Renowned Muslim professor from India presents paper at Stanford University in USA Â Â
ALIGARH: Prof. N A K Durrani, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University visited Stanford University in USA, home to 21 Nobel laureates and four Pulitzer prize winners, and held an elaborate interactive meeting with Prof. James T Hamilton, Chairman, Department of Journalism to explore the possibility of establishing academic linkage and research collaborations with the Mass Communication Department, AMU.
In the backdrop of the rapidly shifting communication paradigms, it would be imperative to explore the prospects of academic cooperation and research partnership between Stanford University and Aligarh Muslim University so that they are able to meaningfully contribute towards better understanding and innovative application of communication practices.
Prof. Hamilton has identified Cross Cultural Communication and development Communication as two focal areas of collaboration and appreciated the initiative and expression of interest by AMU Social Science Faculty. Prof. Durrani has proposed a Memorandum of Understanding so that academic and research collaboration can become more sustainable and long lasting between the two institutions.
Prof. Durrani also presented a paper on ‘Contemplative Practices and Communication Dynamics’ in the widely attended international conference held at San Francisco State University, USA. While establishing strong synergy between communication and contemplative practices he said that communication is an external manifestation of internal stimuli, whereas contemplative practice is prime source which regulates emotions and strengthens thought process by developing a more focused mind and deepening inner peace. Since the beginning of civilization homo-sapiens were able to articulate their thoughts and feelings using self-devised symbols ranging from simple gestures to the present day technology driven complex world wide networks, he observed.
Prof. Durrani argued that research attentions on communication are largely confined to exterior aspects like means, modes and messages. The internal cognitive drives that generate and shape the physical communication patterns and behaviors are still largely a virgin domain that needs exploration. The emerging discipline of contemplative practices will open up a new and refreshing stream of communication research that may have a bearing on both theory and application of the science of communication and thus contribute to the well-being and human development.
The paper basically examines the dynamics of the powerful synergy inherently interlinking the contemplative practices and the communication behavior for fulfillment of self, as also well-being of society.