Highlights of the Department
- The Department conducts Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Add-on Courses in Applied Yoga.
- The Department organized a National Seminar on Social, Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Euthanasia in January 2012, the proceedings of which have already been published.
- Department at activity like the seminar quiz, speech contest, poster competition is held on a monthly basis.
- Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal submitted a minor project on “The Ethical The perspective of Euthanasia, the views of Medical Practitioners in Bihar”, which has been published by Lap Lambert Publishing House, Germany.
- The Department celebrated World Philosophy Day in November 2013 and January 2019 sponsored by ICPR New Delhi.
- Philosophy is a student-friendly subject especially because of its syllabus.
- It is a scoring subject for Civil Services Examinations.
- For the main exam of UPSC and the different States Public Service Commission, there is one compulsory paper of 300 marks on Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. Ethics is an important branch of Philosophy.
- Logical reasoning is also an important part of competitive exams which is taught in Philosophy.
- Philosophy teaches values which is necessary for the upliftment of the society.
- Indian philosophy has its roots in the Vedas and the Upanishads by studying which the student will become acquainted with his culture.
- Contemporary Philosophy critical studies the social and political problems thereby providing the right direction to them.
- in all the IITs and NITs there is a Humanities Department. Philosophy is a subject to be studied there.
- In the IIMS there is a compulsory paper on Value Studies and Ethics.
- In B. Ed. and as well as in Teacher’s Training Classes Educational Philosophy is taught as an important paper.
- Philosophy is a good subject for higher studies and research.
- Two teachers of the department Dr. Kurkum Rani and Dr. Keert Choudhary were awarded minor research projects by the UGC in March 2015 which thy have successfully submitted.
- Teachers of the department regularly publish articles in newspapers, journals, Magazines. Some have even published books.
- Guest lectures on “Ethics and Values” or “Importance of Philosophy in Life” are also held in the department.
- Parent-Teacher meet is also regularly held in the department.
- Students of the department regularly engage themselves in CPE Research Projects on important social and political issues.
- Students of the department are also rank holders in the University.
Fifth International Yoga Day
On 21st June the fifth International Day of Yoga was celebrated at Patna Women’s College under the guidance of the Principal, Dr. Sister M. Rashmi A.C. Explaining the importance of Yoga, the Principal said that Yoga is not merely confined to the performance of Asana and Pranayama, but leads to the all round development of one’s personality . About 40 students from applied yoga course and NSS participated in the events.
On 22nd May NSS Patna Women’s College Unit Organized a programme on demonstration on Yogic Asanas and Pranayams to create awareness among the NSS Volunteers regarding the importance of Yoga in their life.
No. Of Students participated : 60
Celebrating World Philosophy Day
ICPR Sponsored Workshop
A Workshop on ‘Applied Ethics’was organized by the Department of Philosophy, Patna Women’s College, sponsored by Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR), New Delhi on 30-01-2019 from 10:00 A.M. to 04:00 P.M. Teachers and students of Philosophy as well as from other subjects participated in the programme. About 67 students and 41 teachers were registered.
The workshop began with the lightening of the lamp. The students welcomed the resource persons and the participants with a ‘Welcome song- Swagatam hai aapka.’
Dr. Sister M. Rashmi A.C., Principal, Patna Women’s College gave the welcome address. She emphasized on the importance of Ethics in daily life. More than merely knowing the ethics, it is imperative to apply ethics to face the challenges of modern life.
Prof. Ameeta Jaiswal, Head, Department of Philosophy, Patna Women’s College gave the inaugural address. She welcomed the resource persons and the participants. She elaborated on the need of Applied Ethics in the present perspective. She said that in this workshop, the nature, method and limitations of Applied Ethics shall be discussed and a moral discourse on some social issues will be held in order to support the existing value system. She mentioned that in contrast to traditional ethical theories, a new post modern morality emerged to support and express the trends of post modernism like multiplicity, diversity and relativity. It is important to investigate the relation of theoretical ethics to applied ethics, so that the moral application of ethical theories can be attained.
The first lecture was by Prof. R.C. Sinha, Retired Professor and Head, P.G. Department of Philosophy, Patna University and Member ICPR, New Delhi. At present he is the chairman of ICPR. He spoked mainly on Subaltern morality which is a new trend in Applied Ethics. He also emphasized on the importance of context which is situational ethics.
The second lecture was by Prof. Neelima Sinha,Prof. P G Dept. of Philosophy Magadh University, Dean- Humanities Magadh University and Ex- Vice- Chancellor of K.S.D.S University, Darbhanga. She discussed on “Issues in Applied Ethics” and distinguished between Normative Ethics and Applied Ethics. She elaborated on the dimensions of applied ethics and the challenges that have emerged in modern times due to advancements of science & technology.
The third speaker was Dr. Abha Singh, Professor, P.G. Department of Philosophy, A.N. College, Patliputra University, Patna. She explained about the different dimensions of Indian Ethics; how have Ethics been explained in Indian Philosophy and how it heavily relies upon authority i.e. Vedas and Upanishads. She also elaborated about “Subjective & Objective Morality” in Indian Ethics. On the question of the justification of Ethics that why be moral, she answered that Man himself is the justification.
The papers of the resource persons are enclosed.
All the three sessions were very interactive. Two competitions were also organized by the Department- Essay Competition on Media Ethics& Poster Competition on Environmental Ethics. About 20 students participated in the competitions.
The feedback was given by-
- 2 Teachers:
- Dr. Smita Kumari, Head, Deptt. of Sanskrit, PWC.
- Dr. Shruti Narain, Asst. Prof., Deptt. of Psychology, PWC.
Dr. Smita Kumari said that this workshop enlightened the participants on the code of ethics depicted in ancient Indian literature. Indian system paid great emphasis to development of ethical code of conduct known as Dharma. Learning through practice was the essence of the Vedas and Ethical principles could be seen in the lives of the people and their various practices.
Dr. Shruti Narain said that it was a very fruitful workshop in the present social context .The speakers were too good and gave indepth and up-to-date overview of applied ethics. Many new concepts like subaltern ethics and revisiting the vedic perspective was interesting.
- 3 Students:
- Alok Prabhat
- Neha Kumari
They were of the opinion that the workshop was very informative and the method of delivery was so easy to receive. They appreciated the insight that was provided in the workshop. They said that the workshop was very useful and it taught them the importance of ethics in their daily life. By applyling the principles of ethics in their day to day life they can navigate the grey area between absolute right and morally wrong.
Prize distribution was done by Dr. Kumkum Rani, Faculty Member, Deptt. of Philosophy, Patna Women’s College in the Valedictory Session.
Prize Winner (Poster Competition):
- Raushan Kumar, Patna College, P.U.
- Kajol Sikaria, Patna Women’s College, P.U.
- Abha Kumari, Magadh Mahila College, P.U.
- Hadia Faisal, Magadh Mahila College, P.U.
- Rajshree Singh, Patna Women’s College, P.U.
- Priti Kumari, P.U.
Vote of Thanks was proposed by Dr. Keerti Chaudhary, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Patna Women’s College.
The workshop was a great success. Many teachers and students from different universities of Bihar participated in the workshop.
Celebrating World Philosophy Day
ICPR Sponsored Workshop
The Department of Philosophy
PATNA WOMEN’S COLLEGE
3rd Cycle NAAC Accredited at ‘A’ Grade with CGPA 3.58/4
‘College with Potential for Excellence (CPE) status accorded by UGC
Venue : Carmel Hall
Date : 30.01.2019
Time : 10:30 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
|Lighting the Lamp||10:30 a.m.|
|Welcome Song||10:35 a.m.|
|Welcome Address by the Principal||Dr. Sister M. Rashmi A.C.|
Principal, Patna Women's College
|Inaugural Address||Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal |
Head, Deptt. of Philosophy Patna Women's College
|Lecture||Dr. R.C. Sinha |
Professor and Head,
(Retd.) P.G. Deptt. of Philosophy, P.U.
|Interactive Session||11:20 a.m.|
|Tea Break : 11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.|
|Lecture||Dr. Neelima Sinha |
Prof. P.G. Deptt. of Philosophy
Magadh University, Bodh Gaya
|Interactive Session||12:05 a.m.|
|Lecture||Dr. Abha Singh|
Prof. P.G. Deptt. of Philosophy
A.N. College, Patliputra University, Patna
|Interactive Session||12:35 p.m.|
|3||Essay Competition / and Poster Competition||12:45 p.m.|
|Lunch : 01:30 p.m. – 02:00 p.m.|
|4||Valedictory Session||02:00 p.m. – 04:00 p.m.|
|5||Feedback||3 Students and 2 Teachers|
|7||Vote of thanks||Dr.Keerti Chaudhary |
Asst. Prof,, Deptt. of Philosophy,
Patna Women's College
Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal(HOD)
Dr. Kumkum Rani
Dr. Keerti Chaudhary
Ms. Shyam Priya