M.Ph Symposium

A symposium was organized at Divyadaan, Nashik by the students of Mph  on 17th January 2015. The symposium dealt with the theme ‘Dialogue: A Bridge to Interpersonal Differences’. The programme that began at 2.pm with a short prayer song took the participants through the history, meaning and relevance of dialogue.
The keynote address, presented at the outset introduced the concept of dialogue and dealt with its historical background. There were three talks which dealt with ‘Crisis in Dialogue’, ‘What and Why of Dialogue’ and ‘The Way Ahead with Dialogue’ respectively. Differences, prejudices, feeling of alienation, monologue and the interference of system were presented as the crisis in dialogue.  The second talk dealt with the meaning, definition and the difference between dialogue and various form of communications. The speaker clarified the terms such as dialogical and dialectical dialogue and stressed the kind of attitudes one needs to have in order to enter into an authentic dialogue. The relevance of dialogue was extensively dealt with in the last talk. The need to develop mutual trust and the spirit of openness as a precondition in entering into sincere dialogue was the main concept of the third talk. The floor was open for clarifications and questions after the talks.
As dialogue has emerged as an overarching medium of understanding in today’s world the theme that was chosen for the symposium was of great significance. It was indeed a learning experience for all the participants. The programme concluded at 3.30 pm as per the schedule.