24th Conference of the International Environment Forum

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2020, July
A virtual conference on line


Online International Conference on Education for Social Cohesion

A virtual event on 11-12 July 2020

Time: New Delhi, India (3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), Melbourne (7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.),
UAE (1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.), Geneva (11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.),
Moscow (12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), Salt Lake City (3:30 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.)

For its 24th conference, the International Environment Forum is partnering in the Online International Conference on Education for Social Cohesion being organized by IEF member Lesan Azadi of the Bahá'í Academy in Panchgani, India.

The Conference will address various dimensions of social cohesion and the role that higher academic institutions and teachers can play in promoting the same. These dimensions include:
Theme 1: Social disparities and discrimination, racism, gender equality, prejudices, unbridled nationalism, religious strife
Theme 2: Economic disparities, extremes of poverty and wealth, role of women in poverty alleviation, inclusive development, spiritual indicators of development
Theme 3: Universal education and role of teachers in laying the foundation of a new world order

Registration Form for Participants from India Only: https://forms.gle/maDgcNyP8PBmLiYN6
Registration Form for Participants from Other Countries: https://forms.gle/3UQkaqcc5rcfSsEK9


Download the short brochure (above)
Download the long brochure with speakers


Prof. Dr. M. M. Salunkhe
Former AIU President and Vice-Chancellor, Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed to be University, Pune, India
Inaugural Function, Chief Guest

Prof. Dr. Ram Takwale
Former Vice-Chancellor of Pune University, IGNOU, YCMOU and President of I-CONSENT, Pune, India
Valedictory Function, Chief Guest
Topic: Education for Life Processes and Development

Theme 1: Barriers to Social Cohesion

Prin. Nandkumar Nikam
President, Principal’s Forum, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune India
Theme 1 Moderator

Dr. Jabbar Eidelkhani
Member, Continental Board of Counsellor in Asia, Bangladesh
Topic: Greatest Global Challenge

Prof. Dr. Russell D’souza
Head, Asia Pacific Division, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Haifa, Executive Director and Dean, IIOPM, Australia
Topic: Psychology of Prejudices

Prof. Dr. Shashikala Wanjari
Vice-Chancellor, S.N.D.T. Women’s University, Mumbai, India
Topic: Gender Equality and the Role of Women

Prof. Dr. C. Raj Kumar
Founding Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Haryana, India
Topic: Full Adherence to Human Rights

Theme 2: Economic and Developmental Dimensions

Dr. Mangesh Teli
Former Dean, Institute of Chemical Technology, Deemed University, Mumbai, India
Theme 2 Moderator

Prof. Dr. Nitin Karmalkar
Vice-Chancellor, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune and Ag. Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India
Topic: One World, One Health, One Medicine

Prof. Dr. James P. West
Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA, USA
Topic: Economic Disparities and Rethinking Prosperity

Prof. Dr. Arthur Lyon Dahl
President, International Environment Forum, Geneva, Switzerland
Topic: Inclusive Development and Spiritual Indicators of Development
Link to paper

Theme 3: Education for Social Cohesion

Prof. Pandit Vidyasagar
Professor Emeritus, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
Theme 3 Moderator

Prof. Dr. Rodney Clarken
Professor Emeritus, Northern Michigan University, USA
Topic: Universal Principles for a New World Order

Prof. Dr. Sanjeev Sonawane
Dean, IDS, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
Topic: Role of Teachers in Promoting Social Cohesion

Dir. Shamil Fattakov
Founder and Director, Association For Creative Moral Education (ACME), Russia
Topic: Interactive Art for Social Cohesion

Prof. Jan Saeed
Director, Office for Peace and Spirituality (GPS), Westminster College, Salt Lake City, USA
Topic: Creating Compassionate Global Minded Peacemakers through Service Learning Activities

Dr. Shashi Gaikwad
Asst. Director (Research), Bahá’í Academy, Panchgani, India
Topic: Education in Universal Human Values


1. Dr. Vasanti Rasam (Administrative Officer Shree Warana Vibhag Shikshan Mandal Warananagar, Kolhapur and Former Dean, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India)
2. Dr. Bharati Patil (Dean, Coordinator, Centre for Gandhian Studies, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India)
3. Dr. Avinash DeSousa (Director and Founder Trustee at DeSousa Foundation, Mumbai, India, and Secretary and Associate Professor, The IIOPM, Mumbai, India)
4. Dr. Vibhuti Patel (Former Professor of S.N.D. T. Women’s University and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India)
5. Dr. Rajendra Kankariya (Chief Administrative Officer, Pratibha Group of Institutes in Pune, India)
6. Dr. R. G. Kulkarni (Principal, Smt. Mathubai Garware Kanya Mahavidyalaya, Sangli, India)
7. Dr. Pooja Narwadkar (Principal, Bharati Vidyapeeth’s New Law College, Sangli, India)
8. Dr. Ashok Bhoite (Principal, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Mahavidyalaya, Pandharpur, India)
9. Dr. Shaley Joseph (Principal, Yashwantrao Chavan School of Social Work, Satara, India)

1. Dr. Ruby Ojha (Professor and Head, Department of Economics, S. N. D. T. Women’s University, Mumbai, India)
2. Prof. Victoria Wyszynski Thoresen (UNESCO Chair for Education about Sustainable Lifestyles, The Center for Collaborative Learning for Sustainable Development, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, LUP, Hamar, Norway)
3. Padmashree Dr. Janak Mc. Gilligan (Founder- Director of Jimmy McGilligan Centre For Sustainable Development, Former Director of BARLI Development Institute for Rural Women, Indore, India)
4. Dr. B. M. Hirdekar (Former Controller of Examination, Shivaji University, Former Registrar, Sanjay Ghodawat University, Kolhapur, India)
5. Dr. J. S. Patil (Principal, Arts and Commerce College, Nagthane, Satara, India)
6. Dr. C. N. Rawal (Principal, The Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune, India)
7. Dr. A. M. Gurav (Coordinator, Centre for Skill and Entrepreneurship Development, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India)
8. Dr. S. Sathe (Principal, Shardabai Pawar Mahila Mahavidyalaya, Baramati, India)
9. Prof. Dr. S. B. Deosarkar (Institute Project Director for TEQIP, World Bank Project, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University, Lonere, India)
10. Dr. Praveen Chougule (Principal, D.R. Mane Mahavidyalaya, Kagal, Dist. Kolhapur, India)

1. Prof. Dr. Megha Uplane (Head, Department of Education and Extension, Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune, India)
2. Dr. Kavita Salunke (Director, School of Education, Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik, India)
3. Dr. Bhalba Vibhute (Former Director and HOD, Shivaji University, Kolhapur, India)
4. Dr. A. D. Kumbhar (Principal, Sadashivrao Mandlik Mahavidyalaya, Murgud, Dist. Kolhapur, India)
5. Dr. Sanjay Chakane (Principal and Member of Management Council, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India)
6. Dr. Sunil V. Anekar (Principal, Tatyasaheb Kore Institute of Engineering and Technology, Warananagar, Dist. Kolhapur, India)
7. Dr. C. Magdum (Principal, Rajarambapu College of Pharmacy, Kasgeon, Dist. Sangli, India)
8. Dr. Vilas Karjinni (Principal, KIT’s College of Engineering , Autonomous, Kolhapur, India)
9. Dr. A. M. Mulla (Principal, Daulatrao Aher College of Engineering, Karad, Dist. Satara, India)


The IEF Annual General Assembly and election of the Governing Board will be held separately online in the second half of August 2020, with voting to precede it by e-mail. IEF members will receive further details and the Annual Report by e-mail.

IEF members have also contributed to the virtual conference organized by its sister Baha'i-inspired organization, ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future (ebbf.org) on 14-17 May 2020. The overall theme of that event was Rethinking Success: a way to save the planet and ourselves, with emphasis on the impact of the pandemic on our concepts of success. The speakers for the event included Avah Darling-Donnelly (Canada, 16 years old), Shane Tedjarati (China), Layli Miller-Muro (Tahirih Justice Center, USA), Sean Hinton (Open Society Foundations), Nishat Ruiter (TED Conferences), Arash Aazami (Netherlands), Dorothy Marcic (USA), and Arthur Dahl (Switzerland). More information on this conference is available at: http://ebbf.org/event/ebbfs-30th-international-annual-learning-event-li….

Last updated 7 July 2020