J.N.U.
New Delhi

K.S. Murthy Memorial Lecture:

Prof. Jata Shankar,
Dept of Philosophy,
Allahabad University,
Allahabad, UP

Papiya Ghosh Memorial Lecture:

Prof. Laxmi Kanta Padhi,
University of North Bengal,
Siliguri, West Bengal

Endowment lecture on Holistic Science of Life & Living as revealed by Dada Bhagwan:

Dr. J.M. Dave,
Director, Swaminarayan Research Institute,
New Delhi

Sri Sathguru Swami Gnananda Saraswathi Endowment Lecture:

Prof. K. Srinivasan,
Former Principal,
RKM Vivekananda College,

Sectional Presidents

History of Philosophy:

Prof. Rajat Bhattacharyya,
University of Burdwan,
Burdwan, West Bengal

Logic & Scientific Method:

Dr. M.P. Singh,
Former Member Secretary ICPR,
New Delhi

Metaphysics & Epistemology:

Prof. Dilip Charan,
Head, Dept. of Philosophy
Gujarat University, Ahmedabad

Ethics & Social Philosophy:

Prof. Avinash Kumar Srivastava,
Head, Dept. of Philosophy,
Magadh University, P.G. Campus,
Nalanda, Bihar


Prof. D. Balaganapathy,
Dept. of Philosophy,
University of Delhi, Delhi

Symposium I –Integral Humanism

Prof. Ranjan Panda,
Dept. of HSS, IIT, Mumbai.

Dr. Aditya Gupta,
Dept of Philosophy,
Delhi University, Delhi

Dr. S. Manikandan
Head, Dept. of Philosophy,
A.M. Jain College, Chennai

Dr. Madhu Bala Kumari,
Head, Dept. of Philosophy,
Z.A. Islamic College, Bihar

Symposium II – Philosophical Methodology

Prof. X.P. Mao,
Dept. of Philosophy, NEHU,
Shillong, Meghalaya

Dr. Sachchidananda Mishra,
Dept of Philosophy, BHU,
Varanasi, UP

Dr.Nandini Mishra,
Dept of Philosophy, Rawansha University,
Cuttack, Odisha

Dr. Bharath Kumar,
Dept. of HSS, IIT,
Indore, M.P.

Office Bearers


Prof. S. R. Bhatt,
Former Professor & Head, Dept of Philosophy,
University of Delhi
Chairman, ICPR, New Delhi
Mobile: 09599955780

General Secretary

Prof. S. Panneerselvam,
Former Head, Dept. of Philosophy,
University of Madras, Chennai
Mobile: 09841059170

Vice Chairpersons

Prof S K Singh,
Former Pro Vice Chancellor,
Veer Kunwar Singh University,
Mobile: 09431670221

Prof D A Gangadhar,
Former Professor,
Dept of Philosophy & Religion,
Mobile: 09452074375

Joint Secretaries

Prof Yajneswar Shastri,
Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies,
Barla, Madhya Pradesh
Mobile: 09898546883

Prof. Sreekala M. Nair,
Head, Dept. of Philosophy,
Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit,
Kalady, Kerala.
Mobile: 09496226842


Prof Debika Saha,
Dept. of Philosophy,
University of North Bengal
Siliguri, West Bengal
Mobile: 09433772141