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.
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