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NIIT University (NU) deliberates on "Science & Religion: Is There a Conflict ?" at the 11th Annual Lecture

NIIT University (NU) deliberates on "Science & Religion: Is There a Conflict ?" at the 11th Annual Lecture

Dr Karan Singh conferred with Honorary Doctorate during the occasion Dr K Kasturirangan, former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to take over as the next Chairperson of NU

NIIT University (NU) hosted the 11th Annual Lecture by Dr Karan Singh, Chairperson NIIT University and Former Member of Parliament. Dr Singh spoke on 'Science & Religion: Is There a Conflict ?' at the annual event held at NU campus, Neemrana on 23rd November 2019.

Dr Karan Singh congratulated the founders and the team on the successful completion of 10 years of excellence in education. He talked about leveraging the interdependence of science and religion to help individuals realise their full potential.

During the occasion, Padma Vibhushan recipient Dr Karan Singh was conferred the title of 'Doctor Honoris Causa'. The honour was bestowed by the incoming Chairperson of NU, Dr K Kasturirangan, Padma Vibhushan recipient, who had steered the Indian Space programme to glorious heights as Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Dr Kasturirangan chaired the MHRD Committee to draft the National Education Policy. The National Education Policy was submitted it to the Union HRD Minister in May 2019.

Rajendra S Pawar, Founder, NIIT University and Chairman, NIIT Limited said, "We are grateful to Dr Karan Singh for guiding NU in its formative years as the founding Chairperson. His view that NU gives a glimpse of what future educational institutions can be, has inspired us over these last 10
years. We are delighted to welcome prominent scientist Dr K Kasturirangan as the next Chairperson of NU. His exemplary background and diverse experience will enable us to inject a fresh perspective and further strengthen the core values of NU".

Commenting on NIIT University's successful track record of finding superior placements for every student, Dr K Kasturirangan said, "NU is a role model for vibrant Industry- Academia interaction."

The Eleventh Annual Lecture by Dr. Karan Singh can be viewed at https://youtu.be/cufYJPWm-CE
The Question & Answer session with Dr. Karan Singh can be viewed at https://youtu.be/QwuLidZ7bqs

Some quotes from Dr. Karan Singh's lecture:

"While there were dichotomies between Science and Religion, it had to be acknowledged that there was a spiritual character to Science and a rational character to Religion."

"Both Science and Religions were powerful instruments that had to be used judiciously and responsibly."

"There are two roads before the world—based on the constructive and destructive roles of Religion and Science. It was incumbent on humanity to make the right choices."

"NU students needed to focus on how Science and Religion could be used for good and not evil—to create a more peaceful and sustainable world."

Previous NU Annual Lecture Series

S. No.

Date of the Lecture

Title of the Lecture

1

15 Nov 2009

Four Pillars of Learning

2

13 Nov 2010

Five Dimensions of Management (Comments on Mahabharat)

3

12 Nov 2011

Philosophy

4

17 Nov 2012

India - The Unfinished Revolution

5

16 Nov 2013

Entrepreneurs in India

6

15 Nov 2014

The Message of the Bhagwat Gita

7

15 Nov 2015

Interfaith Movement: The Confluence of Civilizations

8

20 Nov 2016

Many Dimensions of Peace

9

11 Nov 2017

Five Dreams of Sri Aurobindo

10

17 Nov 2018

The Growing Relevance of Vedanta

Glimpses from the Eleventh Annual Lecture