Bhubaneswar: The two day 11th All India Students Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest (AISSQ) 2018, organized by Bhaktivedanta Institute at IIT,Bhubaneswar campus was concluded on Sunday. The conference was dedicated to the theme of “Mathematics and Reality”. Often, mathematical discoveries are taken for granted and their foundations are not explored thoroughly to delve deep into the associated linkages with philosophical, mystical and spiritual dimensions of the reality. It is well known that the founding fathers in mathematics, science, philosophy and spirituality have always regarded consciousness as an important subject or theme in the reality.Thus, the conference attempts to target three major themes namely (a) philosophical foundations of mathematics to gain deeper and profound understanding of the reality (b) mathematical exploration of consciousness and (c) mathematics and its foundational correlation with the theistic views of Vedanta and other theological disciplines.
The inaugural ceremony of the conference was graced by Odisha governor GaneshiLal, IITB director Raja Kumar, president Bhaktivedanta Institute of Kolkata K VasudevRao, and Stanford University professor Dr. Edward N. Zalta.
Speakers from leading universities of the world deliberated in the AISSQ. Besides Dr. Edward N. Zalta (Stanford University, USA), Prof. Bhudev Sharma (Clark Atlanta University, USA), Prof. Lu Bergmans (Sorbonne Universite, France), Prof. Luigi Luisi (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), Dr. ChristophBenzmuller (University of Luxumbourg, USA), Dr. TeunKoetsier (VU-University, Amsterdam, Ms. Jordan Bergmans (Royal Academy of Music, London), Prof. HenkBarendret (Radbound University, Netherlands), Prof P.B. Sharma (Vice Chancellor, Amity University, Gurgaon), Prof. ManoharLal (former faculty, IGNOU, New Delhi), Prof. V. Kannan (SRM University, Amaravati), Dr. Bhagawati Prasad Chamola (JIIT, Noida), Prof. SudiptoGhosh (IIT Kharagpur), Dr. Debasish Khan (IIT(BHU), Varanasi), Prof. Sandeep Kumar (IIT(BHU), Varanasi) and Prof. RamagopalUppaluri (IIT Guwahati). The conference also hosts scintillating lectures by the experienced administrators and faculty members of Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata namely VarunAgarwal (Director, Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata) and Vasudeva Rao (President, Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata) addressed the conference.