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December 10, 2014 | History

Sinha, Ajit Kumar

22-08-1923 - 22-12-1988

Dr. Ajit kumar Sinha M.A. PhD.(Illinois) was born on 22nd August,1923 at village Khaspur, Distt. Murshidabad in West Bengal,India.He had his early education in Meerut. He passed his M.A.in 1944 from Agra University. He went to University of Illinois (USA) as university Research fellow in 1952. He obtained his Ph.D.degree in 1955 from Illinois University.He started his teaching career as lecturer in Meerut College in1944. He then joined B.M. College Moga as lecturer in 1945. From there he shifted to B.R. College Agra in 1949. After his return from United States in 1955, he became thhe Head of the Deptt. of of Birla Arts College in Pilani,where he stayed upto 1963. He joined Kurukshetra University as Head of the Philosophy Department in 1963.He retired as professor of Philosophy from Kurusshetra University in 1983.
His father late professor Jadunath Sinha is well known for his contribution in the field of Indian Philosophy and Psychology. His main contribution to the world of Philosophical thought was his theory of telic principles which he propounded to explain Science , Culture, World Order, Social behavior and Creativity. His theory of cosmic teleology attempted to bridge the gap between Modern Science and Indian Spiritualism. He contributed about 110 research articles which appeared in various reputed Research journals. He authored about 20 books. He was well known in the field by his writings marked by originality and erudition. His contribution to the world of Philosophical thought was recognised and he was made honorary member of American Philosophical Association, U.S.A., International Society for study of time,U.S.A., Research Institute for Study of Global History of Philosophy, W. Virgina, U.S.A. as consultant and Indian Philosophical Congress. He was a member of the editorial Board of journal of Arts & Humanities and interdisciplinary Studies, Univ. of Connecticut U.S.A., Journal of Education, Praci-Jyoti, Digest of Indological studies, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra University Research Journal of Arts and Humanities. He was also the editor of the Proceedings of symposia on Philosophy(!966), Democracy and World Peace ; An International journal. His bio-graphical sketch appeared in who is who in World published by Marquis Publications, Chicago, U.S.A. Some of his writings couldnot be published during his lifetime.An attempt is being made to compile and edit his unpublished works. Forthcoming publications are i) Philosophy of Science in Tantrik Perspective(recently published) ii) Symbolism in Classical Indian Art and Culture. iii) Philosophical reflections on International Relations.-----
TELEOLOGY : The concept that behind every change there is a directional force, design or purpose.
It has been said (A.K. Sinha) that it is the telic nature of human personality which produces its internal order and gives rise to the ability to make free and rational decisions, to plan and to seek adventure. Purposive behaviour is closely related to creativity. As the individual matures it is said that interest shifts from biological creativity (procreation) to utilitarian, aesthetic and intellectual creativity and appreciation, the requisite subjective or psychic order for the latter arising through intuitive comprehension and creative imagination. Such development arises by reflection in solitude, and is fostered by; individual freedom and opportunity; creative education; value-consciousness which encourages ethical, juridical and cultural conscience and works against egoism.
In these terms, society is seen as a system of telic persons organised to realize the same ends, interpersonal harmony being achieved through critical appraisal, formal approval or emotional involvement, those all being expressions of mutual appreciation. Such a society is culturally dynamic and progressive. In turn, a dynamic and well integrated socio-cultural system is a factor in stable world order, since such stability is only possible where each component society is dynamic but with minimal disorder. Mutual tolerance and appreciation between societies is therefore an extension of such tolerance and appreciation among telic persons and lasting peace may be achieved through telic unity and creative advance.
Ref: Human Development Online - UIA,Brussels

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