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Fr Stephen Jayard


Fr. S. Stephen Jayard
Nationality : Indian
Belonging to : Catholic Diocese of Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India
Father’s Name : A. Susainathan;
Mother’s Name : S. Jeya Christy
Date of Birth : 17 May, 1969
Sex : Male

Areas of Interests :

  •  Philosophy of Science (Doctoral thesis on “Rationality of Science’)
  • Science-Religion Dialogue
  • Spirituality through Science
  • Philosophy of Environment
  • Biomedical Ethical Issues and Philosophy
  • Animal Rights
  • Rights of the Future Generations
  • Philosophy of Religion

Languages Known :

  • Proficiency in English – Completed graduate and post-graduate studies in English and the medium of teaching is also English.
  • Other Languages: Familiarity with French (four semesters during my Under Graduate Studies); German (primary level course at Max Mueller Bhanvan, Pune); Latin, Greek and Hebrew (studies during my priestly training).

S.No. Course Place of Study YOP Percentage
1 Higher  Secondary Tiruchirappalli Mar-86 80% (Distinction)
2 B.Ph (Bachelor of Philosophy) Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune Mar-91 67% (First Class)
3 B.Sc (Physics) (Bachelor of Physics) Bharadhidhasan University,Tamil Nadu Apr-94 76.02% (Distinction)
4 B.Th (Bachelor of Theology) Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune Mar-97 66% (First Class)
5 M.A (Philosophy) Pune University May-02 77.10%
6 UGC NET (R. No. M 500 265) Through Pune University Jun-02 (Distinction & First in the University)
7 Ph.D Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad Apr-09
8 Post-doctoral Research Lonergan Institute, Washington D.C., and Boston College, Massachusetts, USA 2011-2102

Academic Experience :

  •  Taught : Taught a course on ‘History and Philosophy of Science’ at Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth (Papal Seminary), Pune, for the Under Graduate students of Philosophy, as visiting lecturer since 2002 and as residential faculty since 2008.
  • Participated: A few international Symposia on ‘Science and Religion’ jointly organised by the Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Pune and the Templeton Foundation, USA, in Jan 2002, Jan 2003, and Jan 2004.
  • Participated: An international workshop on ‘Philosophy of Biology’, at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco, jointly organised by ISHPSSB and the University of California, California, in Sep 2004.
  • Lectures: As a Teaching Assistant, gave a series of lectures on ‘Philosophy of Science’, ‘Science, Technology and Society’, and ‘Applied Ethics’, at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, for the B. Tech students, in 2005 and 2006
  • Participated: An International Symposium on “Science-Religion Dialogue and Cosmic Future: The Perspectives of Teilhard de Chardin & Sri Aurobindo”, jointly organised by Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Pune and others, in Pune, on 2-6, January, 2006.
  • Held interviews and discussions with Prof. Dudley Shapere, at the Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA, from August – October, 2006.
  • Participated: A seminar on “Bayesian Reasoning”, at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, October, 2006.

Current Affiliation :
 Reader (Associate Professor), Faculty of Philosophy
Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pontifical Institute of Philosophy and Religion
Pune – 411014, Maharashtra
India

 Visiting Faculty at :

  •  Morning Star College, Kolkata
  • Jeevalaya – Institute of Philosophy, Bengaluru
  • John’s College of Philosophy, Kurnool
  • Institute of Mater Dei, Goa
  • Vidya Bhavan, Institute of Philosophy, Bhopal

 Had been a visiting Faculty at :

  • International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad
  • Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea

Courses Taught :

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Basic Science
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Cosmology
  • Introduction to Epistemology and Hermeneutics
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Seminar on Gender Issues and Science
  • Seminar on Science and Rationality
  • Seminar on values and Science
  • Seminar on Karl Popper
  • Introduction to Epistemology and Hermeneutics
  • Natural Theology
  • Scientific Mysteries and Theological Reflections

 

  • Stood First in the University of Pune in the Master’s Program in Philosophy, May 2002
  • Qualified in June 2002 in the prestigious National Educational Testing, conducted by the University Grants Commission, the highest Higher Education Commission of the Govt. of India. This qualifies me to be a lecturer in any of the Indian University.
  • Stood First at the national level entrance test for Ph.D. by the Central University, Hyderabad, and registered for Ph.D. in Aug, 2003.
  • Obtained Doctoral Degree from the Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, India, in 2009
  • Postdoctoral research on Lonergan and Values in Science, at Lonergan Research Institute, St. Anselm Abbey, Washington D.C., and Boston College, USA – October, 2011 – April 2012.

Articles in the Journals / Paper Presentations

  •  Made a presentation on “Dialogue between Science and Religion”, at the International Symposium on ‘Mysticism, Modern Science and Values, in Pune, in Jan 2005.
  • A series of lectures on “Towards Fullness of Life,” for the intermediate students at St. Francis Junior College, Hyderabad, in July 2005.
  • Presented a paper on “Some Observations on Observation in Philosophy and Science”, at the Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, on 29th September 2005
  • Presented a Paper on “Intuition – An Interface between Mysticism and Science,” at the National Symposium on “Education for Better Worldliness”, at Dayalbagh Educational Institute (Deemed University), Agra, on 1 – 2, October, 2005.
  • “Observation and Gravitational Experiments”, Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, 4 Oct, 2007.
  • Response to Paper: “Non-Violence and Non-Absolutism: Some Christian Perspectives”, by Anthaiah Kondaveeti, in National Seminar of Non-Violence and Non-Absolutism, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Feb 21-22, 2008.
  • Response to Paper: “Science, Religion and Globalization, with Special Reference to Vasudhaiva Kutumbaka’, by Arvind K. Jha, in International Symposium on Science-Religion Dialogue in a Globalizing World, Jan 1-5, 2008, jointly organized by Indian Institute of Science and Religion, Pune.
  • Presented a paper on “Science and Spirituality”, at the National Seminar for the Medical Nurses, Vijay Marie Hospital, Hyderabad, 6 March, 2008.
  • Conducted a seminar on “Education for Transformation” at St. Joseph’s Girls’ High School, Pune, on 5 September, 2008
  • Presented a paper in the Panel Discussion, on “Fact-Value Dichotomy and the Consensus of the Scientific Community” at the Annual Seminar on “Fact-Value Dichotomy”, at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, 17 November, 2008.
  • Organized the Staff-Students Seminar on “Fact-Value Dichotomy”, JDV, Pune, on 17 Nov, 2008
  • Delivered a special lecture on “Science and Religion – Friends or Foes”, at Vijay Marie Nursing School, Hyderabad, 20 November, 2008.
  • Presented a paper, under the Late Dr. Consilia Fernandes Memorial Lecture Series, on “Human Values – From Science and Religion Perspectives”, at Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 22 November, 2008.
  • Response to a Paper: The Spiritual Brain – Critical Approach to Neurotheology, at the International Symposium on “The Neuroscientific Revolution, the Human Soul and Spirituality”, organized by IISR, JDV Pune, 1-5 January, 2009, at Lonavla, Maharashtra.
  • Delivered a talk: “Nature and Scripture: Sure Ways to God”, at Nav Sadhana Pastoral Centre, Pune, 12 Feb, 2009
  • Successfully defended the doctoral thesis, “The Notion of Reasonableness in the Construal of Rationality in Science”, at the Central University, Hyderabad, 23 March, 2009.
  • Lectures on “The Place of Spirituality in the World of Science” at various places in Malaysia, April-May, 2009. (1) To the University Students, Catholic Community Centre, Trengannu, Malaysia; 2) To the Young Adults Group, St. Peter’s Church, Melacca, Malaysia; 3) RCIA, Christ the Light Church, Desa Jaya, Malaysia; 4) Catholic Youth Association, Jesus Caritas Church, Kepong; 5) Catholic Lawyers’ and Doctors’ Association, Assumption Church, Kuala Lumpur; and 6) Senior Secondary Students, Christ the Light Church, Desa Jaya.
  • Series of lectures on “Essential Dimensions and Excellent Models of Life” at P.I.M.E. Vidhya Bhavan, Pune, 31 May – 4 June, 2009.
  • “Far-Reaching Vision – Reflections on Galileo and Telescope”, ASSR Lecture Series, JDV, Pune, 27 Nov, 2009.
  • “Interfacing of Science and Religion – Subtle, Yet Substantial”, Morning Star College, Calcutta, 11 Dec, 2009
  • Paper presented: “Nanotechnology: A Refutation of the Limits of Science?”, International Symposium on “Science-Religion Dialogue in the World of Nanoscience: The Encounter Between The Mastery of Science and the Mystery of Religion”, Lonavla, Pune, 1st – 5th, 2010. [Some sections of this paper were presented also at the National Seminar on ”Nanotechnology and Its Impact on Society”, at St. Xavier’s College, Goa, 13 Feb, 2010].
  • A Lecture on “Science and Religion: Two Eyes of the Face of Humanity”, Mater Dei Academy, Goa, 8 Jan, 2010.
  • A Lecture on “The Magnificent World of Macrocosm and Its Implications for Faith”, Mater Dei Academy, Goa, 11 Jan, 2010.
  • Paper presented: “Inductive Reasoning – Its Inevitability and Implications for Natural Sciences and Human Life”, at JDV Staff Seminar, 21 July, 2010.
  • A series of Lectures on Self, Others and Spirituality, for the Nursing Students, at Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 8th – 10th, Oct, 2010;  and for MBA students at St. Joseph’s PG College, Hyderabad, 12th – 14th Oct, 2010.
  • A lecture on “Limits of Science – Its Implications for Religious Experience”, Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 11th Oct, 2010.
  • A lecture on “What Is / Is Not Spirituality?”, St. Francis College and Capitanio Communities, Hyderabad, 14th Oct, 2010.
  • A lecture on “Should Science be Unlimited? – Its Inevitability and Implications”, Morning Star College, Calcutta, 8th Nov, 2010.
  • Series of lectures on “Mary for Modern Times”, the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Singapore, 19 – 26, December, 2010.
  • A lecture on “Should Values Bother Biotechnology”, in the seminar on Biotechnology: Challenges and Opportunities, Khandala, Jan 28-30, 2011
  • Keynote address: “Interfacing Science, Society and Religion: Challenges and Opportunities”, in a seminar on “Interfacing Science, Society and Religion”, at Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli, 18-19, February, 2011.
  • The Concepts of Science and Religion: A Contemporary Look”, at a Seminar on Science-Religion Dialogue, organized by AIACHE, 27 April – 3 May, 2011, on 28 April, 2011, at JDV, Pune.
  • Paper presented (in absentia): “Science with a Human Touch: An urgent Need to Augment Life and Culture”, a Seminar on Science Society and Religion, jointly organized by Ilanthalir and Jamal Muhamed College, Trichy, 16 Feb, 2012 (The paper already published in Studies on Life and Culture, Research Institute for Life and Culture, SOGANG UNIVERSITY, Seoul, 9 (2011), 217~257.

 Articles :

  • “Mysticism and Quantum Physicists – Friends or Foes?,” in Omega – Indian Journal of Science and Religion, 3, No.2, 2004. pp. 89 – 106
  • “The Role of Intuition in Science”, in Together Towards Tomorrow – Interfacing Science and Religion in India, ed. Kuruvilla Pandikattu SJ, Association of Science, Society and Religion, Pune, 2006, pp. 145-170.
  • “Observations on Observation in Philosophy of Science”, in Omega – Indian Journal of Science and Religion, Vol.6, No.2, Dec, 2007, pp. 65-84.
  • “The Season of Advent: An Invitation to be Alert”, in Asian Journal for Priests and Religious 53:6 (Nov 2008): pp. 28-32.
  • “The Season of Lent: What and Why”, in Asian Journal for Priests and Religious 54:2 (March 2009): pp. 9-13.
  • “A Woman: ‘Double You, O Man!’ – Issues and Perspectives in the Empowerment of Women”, in Vikasini – The Journal of Women’s Empowerment, Vol. 24, No. 1, Jan- March, 2009, pp. 27-39
  • “Reasonableness: The Defining Characteristic of Human Beings”, in Satya Nilayam – Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, No. 17, Feb 2010, pp. 123-145
  • “Enrichment of Human Life Transcending Rational Restraints: A Philosophy of Science Perspective”, in Studies on Life and Culture, Research Institute for Life and Culture, Sogang University, Seoul, Vol. 16, 2010, pp.141-168.
  • “Spirituality that Liberates”, The Voice from the Hill, Aug 2010, 11-14.
  • “Birth of Mary: An Invitation to Live even after We Die”, Journal The Voice from the Hill, Sep 2010, pp. 12-14.
  • “Are Values Valuable in Science? – A Kuhnian Perspective”, Omega – Indian Journal of Science and Religion, Vol 9, No 1, 2010, pp. 7-24
  • “Rationality”, in Encyclopaedia of Indian Christian Philosophy (ECIP), by Association of Christian Philosophers of India (ACPI), Johnson J. Puthenpurackal, Editor in Chief (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2010), pp. 1133-1138
  • “Reasonableness in Science”, in Encyclopaedia of Indian Christian Philosophy (ECIP), by Association of Christian Philosophers of India (ACPI), Johnson J. Puthenpurackal, Editor in Chief (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2010), 1138-1143.
  • “Death: Dreadful or Wonderful?”, The Voice from the Hill, Nov 2010, pp. 8-9. [Translated into Tamil, Maranam: Bayangaramanatha? Or Adhisayamanatha?, in Malai Mulakkam, pp. 4-7, Nov. 2010].
  • “Mission”, The Voice from the Hill, Oct 2010, 5-6
  • “Understanding God’s Ways”, New Leader, Oct 1-15, 2010.
  • “Science with a Human Touch: An urgent Need to Augment Life and Culture”, in Studies on Life and Culture, Research Institute for Life and Culture, SOGANG UNIVERSITY, Seoul, 9 (2011), 217~257.
  • “What is Sinful in a Sin?”, Asian Journal for Priests and Religious 56:4 (July 2011), pp. 8-18.
  • “Towards an Enlightened and Enriched Humanity: Rays of Hope form Critical Interactions with the Contemporary Science”, in Jnanadeepa, Journal of Religious Studies, Pune, Vol. 14, No.2, July 2011, 79-102.
  • “ Is (Not) Indian Philosophy Rational?”, in Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 2,3,4, 2007 (2011), pp.49-67.
  • “The Role of Reasonableness in the Construal of Human Fullness – Reflections from Philosophy of Science”, in Mohan Doss / Andreas Vonach (eds.),  Human and Cosmic Fullness: A Multidisciplinary Approach. iup – Conference Series, Innsbruck 2012; pp 191 – 202.
  • “Towards Enlightened and Enriched Humanity: Rays of Hope from Critical Interactions with the Contemporary Science”, in Committed to the Church and the Country, edited by Kuruvilla Pandikatty SJ, James Ponnaiah and Thomas Kuriacose SJ, ISPCK and Jnana_Deepa Vidyapeeht, Pune, 2013, pp. 56-76.
  • “Is Popper Proper? – Reflections on Popper’s Views on Inductive Reasoning in Science”, in Indian Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 35, No. 1-4, 2008, (Published in Aug, 2013), pp. 1-16.
  • “Struggles of Science and Relevance of Religion”, in Satya Nilayam – Chennai Journal of Intercultural Philosophy, No. 24, Oct, 2013, pp. 110-127
  • “Visuvasam: Vergalum and Vizhuthugalum” (in Tamil), in Naan Nambukiren, ed. By Plavendran, Nallaayan Padhipgagam, Chennai, 2013, 15-31.
  • “Science and the Signs of the Times”, Jnanadeepa –Pune Journal of Religious Studies, Vol 17, No 1, Jan 2014, pp. 63 – 82.
  • “To Be Is to Choose”, in Asian Journal of Religious Studies, vol 59, No. 5, Sep, 2014, p. 10-15
  • “Does Feminism Contribute to the Development of Science? – If So, How? If Not, Why Not?”, in The Dynamics of Development – Negations and Negotiations, Keith D’Souza, ed, (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation and ACPI, 2014), pp. 171-190.
  • “The God I Don’t / Can’t Believe in”, Asian Journal of Religious Studies (AUC), Nov 2014, pp. 29-33

Seminars Conducted :

  • Three-day Seminar on “The World of Science – Empirical and Philosophical Perspectives”, at the Institute of Pastoral Management, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, 14 – 16 October, 2008.
  • One week Seminar on “God, and God as Feminine – Reflections on the Notions of God and their implications in the World of Science, Spirituality and Feminism”, Fatima Convent, Pune, 3 – 7 November, 2008.
  • One Week Seminar on “Mary for Modern Times”, Boat Club Convent, Pune, 10 – 14, November, 2008.
  • Two day seminar on “Interfacing Science, Society and Religion”, at Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli, 18-19, February, 2011.
  • One day seminar on The Significance of Spirituality in the World of Science and Stress, at Nav Sadhana, Pune, 18 July, 2013. (St. Patrick’s Junior College, Pune).
  • One day seminar on “To be Led… In Order to Lead”, at Sanjeevan Ashram, on 3 Aug, 2013. (For the Leaders of the Pune Service Team, PST).
  • Organized Inter-College Conference, on “Gender Issues in Science, Society and Religion”, at JDV, Pune, on 21 Feb, 2014.

Significant Academic Activities :

  • Conducted a seminar on “Education for Transformation” at St. Joseph’s Girls’ High School, Pune, on 5 September, 2008
  • Conducted a three-day Seminar on “The World of Science – Empirical and Philosophical Perspectives”, at the Institute of Pastoral Management, Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, 14 – 16 October, 2008.
  • Conducted a one-week Seminar on “God, and God as Feminine – Reflections on the Notions of God and their Implications in the World of Science, Spirituality and Feminism”, Generalate of the Sisters of Fatima, Pune, 3 – 7 November, 2008.
  • Conducted a one-week Seminar on “Mary for Modern Times”, Jesus Mary Provincialate, Pune, 10 – 14, November, 2008.
  • Presented a paper as a panellist, on “Fact-Value Dichotomy and the Consensus of the Scientific Community” at the Annual Seminar on “Fact-Value Dichotomy”, at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, 17 November, 2008.
  • Organized the Staff-Students Seminar on “Fact-Value Dichotomy”, JDV, Pune, on 17 November 2008
  • Delivered a special lecture on “Science and Religion – Friends or Foes”, at Vijay Marie Nursing School, Hyderabad, 20 November, 2008.
  • Presented a paper, under the late Dr. Consilia Fernandes Memorial Lecture Series, on “Human Values – From the Perspectives of Science and Religion”, at Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 22 November, 2008.
  • Responded to a paper on, “The Spiritual Brain – Critical Approach to Neurotheology”, at the International Symposium on “The Neuroscientific Revolution, the Human Soul and Spirituality”, organized by IISR, JDV Pune, 1-5 January, 2009.
  • Delivered a special lecture on, “Nature and Scripture: Sure Ways to God”, at Nav Sadhana Pastoral Centre, Pune, 12 Feb, 2009
  • Presented a paper, “The Role of Reasonableness in the Construal of Human Fullness – A Philosophy of Science Perspective”, at the 5th International Innsbruck – Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth Conference, on “Quest for Human and Cosmic Fullness: A Multidisciplinary Enquiry”, 28 – 31 August, 2009, at Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune.
  • Presented a paper: Enriching Human Life Transcending Rational Restraints – A Philosophy of Science Perspective”, at Special Lecture Series, Institute for Life and Culture, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, 9 April, 2010.
  • As Visiting Faculty to Mater Dei, Goa, and Morning Star College, Kolkotta.
  • As Visiting Faculty, teaching Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Religion, at Graduate School of Theology, Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, March – June 2010.
  • A Seminar on “Towards Becoming a Genuine CSPS – A Genuine Child, Student, Person and Spiritual Being”, at Holy Mary School, Bewandi, Tane Dt., 13 – 14, August 2010.
  • One-day seminar on “On Realizing One’s Self and Becoming a Genuine Teacher”, for the Staff St. Mary’s Matriculation School, Pondicherry, 23 May, 2011.
  • Two-day seminar for students on “Towards a Life of Integrity”, St. Joseph’s School Solapur, 22-23, July, 2011.
  • One-day seminar for teachers on “Why Should Teachers be Emotionally Intelligent?”, St. Joseph’s School, Solapur, 22-23, July, 2011.
  • One-day seminar for students on “Towards a Life with Meaning and Meaningfulness”, Little Flower School, Solapur, 13 August, 2011.
  • One-day seminar for teachers on “Why Should One bother about Emotional Intelligence?”, Little Flower School, Solapur, 22-23, July, 2011.
  • A Session on “Emotional Intelligence – Its Need and Relevance for a Life of Integrity”, Morning Star College, Kolkota, 25 August, 2011
  • “Emotional Intelligence: Optional or Obligatory”, Jeevalaya Institute of Philosophy, Bangalore, 15 September,2011.
  • “Spirituality in Modern Times – Marian Perspectives”, Our Lady of Good Health, Toronto, Canada, 29 April, 2012.
  • “The Word in the WorLd – Reflections on the Word of God in the World of Modernity” – Burnhamthorpe Community Centre, Mississauga, Canada, 5 May, 2012
  • Series of Talks on “Faith, Reason and Life” – Our Lady of Good Health, Toronto, Canada, April – July, 2012.
  • Newness in the Spirit of God – Tamil Mission, Montreal, Canada, 26 May, 2012
  • “Science and Religion – Friends or Foes?”, Youth Groups, Tamil Mission, Montreal, Canada, 10 June, 2012.
  • “Can Science Replace Religion? – Some Reflections on the Integration of Science and Religion”, Youth Leadership Program, St. Antony’s School, Washington D. C. , 9 July, 2012
  • A series of lectures on “The Building Blocks of Life”, Missionaries of Charity, Montreal, Canada, 18 – 21, August, 2012.
  • “The Essence of Catholic Faith in the World of Plurality”, Our Lady of Deliverance Mission, Montreal, Canada, 26 August, 2012.
  • “Stress Management – The Need and Relevance of It for Effective Life” at Jeevalaya – Institute of Philosophy, Bengaluru, 19 Sep, 2012; Morning Star College, Kolkotta, 2 October, 2012; Institute of Mater Dei, Goa, 8 October, 2012; Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 17 November, 2012;
  • Postdoctoral Research at the Lonergan Research Institutes: St. Anselm’s Abbey, Washington DC, USA; Boston College, Boston, MA; and Regis College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, from October 2011 – September 2012.
  • “Big Bang: A Limit or A Limitation?”, National Seminar on “Beyond Big Bang”, by JDV Centre for Science and Religion, Pune, 19 & 20, January, 2013.
  • Organized Inter-College Conference on, “Corruption: Roots and Remedies”, on the Colleges in the City of Pune and Hyderabad, at JDV Campus, 15 Feb, 2013.
  • Keynote address on “Integrating Science and Religion – the Need and Urgency, American College, in a Seminar jointly organized by Science-Religion Centre of Ilanthalir and American College, Madurai, on 1 March, 2013.
  • Special Annual Lecture on “Spiritual Enhancement – A Tool for Stress Management”, Bishop Heber College, Trichy, 2 March, 2013
  • Organized an Inter-College Conference on the theme, “Corruption: Roots and Remedies”, for the Colleges in the City of Pune and Hyderabad, 15 Feb, 2013
  • Co-organized a National Seminar, with the American College, Madurai, and Ilanthalir Centre for Science, Society and Religion, Tiruchirapalli, on ‘Science, Society and Religion”, on 1 March, 2013, at American College, Madurai.
  • Participated and presented reports in the Seminar for the Formators in Asia, “Presbyters in the Church as Communion: For an Integral Formation, Baan Phu Waan, Samphran, Organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand, Propaganda Fide and Sophia University, Italy, in Bangkok, 15 April – 5 May, 2013.
  • “Spirituality: A Tool to Deal with Stress”, to Students of Nursing College, Holy Cross Convent, Jaffna, Srilanka, 12 May, 2013.
  • A series of lectures on the “Cosmological Principles”, at St. Francis Xavier Seminary, Jaffna, Srilanka, 6 – 13 May, 2013.
  • Made a presentation in the Forum for Centre for Performing Arts on “Srilankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu: Challenges and Opportunities”, organized by Kalaithuthu College of Aesthetics, Jaffna, Srilanka, 13 May, 2013.
  • “Spiritual Enhancement – A Tool for Stress Management”, Holy Cross Nursing College, Jaffna, 13 May, 2013
  • A series of lectures on “Liturgy in Life and Liturgy of Life – A Close Reading of Sacrosanctum Concilium”, to the teachers of Catechism and the Animators of the Basic Christian Community, at St. Sebastian Church, Batticaloa, Srilanka, 18 – 19 May, 2013.
  • Stress Management – The Need and Relevance of It for Effective Life, SVD Vidya Bhavan – Institute of Philosophy and Religion, Bhopal, 23 July, 2013.
  • Stress Management among the Digital Natives, Francis Junior College, Hyderabad, 16 Aug, 2013; St. John’s Major Seminary, Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, 20 Aug, 2013.
  • Life in Larger Perspectives – Reflections on Life that Matters, Capitanio Convent, Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 16 Aug, 2013.
  • Friendship and Love: Challenges and Opportunities, Viajy Maire Nursing College, Hyderabad, 17 Aug, 2013.
  • Leadership: Qualities Required and Challenges Faced”, Indian Catholic Youth Movement, (ICYM), Poona Diocese, Christ the King Parish, Pune, 14 Sep, 2013
  • “Can Science Sustain Spirituality?”, Institute of Mater Dei, Goa, 20 Sep, 2013
  • Stress Management and the Digital Natives, Bishop Heber College, Tiruchy, 30 Sep, 2013.
  • Presented a paper on “Science and the Signs of the Times – Reflections on Faith, Reason and Wisdom from the Perspectives of Philosophy of Science”, at a Seminar on Faith, Reason and Wisdom – Towards an Integral Approach to Religious Studies, JDV, Pune, 12-13 Oct, 2013.
  • “Values and Digital Natives”, Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM), Poona Diocese, 20 Oct, 2013.
  • Two Days Seminar on “Psycho-sexual Development and Human Integration”, at Mill Hill Study House, Pune, 2-3 Nov, 2013.
  • Presented a paper on “Does Feminism Contribute to the Developments of Science – If So, How, If Not, Why Not?” at the 38th Annual Research Seminar, organized by the Association of Christian Philosophers of India, at St. Charles Seminary, Nagpur, 25 – 29, Oct, 2013.
  • A week-long seminar on BASIC BUILDING BLOCKS OF LIFE – Reflections on Important Aspects of Integrated-Life, Inter-Novitiate Programme, Pune, 18 – 22 Nov, 2013.
  • Lectures on “Philosophy – What? Why? and How?”, Vijay Marie Nursing College, Hyderabad, 17 Dec, 2013.
  • Presented a paper on “Does Feminism Contribute to Science?”, in National Workshop on Philosophy of Science, Dept of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad, 18-19 Dec, 2013.
  • Sessions on “Stress Management and Spiritual Development”, St. Joseph College of Engineering, Sriperumpudur, Chennai, 4 Jan, 2014.
  • Presented a paper on “Should Factual-Content be More Valuable than Value-Consideration in Science?”, in International Conference on “Science, Technology and Values”, at JDV Pune, F`eb 2-5, 2014.
  • Paper presented on “Feminism and Science -2025”, at the week-end seminar on “Spirituality and Science – 2025”, at Lonavla, Feb 22-23, 2014.
  • A series of lectures on “Science, Values and Philosophy of Science”, at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune, Feb & Mar, 2014.
  • Three-day seminar on “Science-Religion Dialogue: A Tool for Personal Enlightenment and Societal Transformation”, at Ishwani Kendra, Pune, 3-5 March, 2014
  • Series of Sessions on Science, Religion and Psychology, at St. Michaels’ Catholic Community, Calgary, Canada, Apr – May, 2014
  • Shared some reflections along with a prayer – “Vanished Voices”, commemorating the 5th year of war in Sri Lanka, Common Wealth Hall at the Parliament, Ottawa, Canada, 15 May, 2014.
  • A session on “Parents in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities, Condo Party Hall, Scarborough, Canada, 16 May, 2014.
  • A presentation on “Stress Management and Spiritual Enhancement”, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Clinton, MD, USA, 27 May, 2014
  • A Seminar on “Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants: Opportunities and Challenges”, for the students, Holy Mary Convent High School, Bewandi, 27 June, 2014
  • A Seminar on “What Makes a teacher, THE TEACHER?, at Holy Mary Convent High School Bewandi, 28 June, 2014.
  • A session on “The Basic Building Blocks of Life and Our Response”, Morning Star College, Kolkota, 25 July, 2014
  • A session on “Basic Building Blocks of Life – Reflections on the Psycho-Socio, Scientific and Spiritual Aspects of Life”, Morning Star College, Kolkata, 29 July, 2014; also at SVD Vidhya Bhawan, Bhopal, 28 Aug, 2014.
  • Annual Seminar for the Teachers on “Basic Building Blocks of Life – As a Human Person and As a Teacher:, at St. Aloysius High School, Bhusaval, 30 Aug, 2014.
  • A session on “Feminism Matter(s) in Science”, at Institute of Mater Dei, Goa, 17 Sep, 2014; at Jeevalaya – Institute of Philosophy, Bengaluru, 1 October, 2014.
  • Paper presented on “Why Do You (Not) Laugh When I Crack a Joke? – Some Existential Reflections from Physical and Metaphysical Perspectives”, in 39th Annual Research Seminar, by Association of Christian Philosophers of India, at Pontifical Institute, Alwaye, 15-18 Oct, 2014.
  • Sessions on “Digital Natives and Divine Initiatives” at St. Mary’s High School, Tanjore, 20 Oct, 2014.
  • Sessions on “From a Good Teacher to a GREAT Teacher”, St. Mary’s High School, Tanjore, 20 Oct, 2014.

Books Published :

  • Mariayin Bhakthi Myuarchi (On Mariology in Tamil), 2nd edition (Dindugal: Vaigarai Pathippagam, November 2007), first edition 2005.
  • Sella Vazhi Sellave (To Take The Road Not-Taken) – Essays in Tamil on the various issues of life from Philosophico-Scientific and Socio-Religious Perspectives (Dindugal: Vaigarai Pathippagam, May 2008).
  • Marian Devotion – Meaning and Message, 2nd edition, (Pune: Papal Seminary, August 2008); first edition 2007.
  • Ulagin Uppu (In Tamil), [Translation from The Salt of the Earth – Social Teachings of the Church, The Catholic Social and Communication Council, Singapore]; published by Archdiocesan Office for Human Development, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2010.
  • Thalaipida Mudiyatha Nool (In Tamil), [A Book that Can’t be Titled – Reflections on Science, Religion and Humanities, Society], Chennai: Nallayan Padhippagam, 2010.
  • Towards a Theory of Rationality in Science – A Plea for Reasonableness, New Delhi: Global Vision Publishing House, 2012. (Book Release: by Prof. Rev. James Wiseman, OSB, Professor of Theology, Catholic University of America, Washington DC; the first copy was received by Dr. Rev. Dunstan Robiduex, OSB, Vice Director of the Lonergan Institute, Washington DC, on 6 February, 2012). [Book Review: in Omega – Indian Journal of Science and Religion, 1, No. 1, June 2012, pp. 179-80].
  • Mary for Modern Times, revised Edition of Marian Devotion – Meaning and Message, G. C. Printers, Hyderabad, 2014 (released at Our Lady of Deliverance, Tamil Mission, Montreal, Canada, 20 Apr, 2014). (Already translated into Oriaya, an Indian language, and efforts are taken for translation into Korean and Spanish languages)

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