Highlights of the Department
- The Department conducts Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma Add-on Courses in Applied Yoga.
- The Department organized a UGC Sponsored National Seminar on Social, Ethical and Legal Issues Related to Euthanasia and several workshops and webinars on YOGA
- Departmental activities like seminar quiz, speech contest, poster competition are held on a monthly basis.
- Three teachers of the department have been awarded Minor Research Projects by the UGC, which they have successfully submitted.
- The Department celebrates inmortant days like Swami Vivekananda Jayanti, Buddha Jayanti,International day of YOGA World Philosophy Day every year.
- 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 the culture of India.
- 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. 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.
- 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 from philosophical perspective.
- Students of the department are among the ten top rank holders in the University.
The Department of Philosophy celebrated International Yoga Day on 21st June 2023 at the Yoga Centre in the college. Teachers from different departments and students from Philosophy, Applied Yoga, NSS and NCC participated in the program. The yogic Asanas were were performed as per the International yoga day protocol under the guidance of Ms. Mitu Kumari, Yoga instructor.
The Department of Philosophy organized Parent Teacher Meet for Sem II on 23rd February 2023 and for Sem IV and VI on 28th February 2023. Parents were informed about the attendance and performance of their wards in the Mid Sem Examination. They also interacted with the teachers of the Department. All the teachers were present.
The Department of Philosophy organized a Guest lecture on the topic ” Representation of Women Philosophers in the Curriculum “. The speaker, Dr. Kawaljeet Kaur, Gender Advocate and Co – Founder of Buddhivadi Foundation, threw light on the contribution of Women Philosophers which needs to be added in the Curriculum. All the teachers and students of the department were present.
The Department of Philosophy conducted a personality class for the students of Sem II, IV and VI. A video was shown to them from which the students realized the value of working hard to earn their livelihood rather than being a burden on others. It was held on 10.02.2023 . The facilitator was Dr.Keerti Choudhary.
The Department of Philosophy celebrated Surya Namaskar Day on 8th February 2023 to create awareness regarding the benefits of Surya Namaskar Asanas and to motivate the students to practice them every day in order to keep themselves free from diseases and attain physical and mental health. About 50 students of the department of Philosophy and Applied Yoga performed the Asanas under the guidance of teachers of the department and the Yoga teacher.
DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY
VALUE-BASED PERSONALITY CLASS
SEMESTER II, IV, VI
THEME:- “Parents are the greatest gift from God. Cherish them and be
there for them”
The Department of Philosophy conducted a value based personality class on 19th of January, 2023 for Semesters II, IV and VI. A video was shown to them and discussions in groups followed. The students realized the sacrifices made by their parents and decided to take care of them always.
The Department of Philosophy organized an Inter college Speech Contest on the topic ``Ancient Indian cultural and spiritual values for conservation of nature `` on the occasion of World Philosophy Day which is celebrated on the 3rd Thursday of November, that is on 17th November, 2022. Students from different colleges of Patna University participated and presented their views on establishing an intimate relationship between man and nature by revisiting the views of Vedas, Upanishads and the other spiritual texts. The winners were<br /> 1st prize - Jaya Dipti, P G Department of Philosophy.<br /> 2nd Nandini Singh of PWC and Zeba Khan of MMC<br /> 3rd prize- Aditi Sinha of PWC and Nidhi Mishra of MMC
The Department of Philosophy organized an Alumni Meet in which 35 old students participated. Students from 86 batch onwards were present, some of them were working as professors in different colleges , some were business women and some were preparing for competitive exams. The students of department presented a short program comprising of a welcome song, a dance and a skit depecting their college days. The Alumni shared their experience in the college and their success stories. They shared how the study of philosophy not only helped them in securing their job but also helped them to get through the odd situations of the life. They encouraged the students of the department to continue with their hard work and studies. They praised the college and its management for the wonderful days they spent in the college and how it has helped to enhance their personalities. The head of the department Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal and President of the Alumni Association gave a brief account of the outreach programs conducted by the Alumni throughout the year. All the teachers of the department were present.
On the occasion Gandhi Jayanti , the Department of Philosophy conducted a Slogan cum Poster Competition on the theme `` Relevance of Satyagraha in a Violent world ``. Six groups of students participated in the program.
A Value based Personality class was conducted for all the students of Philosophy on 29th of September, 2022 by Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal , Head Department of Philosophy. A video on the theme of ``Trust`` was shown to the students in which message was that children should not lose the trust of their parents by hiding things as parents being more experienced will always help their children if they in trouble. An interactive session with the students was also conducted. All realized that they should always speak the truth to their parents and never lose their trust.
The Department of Philosophy under the guidance of Dr.Ameeta Jaiswal HOD organized a Mehendi Competition to celebrate Sawan Mahotsav. Total ten students participated and designed mehendi to teachers from different departments. Dr. Shazia Hussain,assistant professor home science and Miss Tanya Banerjee assistant professor political science were the judges.<br /> Winners of the competition are:<br /> 1st- Soumya Shree<br /> 2nd- Anjali<br /> 3rd- Ejza Anwer and Sakshi Shreya<br /> The Department of Philosophy conducted an Inter Departmental Quiz Competition on the occasion of Azaadi ka Amrit Mahotsav on the topic ' Indian Philosophy and Culture '. There were 04 groups of students from Hindi, Sanskrit and Philosophy Departments. Teachers and students of all the Departments were present. Questions were asked from Indian Philosophy, Culture, Literature and Freedom Movement. Group A comprising of Aastha Verma and Nidhi Patel from the department of Philosophy and Sonali Kumari and Shikha from from Hindi Department were the winners
The first semester students of the Department of Philosophy presented a Freshers Day program today. In which the HOD Dr.Ameeta Jaiswal, Dr.Kumkum Rani, Dr. Keerti Choudhary and Dr. Kamlendra Kumar and all the students of Philosophy were present. The guest for the event Dr. Sister Celine Crasta AC and Miss Puja were also present. The students presented a welcome song, a self composed poem and a dance performance.
The department of philosophy in collaboration with Patna Women’s College Alumni Association inaugurated an online ICPR sponsored Workshop on “Yoga for health and wellness”
Yogic asanas were demonstrated from 7 to 8 am on 15 th of June and was attended by the teaching and non teaching staff of PWC. It was also streamed live on YouTube channel of the college
The teachers of the dept. of philosophy attended an International Webinar on Apad-Dharma:Moral Imperative & Covid 19, organized by Dept. of Philosophy, DAV PG College,
Varanasi, Affiliated to BHU (Under the UGC quality mandate notification)
The teachers of the dept. of philosophy attended an International Webinar organized by Institute of Home Science, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra On ” Nurturing physical, mental & social health: During & Post Covid- 19
The dept of Philosophy organized a Speech Contest on the topic,”Women in Philosophy” as part of the celebration of International Women’s Day.
Department of philosophy organised poster making competition on the topic JAL jeevan hariyali on 3rd march 20
The Dept. Of Philosophy celebrated Surya Namaskar Day on 14th Feb. 2020 to mark the importance of the asanas of Surya Namaskar in one’s life. Fifty students perform twelve steps of Surya Namaskar like pranamasana, Ashwa Sanchalasana, Dandasana, Ashtanga Namaskar , Hasta padasana etc. under the guidance of Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal, Associate prof. & Head, Dept. Of Philosophy and the yoga instructor Ms. Mitu Kumari. The teachers of the dept. Dr. Kumkum Rani, Ms. Shyam Priya were also present.
Swami Vevekananda Jayanti event organized by the Deptt of Philosophy
The department of philosophy organized a debate competition on the topic Surrogacy. Total no. of students participated – 7. Three were for the motion where 4 against. 10min. were given to each students. Dr. Keerti choudhary & Miss. Shyam Priya were the judges. Dr. Ameeta Jaiswal (H.O.D, Dept. of Philosophy, PWC) & Dr. Kumkum Rani were present in the debate. First prize went to Rajshree, 2nd prize went to Fatima Naaz and 3rd prize went to Pragya Bhargav and Deeksha Keshari.
The Alumni Association of patna Women’s college celebrated diwali with children of the slum studying at the PWC literacy centre run by ICWA and distributed sweets and diya to them
Parent-Teacher Meet, Event Organized by Department of Philosophy
Slogan cum Poster and Patriotic Song Competition
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.
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 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.