International Conference on ‘Buddha’s Teachings and Their Current Relevance’

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NAMSAI- Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein attended the International Conference on “Buddha’s Teachings and Their Current Relevance” organized by the World Education Mission at Arunachal University of Studies (AUS), Namsai. The 3-day international conference sponsored by World Education Mission is organized to mark the ten-year celebration of the founding of Arunachal University of Studies in the year 2012.

Mein in his speech said, “The International Buddhist Conference conducted by FSU, Namsai is a way of expressing gratitude to eminent Buddhist philanthropists. In the era of globalization, the preservation of culture and tradition, especially of the tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh, is crucial”. He proudly explained the lifestyle and essence of the culture followed by Tai Khamtis, Tai Ahom, Tai Phake and Tai Turung citing that the community has had its own language script since time immemorial.

He informed that even the Mahabharatas and Ramayanas are written in Tai Khamti script, which signifies the richness of the Tai Khamti language. He urged the elders and the elites of the society to pass on the heritage of culture and traditions to the younger generation and said that it is the responsibility of the younger generation to pass it on to the next generations.

While congratulating AUS on the completion of its 10th anniversary of establishment, he commended the university for the introduction of the Department of Buddhist Studies which offers various courses of Buddhist studies, namely degree courses in the Pali language. , BA (Buddhist Studies), MA (Buddhist Studies) and Ph.D. (Buddhist Studies). He added that it would greatly contribute to the protection and promotion of the language and expressed the hope that the Department of Buddhist Studies will establish itself in the world.

World Education Mission President Dr. Ashwani Lochan expressed his gratitude for all of the district administration’s essential support to faculty members as the institution turns ten years older. He said: “10 years is a very short period for any institution. However, I am grateful to the people of Arunachal Pradesh who have wholeheartedly supported the university since its initial phase. The sole purpose of this conference is to bring delegates from various parts of India as well as South Asia to show the importance of Lord Buddha’s teachings which lead to a noble and peaceful life”.

He informed that Arunachal University of Studies has been offering free Pali language degree courses, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Buddhist studies since 2020 and all Buddhist education programs offered by the university are conducted under the Nang Iksha Mein Scholarship Program, in which 100% of student tuition is supported by World Education Mission.

The inaugural session witnessed the honoring of various Buddhist philanthropists and bhikkhus with awards and certificates of appreciation by Dr. Lye Ket Yong who also delivered presentations on the topic of the current relevance of Buddhism by scholars from various parts of India and South Asia. ‘.

The inaugural session of the 3-day conference was also delivered by President MEMC, Secretary of the Global Buddhist Alliance and Vice President of the United Nations Federal Peacekeepers Council, Goodwill Ambassador – UN OHCHR, Thailand, Dr. Lye Ket Yong; the RGU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Saket Kushwaha; AUS Vice Chancellor Prof. B. Mohan Kumar.

Other prominent speakers at the conference were Prof. Jasbir Singh Chawla from Punjab University, Punjab and Dr. Khenpo Konchok Thupstan from the Department of Bhoti Language and Literature, Central Institute of Buddhist Studies, in Ladakh.

Among others were the Deputy Commissioner, Namsai, RK Sharma; Superintendent of Police, Shri DW Thungon, Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, AUS Prof. Rupak Jyoti Borah; local delegates as well as faculty members and students from Arunachal University of Studies.


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