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Two-Day International Conference


The Soul in Symphony: Spiritual and Pragmatic Aspects of Happiness

29-30 January 2018


Organized by
Mehr Chand Mahajan DAV College for Women

Sector 36-A, Chandigarh (U.T.), India
Email: goldenhappiness2018mcm@gmail.com







MCM DAV College for Women, a premier multi-faculty post graduate institution, was established in 1968 to commemorate the exemplary contribution of Justice Mehr Chand Mahajan in spearheading the DAV Movement. The college has been re-accredited with Grade 'A' by NAAC and ranks among top 50 colleges at the national level, as per the surveys conducted by India Today and The Week magazine. It has been awarded Star Status by Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. In National Institute Ranking Framework by MHRD, Government of India, the college has figured among the top 75 educational institutions of India. Along with the numerous academic achievements to its credit, the institution also has the distinction of winning the Panjab University Women's General Efficiency Sports Shield 37 times. MCM DAV College continues to explore new vistas of growth and learning—both for the students and the faculty.


The year 2018 is being celebrated as the Golden Jubilee Year of the institution. As part of the celebrations, the college is organizing a two-day International Conference on The Soul in Symphony: Spiritual and Pragmatic Aspects of Happiness on 29-30 January 2018. Eminent speakers from diverse areas would be sharing their learned views on the topic. Faculty members, research scholars and post graduate students are invited to present papers at this event.

The pursuit of happiness is an eternal endeavour, partially because it has defied definition despite persistent efforts to do so across ages. What is happiness? Is it in doing one's duty or in being free of all worldly burdens? Is it in treading the moral and ethical path unflinchingly or in breaking all shackles and societal injunctions? Further, a person's happiness may be another's misery, and one's commonplace might be the other's ecstasy.

It seems that every age brings with it a further depletion of episodes of happiness in the general drama of life. In the present day, however, the pressures have attained the level of near explosion. And we find ourselves asking—Are we really happy? Is success/money equal to happiness? Conversely, is it possible to remain happy without money and success? Is there something called 'real happiness'? And by the same logic then, does the concept of 'false happiness' exist? Clearly, the quest for the meaning of happiness is as maddening as its pursuit.

In this scenario, the need to de-stress, vent-out, channelize and occupy oneself constructively is overpowering and also, absolutely essential. The International Conference on Happiness aims at arriving at a better understanding of our own selves, our aspirations and expectations. Hopefully, the deliberations can lead to optimization of our abilities and potential, and thereby, to the creation of a joyful environment at home, workplace and abroad.


The following themes are the suggested focal points of discussion. An effort has been made to include both the philosophical and pragmatic aspects of the topic under separate headings. The paper presenters /participants can also choose topics that could relate to the general ambit of the projected concerns for oral / poster presentation (Poster Size 3 ft. X 4 ft).

  a) Looking for Happiness
What is happiness?

Happiness and Spirituality

Can we practice happiness? – Enquiries into the power of Meditation and Yoga
Asceticism Vs Indulgence
The Quantum of Happiness-Feelings in the cage of cultural constructs
Is Happiness a Science or an Art? - Relativity of Happiness
Social Structures—Foundations of Happiness?

Does the spring of joy dry up in the autumn of life?—The Geriatric Dimension

I think, therefore I am [happy]? - The Power of Positive Thinking
Advertising Happiness: Materialism as an end in itself
Cinematic/Literary/Artistic Representations of Happiness
Social Media and Changing Expressions of Happiness
  a) Exploring the Possible Road to Joy
Happiness, Creativity and Arts (including Performing Arts)
 Happiness and Socio-economic Policy
Ecological Efficiency Index
Happiness in Global Perspective: Need for New Paradigms
Gross National Happiness Index
Happiness and Mental Health Care/ Neuroscience / Health care
Happiness, Workplace Values and Ethics
Happiness, Gender Diversity and Gender Equity
Happiness and Sustainable Practices
  Please mail your abstracts at goldenhappiness2018mcm@gmail.com (Word Limit: 300 words)

Last Date for Abstract Submission: 31 December 2017
Last date for submission of abstract for Oral / Poster Presentation (For students): 5 January, 2018
Intimation of Acceptance: 7 January 2018
Last Date for Registration: 12 January 2018
Last Date for Paper Submission: 20 January 2018

Please note that a selected few papers will be published in New Horizons (ISSN No. 2277-5218), our peer reviewed and UGC approved journal.
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Organizing Team





Dr. Punam Suri, Padma Shree Awardee
Hon'ble President
DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi, India








Dr. Nisha Bhargava








Ms. Madhvi Bajaj (Cell No. +9198720 03719)
Dr. Mridula Sharma (Cell No. +9194652 18615)






Organizing Secretaries


Ms. Archana Bakshi (Cell No. +919872971489)
Dr. Vandana Sharma (Cell No. +919914084438)
Dr. Nitasha Khehra (Cell No. +919872068658)
Dr. Bindu Dogra (Cell No. +919872663614)






Steering Committee


Dr. Anju Lata
Dr. Komil Tyagi
Dr. Bhavna Sood
Dr. Neetu
Dr. Shefali Dhiman
Dr. Sagarika Dev
Dr. Sarabjeet Kaur
Ms. Vandita Kapoor

  For registration form, details of registration fee and any other query, please visit our website www.mcmdavcw-chd.edu or call at any of the above mentioned phone numbers.
    Mehr Chand Mahajan  DAV College for Women, Sector - 36 A, Chandigarh
 Tel. : 0172 - 2603355, E-mail : principal_mcmdavcollege@yahoo.com

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