Amity University Rajasthan organized its second International Psychology Conference on Positivsm

Following the grand success of the Ist International conference on Positive Psychology in 2010 under the dynamic and visionary leadership of Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan, the founder president of the Amity Group of Institutions, Amity University Rajasthan (AUR) inaugurated its second international 3 days psychology conference on “POSITIVISM: PATH TO SUCCESS,SATISFACTION & BLISS” on 6thAugust 2011. Shri Aimaduddin Ahmad Khan (Durru Miyan), Hon’ble Minister, Medical & Health, Family Welfare, Ayurved and Medical Education, Govt. of Rajasthan was the chief guest and Dr. Ashok K. Chauhan was the guest of honour for the event. The aim of the conference is to provide a common platform to the world''s leading psychology experts, professors and research scholars to explore practical ways to achieve positivity with conceptual clarity of thought. The conference focuses on concepts of Positivism, Hierarchy of mind, Applications of Positivism and Positivism and value based quality of life. Hon’ble Chief Guest, the Minister Shri A. A. Khan (Durru Miyan) said that “Tolerance, patience, harmony, mutual respect, feeling of love and brotherhood are some very important things to live successfully in the society and these can be only achieved by Positivism. He expressed his concern on excessive greed, lust, corruption, dishonesty, jealousy etc. which are eroding the social and moral pillars that strongly effect global, social- familial and individual well-being, growth and development of any country. He suggested that through Positivism people will learn to co-operate and act collectively to preserve our natural resources. He related Positivism with ‘eudaimonia’ which means feeling good, contended and satisfied and further added that the quotient of positivity is directly related to happiness and social, physical, economic and educational security. Dr. Ashok K Chauhan said that “success without satisfaction and bliss is of no importance and therefore Positivism will help change the life of every citizen. Attributing his success to Positivism, he said 95% of my success is because of the positivity in my life.” Hon’ble Chancellor, AUR- Shri Aseem Chauhan warmly welcomed the Galaxy of leaders, Professionals and experts to the conference and said Positivism has to become a mass movement so that human mind can be controlled. He called upon youth to pledge ‘to be part of a solution and not a problem.’ Hon’ble Vice Chancellor AUR Prof. Raj Singh stated that this effort is the result of Jaipur Declaration 2010 and proceeds with the same objective. He added that all the Hon’ble guests at the event are embodiment of Positivism themselves.” Addressing the august gathering Prof S. S. Nathawat- Conference Director announced to continue the movement of Positivism by organizing satellite conferences in campuses of Amity on Jan 20th 2012 at AUUP- Noida, Feb 23rd and 24th 2012 at AUUP – Lucknow and on March 23rd 2012 at AUH. The first day of the conference began with a Plenary Session chaired by Dr. Rick Levy- Director, Levy Foundation, USA on Positivism: Global Perspective where topics like concepts of mental health, positivity and its relation with pleasure, happiness and bliss were discussed. Also Prof. Sangeetha Menon emphasized on wellbeing and its implications for brain and consciousness studies. Rick Levy concluded the session by highlighting the relationship between Atma and Parmatma with special reference to Yogananda. Following the plenary session, two concurrent sessions were organised on Positivism, Meaning and Purpose in life and Dimennsions of Positivism respectively, which gave insight on issues like Positive Ageing, The Moral Values of Buddhism and Moksha: attitude of psychophysical distancing. More than 300 research scholars, Pschycologists, scientists and academicians from premier institutes and universities like Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Jamia MiliaIslamia University, Banaras Hindu University, IITs, IIM-Shillong and DRDO will deliberate on topics such as Understanding Pleasure, Happiness and Bliss, Authenticity: A key to positivity in life, Positivism and its Impact at Workplace, Psychology and religion: From positivistic to social constructionist and many others. The second day of the international conference on “POSITIVISM: PATH TO SUCCESS, SATISFACTION & BLISS” started with the topic “Positivity and its impact at Workplace addressed by Prof. Upinder Dhar, Vice Chancellor, JK Laxmipath University, Jaipur wherein he laid stress on inculcating Positivity which always starts from the top and flows downwards to the lowest level of the organization. To promote Positivity amongst the employees, he advised organizations to conduct training programs on regular basis which will help reduce stress and imbibe feeling of belongingness amongst the employees. He emphasized that people with positive attitude are expert at creating, noticing and acting upon chance opportunities which should be shared amongst the colleagues. Negativity is too draining and Contagious, he opined. During this plenary session on Facets and Applications of Positivism on today at Amity University Rajasthan. Dr. M. Thirunavukarasu – President, Indian Psychiatric Society chaired the session. Presenting his paper on “Positivism and Religion: From Positivistic to Social Constructionist, Prof. Uday Jain, Former Vice Chancellor, Rewa University, stressed that Positivity is comprehensive and includes all domains of life. Only philosophy and religion could construct positive health and meditation is the technique to promote Positivism. Prof. K.B Kumar, Sweekar Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hyderabad made a presentation on “Positivism and Quality of Life” which stressed on spirituality being a fundamental vehicle which can exist both with and without a religious framework. Spiritual well being is the indication of quality of life thereby leading oneself to positivism. The concurrent sessions on Positivism in relation to Indian Heritage, Religion and Spirituality, was chaired by Prof. Upinder Dhar and Prof. Malvika Desai from IIM Shillong, which laid stress on how religion and spirituality lead to well being and happiness since it derives from optimistic and positive attitude to life. Presentation were made on “How religion help the elderly population where they can find meaning in life and get sense of belongingness. Papers were presented on the topics such as Positivism-Community Health and QOL was chaired by Shri Sudhir Pratap Singh, IPS Rajasthan Police , Positivism and Occupational Wellbeing, Positivism and Youth Development, Positivity and Spirituality chaired by Prof. Upinder Dhar, Shri Sudhir Pratap Singh, Prof T.B Singh, Prof. Dwarka Pershad, PGI, Chandigarh and Prof S.D Sharma respectively. Prof. Prasad advised adolescents to have a positive attitude towards life which could spread out golden gate for their future. Papers were presented on the topics such as Positivism-Community Health and QOL was chaired by Shri Sudhir Pratap Singh, IPS Rajasthan Police , Positivism and Occupational Wellbeing, Positivism and Youth Development, Positivity and Spirituality chaired by Prof. Upinder Dhar, Shri Sudhir Pratap Singh, Prof T.B Singh, Prof. Dwarka Pershad, PGI, Chandigarh and Prof S.D Sharma respectively. Prof. Prasad advised adolescents to have a positive attitude towards life which could spread out golden gate for their future. Topics such as the Potential Role of spirituality in the well-being of the aged, The core of Transpersonal Psychology in the Fold of Positivism, Community Health Psychology along with other perspectives were thoroughly discussed. The sessions were insightful and topics for future studies were discovered. The con-current sessions were followed by a enlightening meditation workshop by Dr. Rick Levy- Director, Levy Foundation, USA and an Interactive Poster Session by Prof. Waheeda Khan from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. A training cum workshop was conducted by Dr. Rick Levy of Levy Foundation, USA on “Healing the mind and soul” through hypnosis and meditation, deep breathing and by chanting OM. During the workshop he shared his with the mesmerized audience the techniques to shift into the second gear of deep breathing in which one moves from a level of consciousness to deeper level of consciousness, in other words one moves successively from consciousness to sub consciousness and then to individual super consciousness and finally to universal super consciousness. After the workshop each and every participants felt rejuvenated and fresh in mind and soul. The second day session concluded with a breath taking cultural performance by the students of Amity University including a spell bound dance performance on displaying MATURITY through dance, music, drama depicting the various stages of life from child hood to youth to middle age to old age and finally achieving Nirvana and how one can be happy in all these stages of life through Positivism. A colorful Rajasthani dance was presented by the students familiarizing the foreign delegates with Indian culture. The International conference on “POSITIVISM: PATH TO SUCCESS, SATISFACTION & BLISS” concluded with the valedictory address by Chief Guest Prof. Dr. J.P. Singh, Member Secretary, Rehabilitation Council of India who advised students to stop being critical and try to be happy. Sharing his experiences with the august gathering, he said that consciousness level of every person with disability need to raised which is a very challenging task. In our sub conscious mind we have negative attitude towards people with disabilities, whereas there is a need to look within ourselves with compassion towards these persons. He advised students to bring attitudinal changes in society through positivity so that every citizen of the country can be a happy citizen. Dr. Ashok K Chauhan, Founder President, Amity Group attributed the success of conference to the participation of over 300 eminent psychologists who came from all over the globe to promote Positivism. He said that success in life is so easy but satisfaction, pleasure, bliss and happiness in very rare combination which one must achieve. He advised students that through positivism, right attitude and behavior, any one can face all adverse situations of life. Share and care is the mantra of changing one’s life, opined Dr. Chauhan. Thanking the participants for contributing their valuable views on the issue of Positivism, Mr. Aseem Chauhan, Chancellor, Amity University Rajasthan commented that Positivism will become a revolution in the country now and through this conference, a road map will be laid to see how to catalyze this movement and take it to the common man, which will benefit millions of people around the Globe. Prof. Dr. Raj Singh, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Rajasthan spoke on the need to document the Wisdom that is scattered all over the country and make the World look at Positivism which, till now has been ignored. He advised the students to make the maximum use of the knowledge shared by the experts and implement happiness and well being in day to day life. The concluding day of the conference started with the Plenary session on “Positivism, Community Wellbeing and Peace” chaired by Prof. Uday Jain, Former Vice Chancellor, Rewa University. During the session Prof. K. Ramakrishna Rao, Chairman, Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi spoke on the topic “Yoga-Advaita Psychology: An Inclusive psychology for the future in which he laid stressed on the imbalance that exist between external material and internal spirituality. He called upon the need to develop a new paradigm in Psychology which can bridge the gap between external material and internal spirituality. Prof. Rao echoed that “We in India have a very rich tradition which is not to be forgotten. We need to awake ourselves which will help in bridging the imbalance in western countries. Indian psychology can be Pan-Human - which means that Indian psychology should be followed around the globe by way of spirituality. Citing the example of India which is more tolerant towards people wherein an immigrant, a woman and Christian is a most powerful woman of India whereas the state of our own women is not so progressive. Such disparity would however will not be tolerated in foreign countries. Citing the example of Gandhiji, Prof. Rao said that the satyagrah offered at the right time, right place can not fail. Prof. Rao said that desire to have more and more wealth is an unending cycle where mind gets trapped and there is a need to control mind to achieve happiness. Affluence has increased and there is decline in morality, this gap can only be filled with spirituality. Prof. Sharda Nadram, University of Applied Sciences HAN, Netherlands made a presentation on “Regulatory focus and mindfulness in enterprising behaviour: Drivers of Positivism”. Her paper explored mindfulness and its multi dimensional benefits for individuals in general and more specific enterprising behavior. She argued that enterprise is the broader concept that entrepreneurship. 175 research papers were presented during the three day conference. Presenting her paper on “Impact of yoga on emotional intelligence, spiritual intelligence and psychological well being in male and female yoga practitioners”, Prof. Safia Akhtar, University of Rajasthan said that Yoga is a holistic approach which aims to make a dramatic difference in the quality of our lives. Her study concluded that spiritual intelligence is more in females than males through Yoga and more Yoga practice would mean more psychological well being. Another paper presented by Prof. Anjana Purohit, Arts & Commerce Girls College, Raipur on “Impact of spiritual practices on Happiness in middle Agers” stated that at every stage of life, happiness is influenced by a number of factors. Success in a chosen vocation, which brings with it prestige, financial rewards and improved social status for a family, goes a long way toward making middle age a satisfying period of life for men. Satisfaction in middle age women depends mainly on the success with which they are able to adjust to the changes which contribute to their role in home making. A study was conducted by Prof. Jitendra Mohan, Panjab University on the topic “Aggression, passion and sports motivation among school children” on a sample size of 60 students in a age group of 11-14 years and 30 students in the age group of 15-18 years which suggested that there was more aggression and physical anger and hostility in the age group of 14 years whereas there is an increase in harmonious passion and intensive motivation in the age group of 15-18 years of school children, if they adopted at least one sport during school. Papers were presented on the topic “Happiness across the life span: A cross sectional study” presented by Prof. Punam Midha, Rohtak University who stressed on the fact that happiness is an art of living but to remain happy is a challenge. Prof. Midha opined that as age increases, happiness decreases. Maximum happiness is at age group of 10-15 years of age. This age group is the golden period of life. Minimum point of happiness is at age between 75-80 years. Prof. Midha also observed that age group of 30-39 years is the age of mid life crisis. Prof. Meena Jain, University of Rajasthan presented her paper on “Connecting Spiritual Intelligence with Emotional Intelligence” which enlightened the concepts of Spiritual Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence as a tool of positive psychology for routine activities. Spiritual Intelligence brings us mental peace and raises our consciousness while emotional intelligence represent an ability to reason with emotions. Papers were also presented on Meditative and Relaxation Techniques / Integrated Medicines and Mental Health by Prof. K.B. Kumar, Sweekar Institute of Rehabilitation, Hyderabad. Parenting stress and coping: An approach to epilepsy by Dr. Vasundhara Kumari. Emotional intelligence and occupational stress: A study of Indian medical professionals by Dr. Aparna Singh including 40 other papers.

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