International Seminar on the topic of “Contribution of the Indian & the Russian cultures at the era of Globalization” was held on 27, May 2016 in collaboration with “DISHA” Russian-Indian friendship society (Moscow), Sahityik Sanskrutik Shodh Sanstha (Mumbai) and International Centre for South Asian studies of Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH).
The main topical issues were discussed during the Seminar: to bring the languages and literatures of India and Russia together; cultural exchanges between India and Russia; to covey the knowledge, philosophy, tradition and trends of India to the new generation of Russian students through the Professors of India; interaction by Indian Professors with academic counterpart in Russia to gain the knowledge about modern Russian Society.
There are several reasons for holding such event. They were: to involve scientific communities into the process of study Hindi language and literature and to integrate them within this process, to develop ties with leading educational and scientific Centres for South Asian studies in Russia, CIS countries and abroad, and to familiarize RSUH students and teachers with the national Indian rules and traditions.
The event was actively supported by the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Cultural Centre (JNCC), Embassy of India in Russian Federation.
The welcoming speeches were presented by Russian and Indian sides:
Prof. Evgeniy Ivakhnenko, Rector of RSUH mentioned about the importance of the relations in the educational field between RSUH and Indian universities; prof. Vera Zabotkina, Pro-Rector for International affairs said that more than 8 Memorandums of understanding (MOU) were signed in the last five years between the RSUH and ICCR, the University of Delhi, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Guwahati University, Tezpur University, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Dr. Olga Pavlenko, Pro-Rector for science noticed that Hindi is taught at several departments and every year many students is eager to study Hindi to find work in the Russian-Indian firms in the field of high technology, military and maritime industries, tourism and hospitality industries.
Mr. Ashsh Sharma, Director of JNCC, Dr. Rameshwar Singh, the founder and President of the Russian-India Friendship society “DISHA” and prof. Sergey Serebryaniy, Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies of RSUH, prof. Boris Zakharyin, Head of the Department of Indian studies, emeritus professor of Moscow State University, prof. Evgeniya Vanina, the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science, Dr. Irina Maksimenko, former Chief Editor of the International news agency "Russia today" were the important part of the Inauguration Program.
About thirty Hindi teachers, students of Moscow universities, indologists and Indian colleagues from Embassy of India in Moscow are to take part in this International Seminar: Dr. Liudmila Khokhlova, Dr. Guzel Strelkova, Dr. Ekaterina Panina, Dr. Anastasiya Guriya, Dr. Irina Maximenko, Dr. Meenu Sharma, JNCC Hindi teacher, Ms. Ekaterina Komissaruk, Ms. Maria Alexandrova, Dr. Safarmo Tolibi, Dr. Barno Avezova, Mr. Anil Janvijay, Prof. Vladimir Liperovsky, Ms. Olesya Maltseva, Mr. Yury Korchagov, Dr.Anton Kogan, Ms.Indira Gazieva, Ms.Sonia Arti, editor of Vishwa Darpan, Ms. Ekaterina Semenova (Second Department Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation), Mr. Ilya Ostapenko (Voronezh city), Dr. Margarita Tarverdova (Progress Publishing house).
Distinguished scholars, Head of the Hindi Departments, School and Colleges Principals from institutions of some Indian States arrived from India to take part in this Seminar: Dr. Pradeep Kumar Singh, Secretary of the Institute of Literature and Cultural Studies, Head of the Hindi Department, Sathaye University, Mumbai; Dr. Vinay Kumar, Head of the Hindi department Gaya College, Gaya, Bihar; Dr. Anil Singh, Head of the Hindi department, Am.Bi. College, Shahapur, Thane district, Mumbai; Dr. Ajay Bhai Patel, Shyamlaji College Principal, Gujarat; Mr. Shridilip Kumar KalajibhaiKatara, Shyamlaji, Secretary of Pradesh Kelovali Council; Dr. Nareshbhai Ramjibhai Patel, Arthas Baivali College Principal, Gujarat; Dr. Rinu, Associate Professor, Hindi Department of Gaya College, Gaya, Bihar; Dr. Arjun Chavhan, Professor of Hindi Department, Kolahpur University, Kolahpur; Dr. Vijay Sandesh, Associate professor of Hindi Department Markham College, Hazaribagh; Shree Pradeep Saurab Rachnakar, Upnyaskar; Prof. Govinda Murarka, Head of the Hindi Department, Chetna College, Mumbai; Dr. Prabha Dixit, Principal Kanya Degree College, Bharua; Dr. Ramkishor Sharma, former Head of the Hindi Department, Allahabad University, Allahabad; Dr. Surendra Yadav, Hindi Department, Katihar; Dr. J.B. Pandey, Head of the Hindi Department, University of Ranchi, Ranchi; Dr. Gita Sahaye Hindi department Gaya college, Gaya; Dr. Shila Sharma Head of Department Hindi Government College Bhilai m.p; Shree Satish kanojiya Acedmic pramuk SSRI Mumbai; Prof. Pushpa Rani, Hindi Department, Kurukshetra University, Haryana; Shree Kelash Nath Pandey Former Officer SBI Allahabad; Prof. Satyanarayana Rao, Head of the Hindi department, Kurnool College, Karnul, Andhra Pradesh; Dr. Savita Singh Head of Hindi Department Ramkrishna more college Aakurdi Pune.
Some magazines and books were published on Hindi and had been presented on this Seminar: Professor Pradeep Kumar Singh presented the "The contribution of Russia, India and Uzbekistan in culture, literature at the era of Globalization"’s magazine; Russian-Indian Friendship Society "DISHA" has published the regular issue of the magazine "NEW DISHA";
Dr. Prabha Dixit, Director Kanya Degree College of Bharua presented her book titled "The Hard face of Globalization". Indian participants also showed Russian Hindi Teachers their books and the issue of the literary and cultural journal "Philosophy of society of Brahmarishi".
This International Seminar became the logical continuation of bilateral constructive dialogue between Russia and India in the field of linguistics, theory and practice of translation, philology, philosophy and culture. During the meeting, the Russian and Indian teachers will exchange views on methods of teaching Hindi language.
We hope that holding of such International Seminars between Indian and Russian universities will become a tradition.