ātmano mokṣārthaṃ jagaddhitāya ca

आत्मनो मोक्षार्थं जगद्धिताय च

“For one’s own salvation and for the welfare of the world”.
- Swami Vivekananda

About Pṛṣṭhabhūmiḥ

From the beginning of the 20th century, scholars have emphasized on the need for an expansion of the current ‘bio-psycho-social framework’ used in social work education to include spiritual aspects of human existence. Further, the academic literature shows analytical unanimity on the centrality of ‘spirituality’ in social work, yet it has been a challenge for social workers to integrate the same into a coherent bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework. In social work, ‘spirituality’ is gradually being visualized as a classical intervention (particularly in transpersonal domains) as well as in lending an epistemic base to the values and ethics of the profession. The underlying assumption being that the spiritual Self of the individual needs to be addressed and all other aspects of existence converge into, or diverge from, that spiritual Self.

Niṣkāma sevā (selfless social service) in Different Schools of Indic Thought: Alternate Models for Mainstream Social Work is being proposed as a two-day National seminar, on the 2nd and 3rd of March, to fortify the more recently social work conceptualizations of the whole person that includes ‘spirituality’ – which reflects in the social work literature with a broadened focus to embrace it. The seminar would deep dive into the centrality of the “individual self-making and Self-actualization’’ to acts of altruism’ that cuts across the rich spiritual legacy of Bhārata encompassing Sanātana dharma (with its sub traditions sampradāya), Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.

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an initiative by
  • Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge Systems (CoE-IKS)
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur)
sponsored by
  • Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Ministry of Education
knowledge partners
  • Ministry of Education, Government of India
  • Indian Knowledge System, Ministry of Education
  • Brhat Culture Creative LLP

Glimpses of niṣkāma sevā in different
schools of Indic thoughts

Speakers Vaktāraḥ

Thrust areas Mukhyaviṣayāḥ

Spirituality and social work: Global trends
Indic conceptualizations of spirituality: Micro- oriented spiritual enculturation to macro-oriented altruistic demonstrations
Postulates of niṣkāma sevā from various Indic schools of thoughts: Sanātana dharma, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism
Elements from various Indic schools of thoughts to reconstruct models of spiritually inclined social work interventions
Relevance and future research directions - Towards a new curriculum on social work education

Cultural program Sāṃskṛtika-kāryakramaḥ

Immerse yourself in the enchanting experience of Śāstrīya saṃgīta during the Sāṃskṛtika-kāryakramaḥ on the evening of March 2nd, 2024.
This event is thoughtfully curated to complement scholarly discussions and infuse a cultural dimension into the seminar ambiance.

Mrs. Deepali Sandeep Kulkarni MA Music from SNDT women's university, Pune.

A saṃgīta alaṃkāra from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay under the guidance of Mrs. Hema Natu Ana Pt. Govindrao Paluskar. Currently Mrs. Deepali is engaged in teaching Hindustani music at IIT Kharagpur and learning the unique features of the Agra Gharana through gāyakī under the guidance of Dr. Pournima Dhumale.

Dr. Dipesh Vinod Katira Assistant Professor CoE-IKS, IIT Kharagpur.

A saṃgīta alaṃkāra in tabla from Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalay. Dr. Dipesh received his early training in Punjab Gharana from Shree Gajanan Raul (s disciple of Ustad Alla Rakha). Having secured secured 2nd Prize in a regional-level competition in Classical Instruments in 1996 and was felicitated by the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Manohar Joshi. Currently, Dr. Dipesh is learning from Dr. Atul Kamble (a disciple of Shree Aditya Kalyanpur).

Mr. Sunil Sunkara
MA in Kathak ( Acharya Parvatikumar Gold Medal), Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek
Diploma in Natyashastra Bharata College of Fine Arts and Culture

A product of Pt. Birju Maharaj’s Kalashram, Mr. Sunil Sunkara has done his nṛtya nipuṇa in Kathak from Bhatkhande Sangit Vidyapith, Lucknow under the guidance of Vidushi Renu Sharma. He has performed extensively under the direction of Vidushi Saswati Sen and Pt Birju Maharaj.

Having held a Junior Fellowship in Kathak from the Ministry of Culture, he was also a primary research assistant with Pt Birju Maharaj’s Tagore National Fellowship ( 2017-2019) and is currently research assistant with Dr Puru Dadheech’s Tagore National Fellowship.

Currently engaged in his Kathak PhD at the Sri Sri Centre for Advanced Research under the guidance of Dr. Puru Dadheech and Dr. Vibha Dadheech, Mr. Sunil also serves as the Dance Academic Head of the World Forum for Art and Culture (WFAC) under the auspices of Spiritual Guru Sri Sri Ravishankar ji. Recognized for his contribution to Kathak, Mr. Sunil received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskaar in 2021.

Registration information Pañjīkaraṇa - vivaraṇam

Apekṣitāḥ sahabhāgīnaḥ (Intended audience)

  • Students and faculty from Higher Educational Institutions.
  • Professionals in the social work arena and allied domains.
  • Scholars and grassroots volunteers from organizations engaged in niṣkāma sevā.
  • All stakeholders.

Pañjīkaraṇa-śulkam (Registration fees)

Ensure your participation by completing your registration with a nominal fee

For students^

Total ₹ 300/-* ( all inclusive including GST)

For IIT Kharagpur faculty and non faculty

Total - ₹500 (all inclusive including GST)

For other stakeholders

(application fee (₹ 300/-) + registration fee (₹ 3540/-)

Total - ₹ 3840/-* (inclusive of GST) for all attendees.

To guarantee your attendance, kindly complete the registration process prior to the designated deadline on 1st March, 2024 (Friday) subject to availability; registrations may close earlier

^ Students currently enrolled in school/ UG courses / PG courses / Full-time Research scholars from any educational institutions must possess valid ID cards.

* The application and registration fees are non-refundable.

Call for poster presentation Sphoraka-patrāya āmaṇtraṇam

Showcase your work through poster presentations at the seminar, availing an exceptional opportunity to disseminate insights, findings, and innovations to a diverse academic audience.

Viṣayāḥ (Themes)

  • Spirituality and social work: Global trends
  • Indic conceptualizations of spirituality: Micro- oriented spiritual enculturation to macro-oriented altruistic demonstrations
  • Postulates of niṣkāma sevā from various Indic schools of thoughts: Sanātana dharma, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism
  • Relevance and future research directions - a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual curriculum on social work education

Accommodation and travel Āvāsa - yātrā viṣaye

We recommend all registered participants to arrange their travel, accommodation, and meals* for the two-day seminar. For added convenience, on-campus lodging is available at the following guest houses.

Technology guest house (TGH):

- Single Sharing: 1500+12%GST
- Double Sharing: 2000+12%GST

Sir Ashutosh Mukherjee (SAM) guest house:

- Single Sharing: 500 (Inclusive of GST)
- Double Sharing: 600 (Inclusive of GST)

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Important dates Mahattvapūrṇāni dināni

12 January, 2024

Application and abstract submission opens.

25 February, 2024

Abstract submission closes 

27 February, 2024

Notification of accepted abstracts

29February, 2024

Submission of E-Poster for presentation

01 March, 2024

Last date for submission of registration fees

2-3 March, 2024

Seminar dates

About IIT kharagpur

Founded in 1951, the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) stands at the forefront of innovation and academic leadership. Notably, IIT Kharagpur has demonstrated its forward-thinking vision by establishing the Centre of Excellence for Indian Knowledge Systems (CoE-IKS). This visionary initiative underscores the institution's commitment to preserving and advancing India's rich intellectual heritage.

How to reach

Situated in the town of Kharagpur in West Bengal, reaching IIT Kharagpur is convenient and well-connected.

  • For those arriving by train, the Kharagpur Junction is the nearest railway station.
  • The institute is easily accessible by road, with regular bus services and private transport options available.
  • Additionally, the campus is within reach of major airports, such as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.
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Committees Samitayaḥ

Prof. Kapil Kapoor
Formerly -Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
Prof. Somesh Kumar
Internal advisor, CoE-IKS, IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Richa Chopra
Core faculty , CoE-IKS, IIT Kharagpur
Deepak Khurana
Research scholar, CoE-IKS, IIT Kharagpur
Neha Shekhawat
Project Job Assistant, CoE-IKS, IIT Kharagpur
Editing premise
All sanskrit words in the webpage content have been written in Roman diacretics barring proper nouns. Further the first letter of all sanskrit words starting after a full stop/ full colon/ hyphen have been capitalized