Spoken Sanskrit Workshop For beginners in Canberra

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Organised by Hindu Council of Australia

Objective: to give students a taste of Sanskrit as a living language by introducing its basic grammatical structures so that they can start understanding simple texts as well as allow them to use it in daily life. It also seeks to give them an understanding and appreciation of the beauty of the different aspects of this language from its sounds to its rich content so that they feel enthused enough to delve further into it.

This is a basic language course and it would be of interest to persons from different disciplinary backgrounds of science, technology, computer sciences and humanities and social sciences.

When : Sat 2 June and Sunday 3 June, 2018 Time : 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

Where : Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre, 81 Ratcliffe Crescent, Florey ACT 2615

Cost : Free, #note

Contact : himanshu.pota@gmail.com or 0426057354.

 Short bio of the Presenter
Dr. Jyoti Raj obtained her Ph.D. on brahmasūtra from the University of Delhi. She got her graduate and post-graduate qualifications from St. Stephen’s College, the University of Delhi. She is an Assistant Professor at Shyama Prasad Mukherji College, the University of Delhi.

She is a news reader, editor, and reporter with DD News Sanskrit section. She is also a Governing Body Member of Delhi Sanskrit Academy. She has conducted several Spoken Sanskrit Camps for School and College Students.

Dr. Jyoti Raj presenting a news bulletin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5S5Yri9Dek
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Note: 1. Participants can attend part of the workshop too.

2. Depending on the number of registrations we will request small contribution for the workshop to cover the travel cost of the presenter.

3. Lunch is included

A Hindu Textbook Controversy in USA

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The basic complaint by Hindus, including the American Hindu Education Foundation (HEF) is that previous textbooks have given an inaccurate and disparaging portrayal of their religion. While there are many individual complaints the big three are: the emphasis on the caste system, making the Indo-Aryan Migration Theory seem undisputed, and changing ancient India to Southwest Asia.

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Freedom to teach religion in schools under threat according to Christians in NSW

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May 5th, 2018

Rev. Hon. Fred Nile MLC, and Paul Green of Christian Democratic Party, wish to introduce the Anti-Discrimination (Religious Beliefs and Religious Activities) Bill in the Parliament in the state of New South wales in Australia.

According to Paul Green, MLC, the freedom of religious people and institutes are under attack and that this Bill will protect their rights, including protection from mistreatment on the grounds of faith. He is deeply concerned that without this bill, the ability to teach religion in schools and operate charities with Government funding will come under attack. 

“We are working to safeguard the ability of faith-based Schools to teach faith-based values without penalty, as well as ensuring religious groups do not lose their charitable status because of their faith.” said Hon. Paul Green MLC.

Rev. Hon .Fred Nile MLC says that free conscience including freedom to pursue ones own faith, is fundamental to Australian social values. “Every human being should live by their own conscience, including religious conscious” concluded Hon. Paul Green MLC. 

Hon Paul Green MLC is seeking the support of all faith groups to show their support for his Bill.

You can read more about the Bill at his website here.

Bible lessons should be a must for Hindu students, says Christian activist

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Australian students should be ­required to study the Bible as part of a well-rounded education, ­regardless of their religious background, according to American investor and Christian activist Chuck Stetson. 

“I argue that if you don’t have knowledge of the Bible you can’t understand the English language, literature, history, art, music or culture fully,” he told The Australian, after speaking at a forum in Sydney.

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Severe shortage of Hindu SRE teachers in NSW schools

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NSW

Currently there is an estimated short fall of about a 1,000 Hindu Special Religious Education teachers in NSW.

2017 Statistics

In the enrollment year 2107, there were about 20,000 Hindu students in NSW out of a total of 755,000 student in 2,160 schools, making 2.64% of all students. Buddhists had about 15,000 and Muslims about 50,000 while Sikhs and Jains together had only just over 2,300 students enrolled in public schools.

Of the 2,160 schools, 1,600 were Primary schools and about 400 Secondary schools, rest being others. About 140 Primary schools out of 1,600 have six or more Hindu students, many having more than 200 students. Of 400 secondary schools, about 140 have more than six students with some having numbers in hundreds.

Schools with more than 200 Hindu students  :

Name Type postcode operational_directorate principal_network Total Studen

ts

Number of Hindu Students % Hindus
Westmead Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Holroyd 1441 920 64
Girraween Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Parramatta 1134 777 69
Parramatta Public School Primary School 2150 Macquarie Park Parramatta 910 416 46
Matthew Pearce Public School Primary School 2153 Macquarie Park The Hills 1395 341 24
Parramatta High School Secondary School 2150 Macquarie Park Parramatta 858 320 37
Blacktown South Public School Primary School 2148 Macquarie Park Nirimba 1007 306 30
Rosehill Public School Primary School 2142 Macquarie Park Parramatta 664 304 46
Girraween High School Secondary School 2145 Macquarie Park Parramatta 759 297 39
Macarthur Girls High School Secondary School 2150 Macquarie Park Parramatta 1013 297 29
Wentworthville Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Holroyd 524 293 56
Darcy Road Public School Primary School 2145 Macquarie Park Holroyd 654 284 43
Penrith High School Secondary School 2750 Macquarie Park Penrith 930 274 29
Cherrybrook Technology High School Secondary School 2126 Macquarie Park Dural 1930 250 13
Baulkham Hills High School Secondary School 2153 Macquarie Park The Hills 1213 229 19
Quakers Hill Public School Primary School 2763 Macquarie Park The Hills 956 223 23
Riverbank Public School Primary School 2769 Macquarie Park The Hills 811 221 27
Macquarie Fields High School Secondary School 2564 Ultimo Glenfield 1109 205 18

There are no reliable numbers available as to how many of these schools and students are actually getting Hindu SRE education. But it is estimated that with a maximum class size of 20, about 1,200 Hindu SRE teachers are needed where as only about two hundred teachers have been trained so far by four SRE providers namely, VHP, Chinmaya Mission, Saiva Manram and J.E.T.

Currently there is a short fall of about a 1,000 Hindu SRE teachers in NSW.

(source: Based on Department of Education NSW and on Hindu Council’s research)

The ‘Acharya envoys’ who propagate Indian culture

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Three ‘ambassadors’, whose mandate is to spread yoga and the Vedas in the U.S., explain their vision and mission

In a new initiative by the Narendra Modi government, a band of Indian officials posted to three missions in the U.S. now promote ‘Indian culture’ as part of diplomacy.

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Vedanta for the modern world – Victoria lecture

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Gargi Woman June Bullivant

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Winner of Gargi Woman Award 2018 – (Academic Researcher)

By Bharathi R

JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded Hindu Council of Australia’s Gargi Woman Award 2018 for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher. The award consisting of a plaque was presented to her by Federal MP Julie Owens and by Mr Surinder Jain – Vice President – Hindu council of Australia.

June has earlier been nominated for the 2012 Women of the West Award for her commitment to providing educational opportunities and preserving the history of Western Sydney.

The Granville Historical Society is a resource centre which collects the history of the Granville and Parramatta local areas; provides historical information and photographs for the use of the community, for use for educational and family history; offers educational presentations to organisations and schools; and provides photographic displays for use within the Parramatta Heritage Centre.

She has played a lead role in the Society since 1988, when she and her husband founded the organisation as part of a Bicentenary Committee project

Over the years, She has served the Granville Historical Society in a number of roles, including as President, for three times. She currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer, and regularly writes grant proposals for upcoming projects.

Her role involves the preparation of PowerPoint presentations and to provide schools with interactive presentations that make the subject of local history more interesting. She is currently working on a virtual walk through Parramatta Park, which will be given to organisations and schools to share the local history of Granville and the Parramatta LGA.

She is also a delegate on the Parramatta City Council Heritage Advisory Committee, which works to protect Parramatta heritage sites – at present she is working to oppose the recent proposal to drill holes through the 1836 Lennox Bridge.

While proud of the fights she has been involved in over the years — saving Granville pool, upgrade of Granville station and saving heritage on the UWS Rydalmere site — she insists she is “no hero”. She worked tirelessly to keep  Parramatta Female factory alive.

JUNE BULLIVANT  has been awarded 2018 Gargi woman award for her outstanding contribution as Academic Researcher.

Hindu Council announces Winners of Gargi Woman Award 2018

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The winners of Gargi Woman Award were announced today.

The winners of 2018 Gargi Woman Award are :

1. Jacinta Tobin – Service to her Aboriginal Community

2. June Bullivant – Academic Research

3. Dr Meenakshi Srinivasan – Educationist

4. Anju Kalra – Dementia Consultant

5. Jayanthi Ramnan – Carer Service

6. Poornima Sharama – Performer

7. Paramita Roy – Film Producer

In a function held as part of Parramasala festival in Sydney, Hindu council of Australia announced the winners of Gargi Woman Award at a function held to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018.

The event was attended by Deputy Lord Mayor Michelle Garrard, Federal MP Julie Owens, Federal MP Michelle Rowland, State MP for Parramatta Geoff Lee, State MP Julia Finn, State MP for Strathfield Jodi McKay, councillor Reena Jethi, councilor Sameer Pandey and councilor Suman Saha.

In this celebration, Hindu Council of Australia also recognized a young riser Pallavi Sinha and lifelong community service provided by Ms Akila Ramiratnam, Saraswathi Shashi and Amitha Saxena for their services to teach our languages, culture and religion to young students.

What If Everything Our Kids Know About Hinduism is Wrong?

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Being born and raised in California, I have heard mixed messages about Hinduism from my parents, my school, and the religious organization that I grew up with (Sri Satya Sai Baba Bal Vikas). Everyone had their own interpretation of what it meant to be a Hindu.

This is why I have always felt like Hinduism needed its own public relations team. Our community needs to be clear on what Hinduism is and what it is not, so that we properly address the misconceptions that exist in our society. [Read More…]