Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Scientific seminar "Learning about India through the Great Master Swami Vivekananda"


On the occasion of the 158th birthday anniversary of Great Master Swami Vivekanada (1863-2021), on the morning of January 28, 2020, at the headquarters No. 1 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi, Vietnam Institute of Indian and Southwest Asian Studies (VIISAS) under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) in collaboration with the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre organized a scientific seminar with the topic "Learn about India through Vivekananda Professor Swami". The workshop was honoured to welcome Mr. Sri Subhash Gupta, Deputy Ambassador of India to Vietnam and Dr. G.B. Harisha, Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Hanoi.

Mr. Sri Subhash Gupta, Deputy Indian Ambassador in Vietnam and Dr. G.B. Harisha, Director of Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre gifted the book to Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Xuan Trung, Director of VIISAS, VASS

Attending the seminar were Assoc.Prof.Dr.Nguyen Xuan Trung, Director of VIISAS; Dr. Le Hang Nga, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Vietnam Journal for Indian and Asian Studies; Mr. Nguyen Van Huynh, Former Ambassador of Vietnam to Brazil, member of the Vietnam - India Friendship Association in Hanoi; Ms. Phan Lan Tu, President of Vietnam- India Friendship Association in Hanoi; Prof. Dr. Do Thu Ha, Dean of the Department of Indian Studies and the Faculty of Oriental Studies, Hanoi University of Social Sciences and Humanities; and representatives of delegates and scientists from the Institute of Philosophy; Institute of Religious Studies, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Institute for Africa and Middle East Studies…

The seminar included an exhibition of paintings about the life and influence of Great Master Swami Vivekananda. Before the commencement, the guests participating in the program offered flowers to Venerable Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu monk, philosopher and social reformer, who was regarded by millions of Indians as Vibhuti Purusha. He has created an extremely positive turning point in the national life of India by defining every aspect of ancient Indian civilization. He has traveled to many places such as the US, UK and China and Japan to spread the message of Vedanta (the satellite – momentum) which is sometimes referred to as the new Vedanta. He also clarifies doubts about Indian life and culture to both expats and Indians with his energetic lectures and a few books.

Overview of the Seminar

At the seminar, delegates listened to 03 presentations from Mr. Sri Subhash Gupta, Deputy Indian Ambassador in Vietnam; Dr. G.B. Harisha and Dr. Le Thi Hang Nga about the general information of India through the great contributions of Venerable Swami Vivekananda in various fields (culture, religion, society). Vivekananda contributed to the rise of Cultural Nationalism in India; especially the human development, women's empowerment and his legacy left for posterity. Learning about Swami Vivekananda means understanding India. The presentations provide an insight into the life and philosophy of Soeur Nivedita, one of Swami Vivekananda's great disciples. Thereby, the speakers also emphasized the importance of culture and religion as a rope connecting and healing relationships. This is also the reason why people have become one of the pillars of the "vision of Vietnam - India for peace, prosperity and people" was signed at the online Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on December 21, 2020. For the first time, "People" has become the focus of official government documents.

Participants took souvenir photos at the seminar

The seminar received many exchanges and discussions around the life of great master Swami Vivekananda and his influence on the fields of culture, religion, philosophy ... Learning about Swami Vivekananda means understanding India. The discussions of the delegates and the reports at the seminar will be a valuable source of reference for experts, scientists, students and people interested in the India to have more knowledge, proposing new research directions in related fields. Thereby promoting more academic exchanges, cultural exchanges and developing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and India increasingly better.

Nguyen Thu Trang




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