Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The Gnostic Centre has developed several Growth of Consciousness Programs

The International Centre for Integral Studies (ICIS) is the Higher Education unit of The Gnostic Centre, for academic programmes. Its aim is to open up a field of on-going higher education and research in all areas of human development so as to generate the understanding, responsibility and skills to respond adequately to the opportunities and problems of modernity and to create a better global future. (see: Preamble) Online Postgraduate Courses
ICIS postgraduate courses are offered in the areas of:
Philosophy (Ph)
Consciousness Studies (CoS)
Social Studies (SoS)
Cultural Studies (CuS)
Creativity and Aesthetics (CrA)
Indian Studies (InS)
Sri Aurobindo Studies (SAS)
These courses may be taken for University credit leading to a Master of Arts degree in Integral Studies. The courses are classified according to levels of required understanding as either beginner’s level, requiring a general undergraduate level of understanding (500) or higher level, demanding prerequisite reading and/or coursework, as determined by the instructor (550).
Courses under Preparation
ICIS is currently developing Online Postgraduate Courses to be offered from this year. The courses under preparation are:
Paradigms of Psychological Knowledge:
A Historical & Cross-Cultural Perspective
Dr. Suneet Varma (CoS – 550, 3 credits)

Introduction to Indian Culture:
An Approach through Sri Aurobindo
Dr. Kavita A Sharma (CuS, InS – 500, 3 credits)

The Philosophers of Evolution
Prof. Arabinda Basu (Ph – 550, 3 credits)

Vedic Studies in the Light of Sri Aurobindo
Vladimir (InS, SAS, 550 – 3 credits)
The details about the admission procedure, fee, curriculum etc. will be put up by September 2007 on this site. You can also contact ICIS at integralstudies@icis.org.in .
Online Study Session
ICIS also has a weekly Online Study Session on:
Sri Aurobindo's book 'Life Divine' (Book Two, Part II). Every Friday morning (IST) 8am to 9.30 or 10.00am (US West Coast time: Thursday evening, 7.30 to 9.00 or 9.30pm) - The study is conducted over Skype, an internet based voice messaging system and is free. It is conducted by Dr. Debashish Banerji, director and faculty member of ICIS.
Instructions on how to participate in the Study Session
What you will need to participate are a computer with an online (preferably DSL or cable connection), headphones or speakers and a mike connected to your computer and a Skype Id (free). If you are unfamiliar with Skype but wish to participate, Please visit
On the top of the Skype screen, you will see a number of menu items. One of them says Download. Click on it. It will download Skype and also take you into a page which tells you what to do to install it and establish a Skype Id. Please let Debashish know this ID and we can include you in the conference. Debashish's id: debbanerji@yahoo.com If you have any difficulty with this process, please let Debashish have your phone number and he can lead you through the steps.
Over the last eleven years, The Gnostic Centre has developed several Growth of Consciousness Programs of varying durations and engagement:
On-site Courses leading to a Certificate of Professional Studies
Intensives & Study Programs
Workshops, Talks & Presentations
On-site teacher-education programs
Program for Children & Youth
These programs are for all ages. A unique feature about these programs is that they are customised to the student's needs. We are often engaged in developing new courses based on needs expressed by different people. It is also possible to especially design a program for a group of interested persons, in an area of its choice, with inputs in topics relevant to the group.
On-site Courses leading to a Certificate of Professional Studies
The main focus areas for these courses is Growth of Consciousness.
Duration: 6 weeks to 18 months. On-site classes mainly on weekends, combined with assignments. The longer courses also have a residential component (a retreat for intense work - 4-5 days).
The on-site courses aim at both conceptual understanding and practical application in one's own life. For this reason, the courses involve self-reflective exercises, meditations, self-analysis along with subject knowledge. Project work or research is also a part of the longer courses, to ensure integration in one's daily life and work. The emphasis is on practice and application in one's own life, along with conceptual clarity. These courses are relevant for those who are striving to lead an integral life, and are no longer satisfied with the present education and its aims and methods.

Each course has its own specific aims - but all derive from an integral paradigm of life that views the individual as a fivefold entity (physical, vital, mental, psychic and spiritual) and includes all these aspects in its approach for interpreting the world within us and around us.

Each course leads to a Certificate of Professional Studies, upon successful completion.

Special Features
Integrative Learning : The courses are supported by intense research, an integration of subjective and objective realms of knowledge, an inclusion of self-reflective methods of learning along with the more academic ones.
Application Oriented Learning : Each student is asked to master not only the concept but also its practice in one’s own life and work – to at least make a beginning.
Learning Materials
Learning materials are developed especially for the courses – a rich base of not only printed booklets and worksheets, but also audiocassettes and multimedia.

Course Evaluation
Keeping in view the unique nature of the our courses, the Centre has worked out an evaluation system that can do justice to the objective as well as the subjective aspects of the student's coursework. The evaluation is ongoing, continuous and is based on an in-depth interaction between the course guide and the student, as well as peer feedback and external evaluation.

The aim of the Evaluation is to help the students gauge how far they have come, what have been the stumbling blocks, what their unique victories and what steps would they like to take in future. It is as much of a learning process as the rest of the course – for the student, the peer group, the facilitators and the examiners.

Intensives & Study Programs

Intensives (3-5 full day sessions spread over one or two weeks)
The Intensives introduce new perspectives in a particular subject area, and highlight the underlying constructs and factors that influence a discipline. The discipline no longer remains a dry academic subject outside of oneself, but is viewed in its impact on life, society, oneself. The focus is on areas such as Psychology, Management, Education, Culture, Attitudinal Change:
A New Vision of Psychology: Integral Psychology
Foundations in Integral Education
Management by Consciousness
Foundations of Indian Culture
The Human Cycle
An Indian Approach to Building the Creative Organisation
A New Vision of Economics
Power of Attitude

Study Circles & Study Programmes (1-2 hr. sessions spread over a few weeks)
These are centred around the study of a particular book, along with explanations, discussions, etc. The emphasis is on deepening and widening one's understanding through reading and discussion, along with some activities.
Widening the Mind
The Brain of India
Fivefold Education
Four Austerities and Four Liberations
The Mother
The Synthesis of Yoga
The Life Divine
Essays on the Gita

Workshops, Talks & Presentations

The Workshops are for people from all walks of life (3hrs. to 3 full days). These introduce basic concepts along with self-reflection and experiential exercises, centred around a particular topic relevant to the participants.
On Self-development:
* The Journey * Meditation for Inner Growth * The Rising Sun * Introduction to Karmayoga: Perfection in Work * Communication: from alienation to communion * Fear: its cause & cure * Human Relationships * From the Mountain Top to the Horizon Beyond * Power of Attitude * Agni - the psychic fire * Work as a Means for Inner Growth * Dynamics of Consciousness in Life * Coping with Stress * In Search of Perfection
On Education
* Education for the Future * Attitudes of a True Teacher * Developing the Powers of Concentration & Meditation * The Three Principles of True Teaching * Developing Creativity in Education * Designing Worksheets Creatively * Self-development & Education * Psychic Education * Education & Higher Faculties
On Management
* Dynamics of Consciousness in Work * Leadership Challenges in Everyday Life * Equality: A Yogic Approach to Managing Urban Chaos
On Health
* Hathayoga, Pranayama, Mudra & Bandh * The Art of Healthy Living * Getting to Know your Body
On Parenting
* How to Bring Up a Child * The Role of a Parent * Understanding your Child * Motherhood: A Creative Perspective
On Music
* Shruti - the Nada Brahman * Healing & Meditation with Swara
On Architecture & Design
* Collaboration for Creation
On History
* Mankind on the March
On Philosophy
* Isha Upanishad Details
The Talks are for School & College Youth, for Teachers, Educators & Professionals (1-2 hrs.). These provide a preliminary introduction to a particular idea or a topic.
On Culture
* Foundations of Indian Culture
On Education
* The Future of Education * Attitudes of a True Teacher * Creativity in Education * Education & Self-development
On Parenting
* The Golden Gift
On Philosophy & Yoga
* The Concept of Prakriti in the Gita * Integral Yoga * What is Yoga?
On Self-development
* Power of Attitude * The Science of Living * The Psychic Being * Beyond Violence & Non-Violence
On Spirituality
* Science, Spirituality & Life
On Theatre
* Contemporary Theatre & Its Practice
On Sri Aurobindo
* Socio-Political Thought of Sri Aurobindo Details
Multimedia Presentations
These presentations combine the screening of a multimedia (developed by The Gnostic Centre) and discussion, along with some conceptual inputs and reflective activities. They serve as an introduction to issues related with self-development, education, social change, inviting the participant to a deeper engagement.

The Centre has also organised special screenings and exhibitions. Details

On-site Teacher-education Programs
Teacher education has been a prime focus of the Gnostic Centre. The Centre has worked with over 150 educational institutions, including teacher education colleges. The programs fall broadly into the following categories:
Pre-Service Teacher-Education
In-Service Teacher-Education
Integral Teacher Education
The Gnostic Centre's teacher education programs are need-based and are designed for specific groups after interacting with the faculty or the management. Please contact the Centre should you be interested in such a program for yourself or for a group you know of. Details

Programs for Children & Youngsters
The Gnostic Centre has conducted several programs for children of all ages, starting from age 4, adolescents, and youth. While self-development has been a focus for youth, with children, the emphasis has been on the training of mental faculties, character development, physical education.

The Centre has organised talks in schools & colleges, as well as meditation sessions. It has also held a number of workshops and camps (including residential camps) for children. Details

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