After a long gap of 19 years, again Research work from BHU has been resumed. Now the Research Scholars of the various departments of Faculty of Arts, BHU can be enrolled for their Ph.D. at Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, an external Research Center of B.H.U. Through a meeting of D.R.C. ( Departmental Research Committee ), Department of Philosophy, BHU held on 19/09/2019, two Research Scholars got enrolled under Supervision of Dr. S. P. Pandey, Joint Director, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth. Dr. Pandey will work as external Supervisor. Now the Research Scholars from other departments like Department of A.I.H.C. & Archaeology, Hindi, Sanskrit, Jain Bauddha Darshan (SVDV) will be able to get registered under faculty of Parshwanath Vidyapeeth for their Ph.D. Research.
21st June, 2019, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi. On the eve of International Yoga Day more than 85 participants including the P G Diploma Yoga in Yoga & Meditation practiced Yoga. They did practice for many postures of Yoga as standing, sitting and sleeping as well. In last they did meditation and Pranayam also. The program was organized in collaboration of Indira Gandhi National Centre of Art, Regional Centre. Main function of International Yoga Day started with Yogic Managalacharan and Dr. S. P. Pandey, Director of the Institute welcomed the Guest. The Chief Gust was Prof. Abhimanyu Singh, Head Dept. of Physical Education, B H U, Sh. V. K. Jain, a Social Activist of Varanasi, chaired the session and Dr. V. K. Shukla, Director I G N C A was the Guest of Honor. DR. S. P. Pandey presented in short the importance of Yoga and its therapeutic use in one, s life. Sh. V K Jain expressed his happiness over the well-organized program and assured Dr. Pandey all the help to provide for the Development of Yoga Education.
It is worth to mention here that Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, from the year 2018 is running a P G Diploma Course in Yoga & Meditation. This course is recognized by Kaivalyadham Institute of Yoga, Lonavla (Pune). In first batch more than 20 students have taken admission. The Faculties to teach Yoga are well experienced and noted in their fields. There is not a single centre of Yoga recognized by Kaivalyadham Institute other than Parshwanath Vidyapeeth. It is emerging centre of excellence in Yoga.
There is enormous literature in Prakrit language. Majority of the Prakrit works still remains inaccessible to the scholars of Jainology as well as to those working in other disciplines because of non-availability of Prakrit texts with their translations in other languages. For comparative and comprehensive study of Indian tradition, history, culture, literature, language, poetics etc. knowledge of Prakrit is essential.
Keeping in view the importance of the subject Parshwanath Vidyapeeth organised a 21 Day National Workshop on Teaching & Learning in Prakrit Language from 17th May to 06th June, 2019. This is the 10th workshop on Prakrit in this series. Parshwanath Vidyapeeth is committed to impart knowledge of Prakrit to the students and scholars interested in Indological.
The Inaugural function of the workshop was held on 17th May, 2019. Dr. Vijay Shankar Shukla, Director of I.G.N.C.A.,Varanasi, was the Chief-guest,Sh. D. R. Bhansali, famous Industrialist and Philanthropist, and Vice President, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi was the Guest of honour and Senior Prof. Jagatram Bhattacharya, Dept. of Prakrit, Pali and Sanskrit, Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan, West Bengol presided over the session,
There were 30 participants in the Workshop from the different universities, i.e. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, Basant Kanya P. G. Collage, Jain Vishwa Bharati University, Ladanun.
In this workshop 60 lectures and 05 special lectures were delivered by the subject experts. Apart from the special lectures maximum classes were engaged by Prof. Dinanath Sharma, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, Prof. Jagatram Bhattacharya, Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan, West Bengol, Dr. Rahul Kumar Singh, Bajarang Inter College, Bhadari, Kunda, Pratapgarh and Dr. Pratap Mishra, SGR PG College, Dobhi, Jaunpur.
In order to provide a sound background of Prakrit Language and Literature, besides regular lectures scheduled per day on grammar, 05 special lectures were arranged by the eminent scholars of the respective subjects. Following special lectures were delivered during the Workshop:
1. Arddhamagadhi Agam Sahitya by Dr. S. P. Pandey, Joint Director, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi.
2. Prakrit Jaina Katha Sahitya by Prof. Prabhunath Dwivedi, Former Head, Deptt. of Sanskrit, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi.
3. Ashok ke Prakrit Abhilekh by Prof. Maheshwari Prasad, National Professor, National Archives, New Delhi.
4. Hathigumpha Prakrit Abhilekh by Prof. Maheshwari Prasad, National Professor, National Archives, New Delhi.
5. Prakrit ke Hastalikhita Grantha by Dr. Vijay Shankar Shukla, Director, IGNCA, Varanasi.
The Teaching in the Workshop was based on the Hemacandra Vyakaran and the method adopted for teaching was drilling system to make understand the grammar easily for participants. In this system the teacher selects the words while teaching the text and by drilling method he demonstrates the essential constituents of the word.
At the end of the workshop an examination was held followed by a writen exam and viva-voce. On the basis of the final result three participants were awarded certificate of merit with prizes. Dev Sarashwat Faculty of SVDV, BHU, secured 1st Position, Haridarshan Faculty of SVDV, BHU, secured 2nd Position and Vijay Shankar Singh, Deptt. of Sanskrit, MGKV, Varanasi secured 3rd Position and Ram Awadh Kushvaha, Deptt. of Sanskrit, MGKV, Varanasi secured incentive prize.
Valedictory function of the Workshop was held on 6th June, 2019. Prof. P. N. Dwivedi, Former Head, Department of Sanskrit, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi, was Chairman of the session, Prof. Y. P. Dubey, Former Vice Chancellor, Sampurnanand Sanskrit University, Varanasi, was the Chief Guest of this session and Sh. Kunvar Vijayanand Singh, Senior Vice President, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi was the Guest of honour. The Workshop completed successfully under the Directorship of Dr. S. P. Pandey, Joint Director, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, Varanasi and Dr. O. P. Singh was the co-ordinator of the workshop.
Concluding Remarks: The workshop was well organised. The participants of the workshop were fully satisfied with process of teaching and the selection of the faculty members. The participants in their feedback appreciated the commitment and zeal of the management for organizing such a nice workshop. The participants were of the opinion that apart from ELENENTARY COURSE on Prakrit an ADVANCE COUESE on Prakrit should be conducted, so that the participants of ELENENTARY COURSE could get chance to upgrade their knowledge of Prakrit.