Thursday, February 7, 2019

JNU Workshop on Modernity, Institutions and Education: Humanities, Technology and Science in a Globalized World | 11 February

Centre for Historical Studies (CAS Programme) in collaboration with USIC and School of Engineering, JNU
Cordially invite you to a 
Workshop on Modernity, Institutions and Education: Humanities, Technology and Science in a Globalized World
On 11th  February 2019
Lecture Hall 3, JNU Convention Centre

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a German Theoretical Physicist (one of 18 prominent international scientists to launch the Earth League) argued for a global interdisciplinary alliance of leading research institutes that focus on Earth system analysis and sustainability science, including economy.The 19th  century revolutionised institutions, particularly in terms of technological education to 'manage' other institutions related to environment, law and order and general material progress. The dominant historical perspective on lack of Science and technology in India is that the colonial interregnum had an adverse impact on economy which left independent India too weak for investment in heavy technology and science (Roy MacLeod and Deepak Kumar (eds), Technology and the Raj: Western Technology and Technical Transfers to India 1700-1947, Delhi: Sage, 1995).

The aim of this workshop is to engage in discussion around the all-pervasive and universal nature of scientific and technological institutions which cut across disciplines, i.e. Sciences, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Communications and Environment and Information Technology. This workshop seeks a new approach by opening up issues of social justice and social welfare to technology and sciences.   

Venue : Lecture Hall 3, Convention Centre, JNU
9:30 am : Opening remarks by CHS Chairperson, Director USIC,  Dean, School of Engineering, JNU
  • Introduction by conveners: Dr Jyoti Atwal and Prof Shatendra Sharma
09:30 – 12:00
  • Prof Harish Naraindas (CSSS, JNU): Tropical Medicine in History
  • Dr Radha Gayathri (ERRU/CHS, JNU):  Medical Educations in India: A Brief History
  • Prof SK Sharma (USIC, SE, JNU): History of Technical Institutions in India
  • Ms Priya Salam (Research Scholar, CHS, JNU): History of the IITs in India.  
High Tea: 12:00 pm
12:30 -1:30
  • Special Indo- Irish Lecture: Prof Andrew J Deeks (President, University College Dublin, Ireland) on Changes, Constants and Challenges in the Evolving University (Chaired by Ambassador of Ireland, HE Ambassador Brian McElduff)
13:45 Vote of thanks by conveners

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