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28052019 ssSMVDU Katra, May 2019. Mr. Sumanta Sarathi Sharma, a senior faculty member, in the School of Philosophy and Culture (SoPC) at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University (SMVDU), Katra, presented a research paper, entitled, “Applying Ockham’s Razor to (In)valid syllogisms using Venn-Peirce framework” in the 2nd International Workshop on the Philosophy of Notation, held at the University of Bologna, Italy, from 22-24 May 2019. The session was chaired by Prof. Atsushi Shimojima from Doshisha University, Japan, and the workshop was jointly organized by the University of Bologna (Italy) and University of Brighton (UK). The theme of the workshop is operational iconicity and observational advantages. These properties of logical notations seem to be inextricably linked and have been closely studied, but are still difficult to understand. Mr. Sharma’s research article, which had innumerable and priceless inputs from his supervisors, Dr. A.K. Tewari and Dr. M.M. Chaturvedi, was deeply rooted in diagrammatic reasoning and presented a fresh overview on the theory of syllogisms. It was the only Indian contribution to the conference and was appreciated by the Congress for its rigor and novelty. Prof. D. Mukhopadhyay (Vice Chancellor, SMVDU) congratulated the team for its unstinting efforts to achieve excellence.

a24112017 raviaSMVDU Katra: Mr. Ravi Kumar S/O Yash Paul, a resident of Janipur, Jammu, and a Ph.D. student of the School of Philosophy & Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University has been awarded with prestigious Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) of Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) New Delhi. As communicated through the letter F.No.1-1/2017-18/P&R/ICPR dated 20 Nov. 2017, from Dr. Mercy Helen, Director (P&R) of ICPR, the fellowship will be for the period of 2 years and Mr. Ravi Kumar will be entitled for monthly fellowship amount of Rs. 17,600 and annual contingency grant of Rs. 16,500. He will be working on the topic “Language and Social Reality: A Critical Study of Ludwig Wittgenstein and John Searle” under the supervision of Dr. V.K. Tripathi, Head School of Philosophy & Culture and under co-supervision of Dr. Ashoka Kumar Tarai, Asst. Professor in the same School. Mr. Ravi Kumar has done his MA in Philosophy from the same School in 2012-14 batch with a CGPA of 7.9. Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain congratulated Mr. Ravi Kumar and conveyed his wishes for his successful pursuance of research.

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SMVDU Katra: Prof. Alex Watson, a D.Phil. from Harvard University and presently a Professor of Indian Philosophy at Ashoka University India, concludes a lecture series at the Dept. of Philosophy & Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University yesterday. He spoke on ‘Contrasting Nyaya-Vaisesika and Buddhist explanations of attention’, in which he analyzed whether there is necessary role of mind in attention, or attention can be explained without imagining mind as arbitrator. This question has been long debated in history of Indian philosophy, particularly between Nyaya and Buddhist traditions, if awareness and attention can be explained through the momentary flow of conscious episodes. It is pertinent to note that Prof. Watson specializes in Indian Philosophy, Kashmir Shaivism, Nyaya Philosophy and is an outright scholar of Sanskrit.

Prior to that he had spoken on the topic ‘Can Jayanta Bhaṭṭa respond effectively to the charge that the inference of God's existence is un-established and inconclusive’, in which he had analyzed specific arguments given by Nyaya tradition to prove the existence of God. He also interacted with Vice Chancellor Dr. Sanjeev Jain about the best and innovative practices in academic institutions and he thoroughly appreciated the academic freedom that faculty of SMVDU are provided. He also interacted with Dr. Vandana Sharma Dean Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. V. K. Tripathi Head Dept. of Philosophy and Culture, Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Mr. Sumanta S. Sharma, Dr. Madhu M. Chaturvedi, Dr. Ashoka Tarai from Dept. of Philosophy thanked Prof. Watson.

01062017 RubypicSMVDU Katra: Ms. Ruby Bharti, a research scholar of the Department of Philosophy & Culture, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University Katra has cleared UGC-NET examination conducted by University Grants Commission, New Delhi on 22nd January 2017. The results were declared on 29th May 2017.

Ms. Bharti has pursued her M.A. in Philosophy from the Department of Philosophy & Culture, SMVDU from August 2011 – May 2013 with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 7.5 in a 10 point scale. She is enrolled in the PhD programme offered by the Department of Philosophy and Culture from August 2014. Her topic of research is “Irreducibility of Sabda-Pramana into Anumana with special reference of Nyaya Philosophy” and she has already cleared her mandatory Course work and Comprehensive Examination and her Research Proposal has been approved by the Department Research Committee. In addition to this, she has also cleared SET conducted by University of Kashmir in December 2016.

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SMVDU Katra: As the Dept. of Philosophy and Culture SMVDU organizes extensional lectures for faculty and research scholars, Prof. Alex Watson delivers three talks on different themes on Indian Philosophy. Prof. Watson is a D.Phil. from Oxford University and had been Fellow at Kyushu University Japan and University of Vienna. He specializes in Indian Philosophy, Kashmir Shaivism, Nyaya Philosophy and is an outright scholar of Sanskrit. Presently, he is a Professor of Indian Philosophy at Ashoka University, Sonipat and has also taught at Harvard and received a University Certificate of Teaching Excellence. He has authored two books namely ‘Self’s Awareness of Itself’ and ‘An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation’.

He delivered a talk on ‘Four Mimaṃsa views concerning how the self is perceived by itself’ in which he highlighted upon the various views on ‘self’ in Indian philosophy and gave special emphasis on the views of Jayanta Bhatta - a great Indian Philosopher of 9th century hailing from Kashmir. During the following two days he will be speaking on ‘Can Jayanta Bhaṭṭa respond effectively to the charge that the inference of God's existence’ and ‘Contrasting Nyaya-Vaiseṣika and Buddhist explanations of attention’. Dr. V. K. Tripathi Head Dept. of Philosophy and Culture extended a cordial welcome to Prof. Watson. Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Dr. Madhu M. Chaturvedi, Dr. Ashoka Tarai, Dr. Amitabh Dwivedi, Mr. Sumanta S. Sharma, Dr. Anurag Kumar, Dr. Kirti, Ms. Simranpreet Kaur and research scholars were present. The talk was followed by extensive discussion.

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