Saturday, August 2, 2008

Felix Wilfred Festschrift and Padma Shri Prof. Dr. Anandakrishnan

A Festschrift in honour of Dr. Felix Wilfred on his 60th birth anniversary was released at the Senate Hall of the University of Madras on 22nd July 2008 . Dr. Felix Wilfred retired recently from the University, having served the Department of Christian Studies since its inception in 1993 and as its Head from 2003. Dr. Wilfred is widely known as an Indian Christian theologian who is conversant with Indian traditional philosophy as well as subaltern traditions. He is also a member of the Research Committe (SATHRI) of the Senate of Serampore College (University). He is currently the President of the editorial board of Concilium, the renowned theological review published in seven European languages. Dr. Felix Wilfred himself is a multilinguist knowing more than a dozen languages including Indian, Biblical and European. Felix has to his credit till date published 15 books, more than 250 articles, edited 7 volumes and 25 issues of journals, presented more than 200papers, and guided 25 Ph. D. Theses. He also serves as the member of the Statutory Ethical Committee of the IIT, Chennai and of the Anna University from 2006. He is also a member of UNESCO. After retiring from the University he now serves as the founding Director of Asian Centre for Cross-cultural Studies at Panayur, Chennai, besides serving the many National and International Catholic Theological Associations. Archbishop A. M. Chinnappa of the Madras-Mylapore Archdiocese acclaimed him as "a courageous and perceptive theologian who interprets Christianity and its teaching to the local context of life in a meaningful and relevant way." Archbishop also has pointed out that Felix is a "theologian who has led us to think about inculturation in a new way. A scholar who has pursued a scientific approach to the study of religions and has highlighted the potentialities of religions for social transformation." Dr. K. Rajaratnam, Director Emeritus of Gurukul and Director of CReNIEO (Centre for Research on New International Economic Order) was one of the speakers. He hailed Felix as a theologian who has attempted to restore the gospel theme of the liberation of the oppressed as the primary concern of theology. Rajaratnam described Prof. Padma Shri Anandakrishanan who gave the Keynot address as one of the best speakers of India. Anandakrishnan is now chairman of MIDS and IIT Kanpur. (To read excerpts from the Key note address titled,"Interdisciplinary Approach to Knowledge: An Ethical Perspective" click here ). Prof. Dr. S. Ramachandran, Vice-Chancellor of the University released the Festschrift. Dr. G. Patrick, Head i/c, Department of Christian Studies, Dr. M. Ranganatham, Registrar i/c of the University, Dr. D. Aphonse, Principal St. Paul's College, Trichy, Dr. Chitra Krishnan, Head, French Department, Dr. Cruz Hieroniumus, Biblical Scholar, Fr. Xavier Arulraj, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Miniorities Economic Development Corporation Ltd., were other speakers.

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