Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kireet Joshi is Educational Advisor to the Chief Minister of Gujarat.


  • 1981-90 - Considering the importance of philosophical studies in the task of the promotion of Indian culture, he played a major role in the establishment and development of the Indian Council of Philosophical Research. He shouldered the responsibilities of Member-Secretary of this Council, during which Indian philosophical tradition came to be encouraged and supported through original research and publication programme.
  • 1981-90 - He assisted Professor D.P. Chattopadhyaya, the foremost Indian philosopher of the country, in formulating a National Project on History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture, and worked as its Member-Secretary during its formative period.
  • 1987-93 - Considering the importance of Vedic knowledge, he initiated and developed Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratisthan and served as its Founder Member-Secretary. He organised national and regional meetings of Vedic scholars and promoted the recording of Vedic recitations of various Vedic Shakhas. He also framed and implemented scheme of financial assistance to Vedapathis and also for providing scholarships to students of the Veda and Vedic knowledge. He secured form the Government of India an endowment of Rs. 7 crores for the Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, as a result of which the Pratisthan has been able to develop a number of activities connected with Vedic research and various cultural aspects of the Vedic tradition.
    1976, 1980, 1984, 1985 and 1988- He was a member of India’s delegation to UNESCO’s conferences. 
    He has made valuable contributions to the field of education at international level.

  • 1976-78 - He was elected Vice-president of International Commission on Education at Geneva for a period of two years.
  • 1983-87 - He was Chairman of UNESCO Committee on International Education.
  • 1986-90 - He was Vice-Chairman of the UNESCO Institute of Education, Hamburg.
  • 1983- He was concurrently appointed Special Secretary to the Government of India. He was responsible for programmes and activities relating to all aspects of education, particularly, in relation to higher education, youth services, UNESCO affairs and language development.
  • 1987 - In order to develop studies in Hindi at national and international levels, he proposed a massive programme of training of teachers in Hindi and initiated and developed the concept of International Hindi University, Wardha. A National Committee on Hindi was constituted under his Chairmanship, which submitted a comprehensive report on various aspects relating to the promotion of Hindi in the country. He also made valuable contributions to the promotion of Hindi as the official language.
  • 1984-86 - In the field of Sanskrit, he guided the activities of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan and was its Vice-Chairman.
    He framed new constitutions for Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, New Delhi and Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupathi. Subsequently, he played a crucial role in getting both these institutions recognised as deemed universities.
    He made schemes for the promotion of studies in Sanskrit in different universities of the country and for establishment of several Sanskrit Pathashalas and institutions related to the promotion of Sanskrit and Sanskrit Vidyapeethas in different parts of the country. He was for several years a Member of the Board which makes recommendations for President’s Certificate of Honour for scholars in Sanskrit, Pali, Prakrit, Arabic and Persian.
    He made special contributions to promote the synthesis of science and spirituality, and he was the Chief Organiser of a major national Seminar on Yoga, Science and Man, which for the first time brought at the national level scientists and practitioners of Yoga to come in one large assembly. He was also one of the editors, along with Dr. D.S. Kothari, for producing a volume containing the proceedings of this Seminar.
  • 1982 - The Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla was redesigned under the recommendations of the Kriplani Committee of which Dr. Kireet Joshi was the Member-Secretary. This report had specially emphasised the need for interdisciplinary studies and advancement of the synthesis of various disciplines of knowledge.
  • 1983-89 - He was Member of the Executive Board of this Institute of Advanced Studies at Shimla
  • 1981 and 1990 - The theme of value-oriented education came to be developed in the country largely because of the leadership provided by him and through various national and regional conferences, which he organised throughout the country.
  • 1992 - A national conference was organised which decided to establish Value Education Centre, and Kireet Joshi continues to be the Founder-Chairman of this Centre.
    He has supported programmes of child education and advocated that the child should be the centre not only of the educational system but of the whole nation. He provided guidance and impetus to the Bal Bhavan movement in the country.
  • 1974-77 - Member of the Children’s Film Society.
  • 1977-2001 - Kireet Joshi was Managing Trustee of The Mother’s Institute of Research from, and under his guidance a task was undertaken to translate from French thirteen volumes of “Mother’s Agenda” in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujarati, and some other Indian languages.
  • 1993-98 - During the five years, he organised twelve working groups and a number of seminars, conferences, and workshops in different parts of the country. Extraction of knowledge from the Vedic Samhitas, Upanishads and the Gita as also study of Yoga as science and linking the Vedic Yoga with the entire tradition of Yoga right up to Sri Aurobindo have been the central focus of his research work. He organised a number of youth camps in different parts of the country where the results of the research have been diffused among a large number of youths. A large number of scholars and others are also participating in the programmes through publications and correspondence.
    He also recently formulated, in conjunction with several educational institutions, a National Agenda for Education which provides a detailed outline of the way in which the present system of education in the country can be radically altered so as to unite the Indian spiritual and cultural heritage with the contemporary contributions of the modern world.
    He has also undertaken the programme of clinical research in Ayurvedic treatment with the help of eminent allopathic and ayurvedic practitioners.
    Kireet Joshi has written on a number of subjects connected with culture, science, spirituality, yoga and education.
  • 1989 - He is recipient of award of the Indian Council for Child Education for outstanding contribution in this field.
  • 1989 - He is also recipient of the National Citizen’s Award.
  • 1996 - The degree of D.Litt (Honoris Causa) was conferred upon him by Rahstriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
  • 1997 - He was awarded Sewa Ratna Award set up in the memory of Parmacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham.
  • 1998-2000 - He was nominated recently as a Member of the Indian delegation by the Government of India to participate in the International Conference of UNESCO to be held at Paris on 5th October, as also in November.
  • 1999-2004 - He was appointed as Chairman of Auroville Foundation in March, for a period of four years.
  • 2000-06 - He was Chairman of Indian Council of Philosophical Research.
  • 2006-08 - he was Editorial Fellow of the Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture (PHISPC). Currently, he is Educational Advisor to the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
    He was appointed as first executive chairperson of the Gujarat Educational Innovations Commission (GEIC).
  • 2009 - Gujarat Educational Innovations Commission Bill was passed.

A Philosophy of Evolution for The Contemporary Man
Contents Pre-Contents
  1. Discontent of the Contemporary Man
  2. Evolutionary Crisis of Mankind
  3. Man is a Transitional Being
  4. Our Evolutionary Task
  5. What is the Secret of Nature's Movement?
  6. The Process of Evolution
  7. Marvel of the Mental Being
  8. A Deeper Question
  9. An Experiment in Evolution

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