Asian Voice - Saturday 6th November 2010
Ahimsa Day celebrated in the Parliament The 8th Ahimsa Day was celebrated in the House of Commons on 20th October. The theme for the evening was “The Relief of Poverty through Education”. Members of Parliament came and went during the evening depending on when they had to speak or vote as an important bill was being discussed in the Parliament. The Institute of Jainology welcomed those who joined them, even for a little while. The evening began with recitation of namokar mantra, followed by short welcome speeches from the hosts of the event: Lady Dholakia, deputising for Lord Dholakia, on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Friends of India; Priti Patel MP, deputising for Stephen Hammond MP on behalf of Conservative Friends of India; and Barry Gardiner on behalf of Labour Friends of India. Dr Harshard Sanghrajka, trustee, Director and Secretary also formally welcomed guests on behalf of the Institute itself. The guest speaker Professor Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University, spoke of his inspiring work in education innovation, in India and the UK. His findings have revolutionised the
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way in which educationalists think about the role of teachers, and his discovery of “self-organised learning units”. Following Professor Mitra’s speech, “Jain Tales”; a storybook designed for primary school students was launched. Jaysukh Mehta, Director of the Institute and Co-ordinator of the Ahimsa Day event, then announced the name of Professor Nalini Balbir of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris University as the recipient of the Ahimsa Award for the year 2010 and outlined her achievements in the field of Jain learning. Professor Balbir spoke of her longstanding scholarship and continual work in understanding and developing the academic study of Jainism and Jain scriptures. She spoke of
her involvement in the Jainpedia Project. She was followed by Dr Mehool Sanghrajka who provided the progress report on Jainpedia and gave details of the current exhibitions being held the Victoria & Albert Museum and British Library. The evening finished with an opportunity for all the guests to mingle and to speak to Professor Mitra and Professor Balbir, as well as the hosts.
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