LPU School of Social Sciences and Languages recently conducted the two-day International Symposium on the ‘Interdisciplinary Hermeneutic: Reappraising the Socio-Cultural Episteme’ at the Uni Auditorium of the campus. The symposium witnessed the presence of eminent creators, authors, poets, sociologists and psychologists including the following personalities:
- Shiksha Rattan Puraskar winner Dr Nandini Sahu, who is also presently the Director, School of Foreign Languages, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU); a poet, critic and folklorist.
- Surjit Patar (Padma Shri), Chairman, Punjab Arts Council, Chandigarh
- Shah Alam, Professor in Psychology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
- Shree Madan Kashyap, Author and Poet of Hindi, Awardee Shamsher Samman, Banarasi Prasad Samman
- Satish Kumar, Sociologist and Former Dean, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla
The symposium majorly aimed at driving students towards embracing and practising Inter-Disciplinary Research. The speakers put emphasis on the different inter-disciplinary perspectives to unravel new horizons of socio-cultural studies.
Considered as a living legend in Punjabi literature, Dr. Surjit Patar talked about how a multi-disciplinary approach can lead to a better understanding of the realities of life. He also quoted some of his most famous poetic lines and enlightened the audience about using a metaphor in different ways.
Impressed by the world-class infrastructure of LPU, Dr. Nandini Sahu told about her literary journey. She advised all the students to keep in touch with their teachers to learn about innovations and research works while pursuing inter-disciplinary assignments. Dr. Sahu also said, “real literature can be from any discipline with its full understanding and intellectual framework”.
Sociologist Dr. Satish advised students to expand the horizons of their knowledge by staying connected with social philosophy and the past.
Organising Secretary Dr. Pavitar Parkash Singh and Convener of the symposium, Dr. Ajoy Batta thanked the eminent guests for giving their valuable time for enlightening and evoking LPU students about the much-needed knowledge. One of the LPU students pursuing BA English Honours, Shiksha shared that it was a rare chance to gain knowledge from so many intellectuals at a single event.