Yoga and Values
Indian Education System

– A review and forward path

October 11 – 12, 2019


Education, as envisaged by the ancient Indian seers, is the process that unfolds the real nature of human being, which is the Absolute Truth. The manifestation of the infinite potential within the individual is the goal of education. About the essence of education-system nurtured in the ancient India, Tagore writes: ‘The object of education is to give man the unity of truth.’

Education is known in the tradition by the term Siksha, which originating from the verbal root Śak, connotes components of learning and enablement. Therefore the process by which an individual learns to gain knowledge about the world and the Self is known as education in Indian system. It is indeed a process of being and becoming under the guidance of an enlightened master. Such system has produced myriads of talents in our country which has gifted the world with marvelous discoveries. Yoga was centre of gravity of the then education system. However, with the passage of time, being under the harrow of imperialism, the system has lost much of its splendor and is reduced merely to a distorted replica of western system. It engendered a mechanical framework where Yoga and value teachings were totally cut out of the main current. Degeneration of the race started once it became vulnerable to cultural and intellectual invasion. In this backdrop, echoing the scriptural wisdom, the spiritual giants gave clarion call to the nation to get back to their primordial root: ‘svadharme nidhanaṃ śreya para dharmo bhayāvahaḥ’ The Yoga and the scriptural teachings were gradually brought back to the mainstream of education. The modern education system has turned back to the ancient Indian wisdom to revive its lost vigour. The symphony of western knowledge-system and ancient Indian wisdom has become the coveted goal.

Program Schedule

7:00 am – 8:30 am
Experiential Workshops

10:00 am – 11.45 am


Welcome address by Shri O. P. Tiwari
Secretary, Kaivalyadhama

Opening remarks by Dr. Ramesh Bijlani
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi

Keynote address (school education) by
Dr. Srijan Pal Singh
Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, APJ Abdul Kalam Centre

Keynote address (higher education) by
Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan
Vice-Chairman, University Grants Commission

Inaugural Address by Dr. Rajiv Kumar
NITI Aayog

Blessings by Swami Maheshananda
Chairman, Kaivalyadhama Samiti

12:15 pm –  1:30 pm

Plenary Session I

Yoga, Education and Perennial Values in the Present Context

Expected areas to be highlighted:

Concept, Aims and Content of Indian Education in Ancient times.

Concept, aims and content of Indian Education in Modern times.

Why does Indian education fail to inculcate values?

Why will perennial values be never out of date?

In School education system

Chairperson 1: Dr. Ramesh Bijlani
Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi


1. Dr. Mithu Pal
Academic Supervisor, Cambridge School, New Delhi

2. Dr. N. D. Joshi
Director, Kaivalya Vidya Niketan

In higher education system

Chairperson 2: Dr. Rajan Welukar
Former Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai


1. Dr. Rohini Somanathan
Professor, Delhi School of Economics

2. Prof. R. K. Bodhe
Associate Professor, G.S. College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama

1:30 p.m.


3:00 – 4. 30 p.m.

Plenary Session II

Teacher education as the key to a better future

Expected areas to be highlighted:

Planning of various schemes towards teachers’ training programs. Incentive towards excellence in professional performances.

In School Education system

Chairperson 3: Dr. G. Ravindra
Former Director, NCERT


1. Dr. Srijan Pal Singh
Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder, APJ Abdul Kalam Centre

2. Dr. Santosh Panda
Professor, IGNOU

In higher education system

Chairperson 4: Dr. T.K.Bera
Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth University  College of Physical Education


1. Dr. Bhagwan Balani
Principal Bombay Teachers Training College

2. Prof. Samiran Mondal
Visva Bharati, Shantiniketan

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.


5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Experiential Workshops

7:00 p.m.

Cultural program 

Satish & Santosh Sundaram


8:15 p.m.

6:30 – 7:45 a.m.
Experiential Workshops

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Plenary Session III

Empowering institutions of education for promotion of Yoga and Holistic Education.

We would like to explore what are the ways in which the conventional education institutes are motivated, encouraged to include Yoga & Values as part of the system. We will review what is already available, and look at how to strenghen it.

Empowering selected institutes with the power to innovate.

Establishing institutes of national importance with the mandate to establish a new pattern of teacher education without feeling constrained by the current norms of NCTE

In School Education system

Chairperson 5: Bishop Thomas Dabre,
Bishop of Pune Dioceses


1. Dr. A. N. Ramchandra
Joint Commissioner, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti

2. Smt. Varsha Desai
Principal, Kaivalya Vidya Niketan, Lonavla

In Higher Education system

Chairperson 6: Shri. Dinesh Panjwani
Secretary, HSNC Board, Mumbai


1. Prof K. Subrahmanyam
Advisor, SVYASA

2. Dr. Girish Tillu
Interdiscplinary School of Health Sciences

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Plenary Session IV:
Yoga and Values in Indian Education System: A review of existing policies and future possibilities

Expected areas to be highlighted:

The existing policies, which aim at promoting the subject, its efficacy and how to strengthen it.

In School Education system

Chairperson 7: Shri Subodh Tiwari
Kaivalyadhama, Lonavala


1. Dr. B. P. Bharadwaj
Professor, NCERT

2. Dr. Praseeda Menon
Research Officer, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla

In Higher Education system

Chairperson 8: Dr.Naresh Chandra
Director, Birla College


1. Dr. Shreeprakash Pandey
Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi

2. Ms. Anusha Gavankar
Research Scholar, IIT Mumbai

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.


2:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Valedictory Ceremony


1. Coordinator

2. Moderator / Chairperson 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Valedictory address:

Dr. Satbir Bedi
Chairperson, NCTE


Rs. 1000 (for students), Rs. 1500 (for delegates)

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Bank details for fee transfer:

Bank Name: AXIS Bank
Account Name: Kaivalyadham SMYM Samiti
Account No: 917010028122418
IFSC Code: UTIB0002773
Branch: Lonavala


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