1. First All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, Vrindavan, UP, December, 2005
The first AISSQ conference was organized at Vrindavan, India. For the advancement of a balanced growth of scientific temper and spiritual wisdom in the life of students, it was proposed that ‘science and spirituality’ clubs be promoted in colleges especially in IITs and IIMs to prepare students to cope up with their academic load, and prevent depressive and pessimistic attitude, discourage students to involve in wrong habits and for the development of moral and ethical values and their own personality.
4. Fourth All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, December 2008, NIT Tiruchirapalli, Tamilnadu, India
Dr. N. Mahalingam, the Chairman of Sakthi group of companies, an eminent philanthropist and a prominent and influential person of the state of Tamil Nadu, who was awarded Padma Bhushan from the President of India in 2007, was the Chief Guest in the inauguration of the conference. The conference was graced by many eminent speakers from India and abroad. Prof. Amit Goswami, an eminent quantum physicist known for advancing the paradigm of science within consciousness from University of Oregon, USA and Prof. Jagadish Srivastava, eminent mathematician from Colorado State University, USA delivered their keynote lectures.
7. Seventh All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, September 2012, IISC Bangalore
As a humble tribute to the science-spirituality Visionary and Legend Dr. T. D. Singh (His Holiness Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami), Bhaktivedanta Institute organized the 7th All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest at J. N. Tata Auditorium in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore campus from 1 – 2 September 2012. Apart from eminent speakers in the diverse fields of science and spirituality, the conference witnessed the participation of about 750 students, engineers, professionals, leaders and administrators from about 40 academic and professional institutions. The conference was inaugurated by His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sri Sri Dr. Balagangadharanatha Mahaswamiji (Padmabhushan), Pontiff, Sri Adichunchanagiri Mahasamsthana Math. Other eminent personalities who graced the conference were Prof. V. S. Ramamurthy (Padma Bhushan), Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore; Dr. V. K. Saraswat (Padma Shri), Director General, DRDO and Advisor to Raksha Mantri;Prof. Sreekanth, NIAS Bangalore; Sri R Sri Kumar, IPS, Central Vigilance Commission, New Delhi; Dr. R. P. Singh, Executive Vice-Chairman of Jindal Power Limited, Gurgaon, Haryana; Padma Shree B. M. Hedge, Former VC, Manipal Institute of Higher Education; Prof. A.K. Mukhopadhyay, AIIMS, New Delhi; Prof. P. B. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Technological University, Delhi; Prof. N. Balakrishnan, Associate Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; Honorable Ex-Railway Minister Shri C. K. Jaffer Sharief. The conference hosted seven plenary sessions, students' poster session, essay winner presentations, a panel discussion and cultural functions. A unique confluence of individuals from several disciplines and practices, the conference, provided a common ground for healthy dialogue to foster a strong connection between science and spirituality, and also perhaps, left a memorable impression in the minds of its participants.
2. Second All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, Puri, Orissa, December, 2006
The conference brought together the best intellectual minds on a common platform to deliberate on the perennial questions of life, existence and the Ultimate Reality. About 350 delegates from science, technology and management institutes of India and abroad like IITs, IIMs, AIIMS, IISc., NITs, Delhi College of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Univ. of Illinios, Univ. of Puerto Rico, etc., participated in the conference. The conference was graced by about 25 distinguished speakers from various academic and research organizations who addressed various finer aspects of science-spirituality interface.
5. Fifth All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, January, 2010, MNNIT Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
With a broad theme of bringing awareness on science-spirituality in the academic community keeping young students in mind, the 5th AISSQ conference was successfully organized at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) Allahabad during 15 – 17 January 2010. The AISSQ2010 was jointly organized by the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata and the MNNIT Allahabad. The chief guest for the occasion was Prof. K. L. Chopra, former Director of IIT Kharagpur and President of the Society for Scientific Values, New Delhi. The Guests of Honour were Prof. P. B. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technological University and Prof. Kripa Shanker, Vice Chancellor, U.P. Technical University.
8. Eighth All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, 1-2 February 2014, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, UP, India
With a central theme of “Serving the Self and Society”, the 8th AISSQ conference was an humble attempt to catalyze and create widespread awareness of science and spirituality in the younger generation. The two-day conference attracted the participation of over 1500 students and faculty members from premier technological institutions like IITs, BHU, NITs, IISc, IIMs and AIIMS from India, and even some scholars from the USA and UK.Prominent researchers, academicians as well as managers of industries from India and abroad delivered about thirty lectures, under the following categories: Quest for the Ultimate Reality; Health, Science, Spirituality and Culture; Mathematics and Spirituality; Spirituality in Education; Consciousness and Life; The Mysteries of the Origin of Life; Administration and Spirituality; Synthesis of Science and Spirituality in Gaudiya Vaishnava School of Vedanta; Spirituality,Environment and Sustainability; Indian History and Culture; Spiritual Economics and Management. Prominent invited speakers were Dr. R.P. Singh, Chairman, Board of Governors, IIT Guwahati; Dr. Michael A. Cremo, Center for Vedic Science Research,USA; Dr. V. K. Saraswat (Padma Bhushan), Ex-Director General, DRDO and Ex-Advisor to Raksha Mantri; Prof. P.B. Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi Technological University; Prof. B.M. Hegde (Padma Bhushan), Ex-Vice Chancellor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education;Dr. Hector Rosario, Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico ; Dr. Sudipto Ghosh, IIT Kharagpur; Dr. A.K. Mukhopadhyay, AIIMS, New Delhi. Several other eminent speakers from different institutes like IITs, NITs, AIIMS, IISc and other academic and research institutes of repute participated. More than 50 top academic institutions were represented in the conference.
3. Third All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, December 2007, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
The keynote speaker of the conference was Nobel Laureate, Professor Roger Kornberg who delivered a remarkable lecture on “The Knowable Nature of Scientific Truth.” The conference was a unique mix of biologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, academicians, students and spiritualists sitting together for a voyage towards the Ultimate Reality, for unfolding the deeper questions of life and the universe. Over 1400 leading scientific and spiritual thinkers, including 750 undergraduate and postgraduate students, from more than 100 leading academic institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), NITs, IISc, AIIMS, IIMs, ISB, Central and State Universities, etc., and most influential R&D institutions of India such as Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), ISRO, DRDO, IICT, DRDL, etc., and a few top universities like Speakers and Participants in 2nd AISSQ, 2006 Professor Roger Kornberg (Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) delivering a talk in 3rd AISSQ, 2007Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, UIUC, National University of Singapore, etc., from abroad participated in this soul-enriching event.
6. Sixth All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, March, 2011, DTU, New Delhi, India
H. E. Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, President of India, inaugurated the 6th All India Students’ Conference on ‘Science and Spiritual Quest’ (AISSQ-2011) today at Vigyan Bhawan. The three-day conference is being organized by, Bhaktivedanta Institute, Kolkata in association with Delhi Technological University (DTU) from March 12-14, 2011. Other dignitaries present at the inauguration function included Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister, Delhi, Dr. Narendra Jadhav, Member Planning Commission, GOI, Nobel Laureate Dr. Werner Arber, HH. Gopal Krishna Swamiji from ISCKON, Prof. P. B. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, DTU, and Prof. S.C. Mishra from IIT Guwahati & Chairman, AISSQ, among others. The theme of this year’s conference is “Integrating Capabilities with Values”.
9. Ninth All India Students’ Conference on Science and Spiritual Quest, 30th October - 1st November 2015, IIT Kharagpur, India
The conference was inaugurated by His Excellency Sri K. N. Tripathy, Governor of West Bengal. Among the dignitaries present were Souvik Bhattacharya, Officiating Director, IIT Kharagpur; G. Satheesh Reddy, Advisor to the Defense Ministry; His Holiness Sri Nirmalanandanatha Mahaswamiji from Sri Adichunchunagiri Mahasamsthana Math, Karnataka; Sri B. D. Mundhra, Managing Director, Simplex Infrastructures Limited; and Sri H. P. Kanoria, Chairman, SREI Foundation, Kolkata. The conference featured brilliant and vivacious sessions with lectures delivered by highly-esteemed authorities in the field of science and spirituality interface. Prominent invited speakers were Prof. Christoph Benz Muller (Heisenberg Fellow, Freie University, Berlin, Germany) , Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe (Director, Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology, UK), Dr. A. K. Mukhopadhyay (AIIMS, New Delhi), Prof. P. B. Sharma (Vice Chancellor, AMITY University, Gurgaon) and reputed faculty members from various IITs.