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India Visit of Dr. Nathan Katz, Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

To further the cause of Jain studies and bring awareness, the foundation is sponsoring a trip to India for Dr. Nathan Katz from Nov 21st till Dec 3rd, 2010 during which Prof Katz will hold discussions and participate in seminars with leading Jain religious and academic figures. Dr. Katz will visit different Universities, Jain Institutions, Organizations, Scholars, Professors & community to share & explore the vivid possibility of Jain studies in US. The booming Jain study in US is surely going through a paradigm shift. We look forward for new doors of possibilities for the Jain studies in US academia. We wish Dr. Katz a wonderful & successful journey.

Main goals Dr. Katz aims to accomplish during the trip in the Words of Prof. Natan Katz
During the meetings with the Jain scholars and religious leaders, I would be especially interested in learning:

1. How they envision Jain Studies in a western university, especially a state-supported university. I will describe our context to them and try to understand how Jain Studies could be taught in a manner that is authentic to the tradition, and at the same time is relevant to contemporary issues.
2. I would like to initiate discussions about institutional linkages among universities in North America and universities in India. Once our Center is fully funded, FIU would be in a position to coordinate multilateral linkages.
3. I would like to discuss opportunities for our students to learn about Jainism in India, and how study programs and tours could be accredited through FIU. This would, of course, require FIU oversight of curricula, done in collaboration and consultation with our International Advisory Board.
4. Another topic to discuss would be how we may help to train faculty and students from universities in India. Specifically, what does the contemporary academic study of religions have to offer Jain-related institutions in India. What sort of M.A. program would be of interest to our Indian colleagues?
5. FIU is contemplating an on-line Undergraduate Certificate Program in Jain Studies. This would entail developing six on-line courses that would be open to students globally and culminating in awarding the Certificate. Which six courses would be most appropriate? How do they perceive the interest among Indian students in earning this credential?
6. If there is interest in the wide range of academic and professional programs offered by FIU, then we could start a conversation about funding Indian students to study with us.

Visit and Program of Prof. Katz during India Trip
Departure from Miami to India on 21st of November 2010 at 4.05pm
Arrival from Delhi to Miami on 3rd of December 2010 at 12.05pm

Delhi Visit (November 22nd - 25th)
Coordinator: Mr. R. P. Jain
      Arrival and Welcome ceremony at Delhi Airport at 9.45pm
      Nov. 24th - Meeting with Dr. Karan Singh, the Director of ICCR            
      Nov. 25th – Seminar on “Exploring New Possibilities of Jainological Studies” at Vidya Bharati
         School, Suryanagar, Delhi and Meeting with Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar at 10:00 am to 12:30pm.
         The coordinator of the seminar is Dr. Kusum-Dhanpat Lunia.
      Nov. 25th - Meeting with ISJS scholars at 3 to 4.30pm (Dr. Shugan Chand Jain: Contact No.
          9818139000, email: svana@vsnl.com)
      Meeting with Dr. Balaji Ganorkar, the Director of BLII, at 7 to 8pm at Shervani Sunder Nagar Hotel)
       Nov. 26th - early in the morning departure for Ladnun by car at 9am

Ladnun Visit (November 27th  -29th)
Coordinator: Prof. B.R. Dugar
      Nov. 27-29 - National seminar on “Non-possessive Consciousness and Business Ethics”. 
      Open session with the delegates of the seminar.
      Meeting with the JVBU Professors and other members.
      Visit to JVB campus and library including manuscript exhibition.           
      Nov. 29th -  afternoon departure for Dungergadh by car at 2pm

Dungergadh Visit (November 29th)
Coordinator: Prof. Ashok Bapna
      Nov. 29th - Meeting with HH Acharya Shree Mahashramanaji  at 4pm
      Nov.29th - Round-table Conference on “Relative Economics” at 7.30pm by Prof. Ashok
      Nov. 30th - morning departure for Delhi by car at 8am and from Delhi to Indore by flight
         at 6.30pm

Indore Visit (1st  of December)
Coordinator : Prof. Anupam Jain
30-11-10, Tuesday
08:00 PM        Arrival at D.A. Airport th. Jetlite flight no. 7141 and welcome by social leaders of Jain Community.
Night stay Hotel Sayaji, Sch. No. 54, Vijay Nagar, Indore
01-12-10, Wednesday
08:45 AM    Start to Kundakunda Gyanpitha (KKJ), Indore.
                      Distance- 6 KM, Driving time- 15 min.
09:00 AM    Arrival at KKJ, welcome by Directors and other office bearers of KKJ, visit to library.
09:15 AM     Break fast with delegates of National Symposium.
09:30 AM    Inaugural session of National Symposium on Jainology at KKJ.
    Central Theme- Relevance of Jainism to Humanity.
Chair person: Prof. P.K. Mishra- Vice-Chancellor, Devi Ahilya Univ., Indore
                         Main Speaker- Prof. Nathan Katz (20 min)

11:00 AM       Inauguration of Manuscript Exhibition at KKJ.
11:15 AM      Start of the Manuscript conservation work.
11:30 AM       Technical session. Guest lectures of three senior professors.
12:30 PM         Lunch and Rest at KKJ.
01:45 PM         Start to Holkar Autonomous Science College, Indore.
                            (Distance- 4 KM, Driving Time- 10 min)
02:00 PM          Welcome at Holkar Autonomous Science College and delivering a lecture on ‘Religion & Science’ (15-20 min)
 [College is going to start a certification course on Religion and Science from July 2011]
02:45 PM                    Tea at college campus
03:00 PM                    Start to KKJ
03:15 PM                    Open session on Agenda provided by Prof. Katz.
                            Chair person- Dr. N.P. Jain, former Ambassador of India in various countries & U.N.O. Around 40 professors/ scholars will attend it.
05:00 PM                    High Tea
05:30 PM                    Start to hotel and rest.
06:30 PM                    Start to airport
07:00 PM                    Valedictory and reporting at Airport.
08:30 PM                    Flight for Delhi by Jetlite Airline.

Delhi Visit (December 1st- 2nd)
Coordinator: Mr. R. P. Jain
      Dec. 1st - Arrival at Delhi Airport
      Dec. 2nd - Lectures at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Jamiya Miliya University, Delhi
      Dec. 2nd night/3rd early morning departure from Delhi to Miami at 12.55 am

Address and Contact of the Local Coordinators in India
Mr. R.P. Jain
Director, Motilal Banarasidas Publication
Email: mlbd@mlbd.com
Mobile: +919811210999

Prof. Dr. B.R. Dugar
Head, Department of Non-violence and Peace
Jain Vishva Bharati University, Ladnun
Rajasthan, India.
Email: dugarbr@gmail.com
Mobile: 09414429225

Prof. Ashok Bapna
Director, International Centre for Economics of Non-violence & Sustainability (ICENS), Member, State Planning Board, Rajasthan & Director, IILM Academy of Higher Learning Jaipur
Email: ashokbapna@rediffmail.com
Mobile: 093145-09414

Dr. Anupam Jain
Professor of Mathematics
Executive Director & Secretary
Kundakunda Jnananpitha,
584, M.G.Road, Tukogunj,
Indore 452001 (M.P.)
Email: anupamjain3@rediffmail.com
Mobile: 094250 53822

Seminar Co-ordinators
Dr. Kusum Lunia, Delhi
Email: kdlunia@gmail.com
Mobile: 9891239000

Dr. Samani Riju Prajna
Head, Dept. of Jainology and Comparative Religion and Philosophy
JVBU, Ladnun -341306
Email: rprajna@gmail.com

US Contacts
Samani Chaitanya Pragya

Mr. Sapan Bafna                                                                 Dr. Neptune Srimal
President                                                                            Vice President
Jain Education and Research Foundation                Jain Education and Research Foundation
Email: sapan.bafna@gmail.com                                  Email: srimal@fiu.edu

Mobile: +18178077665                                                   Mobile: +13052821456 
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