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Emerald Heights creates History by hosting The First Symposium Global Project of Columbia University, New York in Central India

The Emerald Heights International School brought in town
an exclusive educational symposium with an Ivy League Institute, Columbia
University, New York, USA, themed on ‘Classics for the Emerging World’. The
symposium aimed to mark a turning point of the stereotype learning experiences
for the students across the town. The 8-day long Symposium Global Project was held from January
08-14, 2020.

This
was the first ever global project with an Ivy League University in the state of
Madhya Pradesh, and unwired the brains of the students in a very substantial
manner. The Symposium focused on the core values quintessential for happy survival
in these turbulent times.

Professor
Rachel Chung and Professor Kim Chung along with the Columbian fellows Mariel Corinne Tai Sander, Zachary Morris Ginsberg and
Srivatsav Pyda discussed and analyzed the
three popular texts from different
civilizations: The Analects of Confucius, The Bhagwad Gita and Socrates’
Defense by Plato which opened up the doors to thinking and imagining to a whole
new level thereby bringing the reality of life to surface, which otherwise goes
unnoticed in the mad race of meaningless competition.

While
the students were deeply engaged into probing versus, they also brainstormed on
the relevance of these texts in day to day life. The most significant amongst
these lessons were the: Presence of Krishna within, Freedom and its boundaries,
Disagreement with humbleness. etc. During the 8-day long symposium classes, the participants
experienced and lived enriching philosophical moments with Professors and
students from Columbia University.

Our Director, Mr. Siddharth Singh remarked on the closing
ceremony, “In my endeavor to bring an essence of spirituality and humaneness
alongside formal education, I wish more students of the town could have been
benefitted! After all, this precious life is all about Self and the Society”.

The Columbian team was all impressed with the rich Indian
culture and tradition on their trips to Ujjain, Mandu Maheshwar, Delhi, Agra
and Jaipur.

Columbia University, amongst the world’s top 10 ranked
institutions, is the most important center of research and a distinctive
learning environment for undergraduate and graduate studies in many scholarly
and professional fields. The university seeks to attract a diverse and
international faculty and creates academic relationships with many countries.
It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the
highest level and conveys the products of its efforts to the world.