Governor Shivraj V. Patil inaugurates Intíl Conference on Bio-Psychosocial

November 16, 2010


CHANDIGARH, November 15: The First International Conference of Asian Association of
Applied Psychology organised by Panjab University here on “Enhancing Human Potential
Bio-Psychosocial Perspectives”, took off to a grand start at the University Auditorium
today.  The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, Union Territory Chandigarh Mr
Shivraj V. Patil, inaugurated the three-day conference to the packed audience of
nearly seven hundred and thirty delegates from within and outside India. Prominent
international scholars Professor Lars Eric Unestahl from Sweden and Professor Alex P.
Linley of U.K. were also present. Dr. (Mrs.) Vipin Sobti, Member, Educational
Tribunal, government of Punjab and Chairperson of the Conference also graced the

    The Governor of Punjab Mr Shivraj V. Patil expressed happiness to inaugurate
the conference. He also appreciated the theme and congratulated the university for
organising the conference on such a holistic and interdisciplinary theme. He referred
to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to elaborate his views on developing human
potential. He emphasised that human potential cannot be considered mechanical as it
encompasses humanistic and spiritual elements. In consonance with the ideas of the
great Indian philosopher Aurobindo Ghosh, the Governor pointed out that a combination
of thinking capacity and spirituality part play an important role in developing
possibilities for human potential. This will ultimately result in enabling the
individual to overcome the barriers of memory and connect past knowledge with
awareness about the present and the future.  Mr Patil further asserted that Vedas and
Upanishads do not tell us how the prayers have to offered but the talk about Super
Science and the entire nature emphasizing that individual is the almighty force. Such
an attitude will unfold tremendous potential that lay hidden inside the individual.
This requires handling the possible arrogance that the individual might develop by
glorifying the self at the expense of others. It is here that positive attitude
building becomes necessary where applied psychology can play a vital role. He narrated
instances of his interaction with spiritual leaders and foreign dignitaries to
emphasize the significance of spiritual upliftment that can help developing cosmic
attitude which rises above the global and the universal. He recommended that science
is not to be used alone but in combination with spirituality. Therefore, the need of
the hour is to develop super science to evolve a better world.

    Mr Patil talked of dire need of discarding negativity and negative approach by
inculcating positive virtues which is a sure way of becoming all powerful.  The cosmic
attitude, he said, was a positive attitude wherein human beings ought to perceive
everything with a creative approach.  The Vedas enjoin upon human beings to realize in
oneself every other human being, other creatures, plants and even organic matter ….
and this way one becomes powerful from within and non-destructive.  The governor urged
to create an environment for making a conducive place for all living creatures to
survive and flourish.  

    Earlier Professor R.C. Sobti, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University presented the
welcome address and impressed upon that to be human is to think feel aspire, strive
and to achieve social goals. He deliberated that India being the youngest country in
terms of average age of its populace has enormous human potential to develop with
thrust on certain special issues which will be discussed in the forthcoming “academic
feast” of the conference.

    Professor R.C. Sobti underlined the need of psychological development saying
that human talent was the most valuable resource without which developments in other
fields were meaningless.  Prof. Sobti said it was important to discover the tremendous
hidden talent within us and make use of it.  Biological factors, the Vice-Chancellor
said were closely related to human behaviour which made up our mental frame.  We must
do introspection and develop positive attitude.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Jitendra Mohan, Director of the International Conference
introduced the theme of the conference. He stated that in all seven important sessions
on women sports, education, technology, management, health, bio-sciences and community
participation will be held more than three hundred presentation including research
papers from the faculty and posters by the students will be presented. According to
him this is the largest possible response and concerned shown by the younger
generation for the future of human kind to develop human potential. Chairperson of the
International Conference, Professor Ajaib Singh proposed vote of thanks.
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