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Announcement of awards at IGNOU

Postby administrator » Sun Nov 04, 2012 11:01 pm

Numerous awards were announced on the occasion of 4th Mother Teresa Memorial Lecture delivered by Dr. Abdul Waheed Khan, former Vice Chancellor of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) organized by the School of Social Work (SOSW), IGNOU, in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI).

He distributed awards to six on-campus students of June 2012 session, having pursued Masters in Social Work from the University. He distributed cash awards of Rs.5000 each to the following students:

Bharat Ratna Acharya Vinobha Bhave Best Female Worker Award: Ms. Shikha and Ms. Anuradha Bisht.
Padma Vibhushan Baba Amte Best Male Field Worker Award: Mr. Anjani Kumar.
Dr. Clifford Manshardt Award for Best Male Social Worker: Mr. P. Silas
Sr. Maria Faustina Pereira Award for Best Female Social Worker : Ms. Seema Rehman
Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil Best Student Award: Mr. Nitesh Pathak
Prof. Gopinath Pradhan, VC, IGNOU, announced that Dr. Khan has desired that the honorarium being given to him may be converted into an award to be given for the gold medalist of M.P.(philosophy) developed by the CBCI Chair.

Dr. Khan, while delivering the 4th Mother Teresa Memorial Lecture on ‘Power of Peace’ focused mainly on two strands viz., general challenges facing the international community in reducing the number of conflicts and establishing a culture of peace worldwide and secondly on the main causes of conflicts, relating them to the role of traditional and new communication and information processes and to both their negative and positive impacts, and focusing on the influence of the media, especially on young people.

“When I am using the words ‘Power of Peace’ it sounds like an oxymoron but, peace can be a very powerful weapon too. Peace is not an absence of war; it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice,” he stated.

He referred to cultural diversity as a very specific issue that is intrinsically linked to the culture of peace. “The causes of conflicts are numerous and multifold and most of them are based on misunderstanding and misperception of the other,” he said.

He linked media as the most important tool to counter misunderstanding. According to him, the media has both influenced and reflected the dramatic changes that we have witnessed in the past decades.

His lecture mainly demonstrated how our everyday lives are influenced by the mass-media and by new generations of on-line and digital information tools. He focused on how they set social agendas and legitimize the information that they convey and how ICTs create new opportunities for self-expression, dialogue and mutual understanding.

He also argued that we need to re-deploy mass-media in an innovative fashion and use new and emerging information tools to better reflect and understand who we are in our diverse world. “In my view, unless there is a code of conduct adopted by the gatekeepers of media there will be a distortion in the society,” he concluded.

Dr. Albert D’ Souza, Secretary General CBCI and Archbishop of Agra emphasized on inner peace and said that, “Clear the thoughts of your mind and the cosmic reality is under your command.” According to him, we must meditate on one’s inner power to unite with the universal power. “Making peace today would mean making future for tomorrow. Working for peace brings people together,” he concluded. Other dignitaries present on the dais were Prof. Gracious Thomas, Coordinator, CBCI Chair and Director, SOSW, who gave the introductory remarks and Mr. U. S. Tolia, Registrar, IGNOU, who delivered the vote of thanks. The lecture concluded with the national anthem.
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