Organized by the Centre of Russian Studies, School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, jointly with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, on the occasion of its 46th anniversary, a three-day International Seminar celebrating the Tercentenary of M. V. Lomonosov (1711—1765) “In Search of the New Age Renaissance Man” was opened on November 14, 2011.
Mr. Sergey Karmalito, Senior Counsellor, Embassy of the Russian Federation in India, Prof. Sudhir K. Sopory, Vice Chancellor, JNU, Prof. Manu Mittal, Chairperson, CRS, JNU & Seminar Director, Prof. R. Kumar, Former Rector, JNU, Prof. Purushottam Agarwal, Member, UPSC, Dr. Meeta Narain, Associate Professor, CRS, JNU, and Dr. Karan Singh Verma Assistant Professor, CRS, JNU, participated in the seminar. Prof. Golubkov M. and Assistant Professor Korotkova O., representatives from the Lomonosov Moscow State University, and delegates from the Peoples’ Friendship University, Russia, as well as from Turkey, Kirgistan and other countries were there.
The seminar, while being a befitting tribute to Lomonosov’s multifaceted achievements, brings into focus the inter-connection between the arts, mathematics and science and the almost limitless possibilities of human cognition. While celebrating the Russian polymath’s contributions in the shaping of Russian language, literature, arts, culture, science, philosophy and the society of his times, the seminar discourse shall move through the expanse of history to examine cotemporary Russian society, its cultural trends, arts, language and literature. At the same time, given the ever-expanding body of human knowledge and today’s complex web of global socio-cultural dynamics of a knowledge based society, the seminar opens up debate and discussion on the need and relevance of the new age Renaissance Man—the Homo Universalis of today.
The seminar’s focus sessions include Lomonosov studies, cultural studies, social and historical studies, special session on Rabindranath Tagore and Jawaharlal Nehru, Exhibition on Lomonosov, Tagore and other polymaths through history, and search for the New Age Renaissance Man. This unique international event brings together scholar from various countries for three days of intense interaction as well as academic and intellectual exchange.