Empowering Indian Youth for Manifesting Immense Positive Possibilities

A National Workshop on Youth Empowerment

A National Workshop on Empowerment of Youth bringing together Insights, Experiences and Best Practices from Neuroscience Professionals, Youth Leaders, Academicians and Adhyatma Practitioners in Commemoration of 125th Anniversary of the Inspiring Speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda to Humanity at large at World Parliament of Religions, Chicago

Organized by Ramakrishna Math  & Vivekananda Janoththana Trust


September 15th 2018


Our Speakers & Topics

Swami Gautamananda ji Maharaj

Vice President, Ramakrishna Math & Mission

Benedictory Inaugural Address

Professor BN Gangadhar

Director, NIMHANS, Bengaluru

Yoga-Connectedness And Neuroscience

Swami Atmapriyananda

Vice-Chancellor, Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute

Cultivating an Illumined Mind: Urgent relevance in the modern age of science

Prof Gopikrishna Deshpande

Auburn University, Alabama, USA (Video Interaction)

Plasticity of Brain & Moulding Youth Character the Indic way

Swami Narasimhananda

Editor, Prabuddha Bharata, Mayavati

Building the Vivekananda Vibrancy in the Contemporary Youth’s Life

Sri Sulibele Chakravarti

Noted Speaker & Columnist, Mentor, YuvaBrigade

Motivating Youth for National Reconstruction – The YuvaBrigade Experiences

Dr Ravindra PN

Professor of Neuroscience, Gadag Medical College, Karnataka

Successfully Breaking & Changing Habits – A Neuroscience Perspective

Dr Arathi VB

Founder, Vibhu Academy, Karnataka

Nurturing Indic Young Women for Societal Harmony & Progress through Yoga

Professor Devendra Jalihal

Chairman Dept of EE, IIT Madras, Chennai

Channelising Youth for Entrepreneurial Skills, Talent & Productivity

 Dr TS Mohan

Panel Moderator, Vivekananda Janoththana Trust

Panel Discussion: What works for Contemporary Youth in their Self Development?

Prof R Lakshminarasimhan

Director, Institute of Neurology, Madras Medical College

Enabling Youth to manage Aggression & Attacks - Fear, Panic, Epileptic, Schizophrenic etc

Swami Paramasukhananda

Ramakrishna Math, Chennai

Vedantic Secrets of Aspirationally Successful Indian Youth

Dr Nishanth Sampath

Clinical Neurophysiology, SIMS, Chennai

Overcoming dark moods & depression for holistic creativity using empathy

 Pravrajika Divyanandaprana

Principal Nivedita Vidya Mandir, New Delhi

Gems of Wisdom from Indic Heritage that works for our Young Women

Swami Mahamedhananda

Editor, Vedanta Kesari Chennai

Sustaining focused efforts in midst of time pressures & distractions for Students

Professor Vijayalakshmi

Dept of Management Studies, IIT Madras

Why careers are passe & varied multiskilling the future for Indian Youth

CA Adv Sri Sathya Kumar

Vivekananda Institute of Leadership & Governance

Enabling Youth for prolific Problem Solving – A design thinking approach

Swami Vimurtananda

Manager, Ramakrishna Math Chennai

Applying the Learnings from NWEY

Dr T S Mohan

Panel Moderator, Vivekananda Janoththana Trust

Panel Discussion: Forging Youth Empowerment through Leveraging of Vedanta, Yoga & Neurosciences

About NWEY Workshop

Swami Vivekananda, the epitome of the ideal for the Indian youth, gave a rousing and inspiring speech at the World’s Parliament of Religions in 1893 that is very relevant and appropriate to us even today. His speeches and writings capture within it, the universal Dharmic wisdom that most contemporary youth miss out.

The Indian youth today have their unique challenges in growing up into mature, productive, and responsible citizens. Many have shortage of relevant and usable skills. Given the widespread narcissistic entitlements mindset, nurtured through shortsighted public education policies over the years, they lack the entrepreneurial drive to solve their immediate problems. Additionally, significant numbers have had deep conflicts within their individual selves—a frustration with their contemporary world, values raised versus values paraded by movies and politics.

For many, these conflicts arise from their deep entrenched beliefs and hate-narratives, that are consumed unconsciously over a long period of time. These lead to impulsive behaviors, more so during their adolescence, triggering sporadic health and character risk behaviors as well as associated harm to oneself and others around.

Very few have dared to mold their lives in the enlightened world views of our sages, more so of Swami Vivekananda—in getting higher purposes of life, setting immediate and meaningful goals to achieve, in building up concentration and focus on work they embark on, to excel in the skills of stress management or in regulating their emotions and growing more mature or in resolving conflicts within oneself and around.

While there have been several dedicated and institutionalized efforts from across top universities in understanding and leveraging Dharma, Vedanta, and Yoga methods, techniques and principles in light of advances in Neurosciences and digesting them into Neurosciences, there has been inadequate progress within India in the past decades to explore and understand Vedanta, Yoga, Sadhana, and Indic mysticism—for enabling the honest empowerment of Indian youth to successfully and entrepreneurially face the challenges of the world.

This was very dear to Swami Vivekananda. Empowering youth, more so the young women, with the right values and aspirations has also been the visionary drive of Sister Nivedita, the foremost disciple of Swami Vivekananda. Multidisciplinary research efforts in the domains of Vedanta/Yoga and Neurosciences that specifically enriches both has been substantial but rare.

Indeed, there is great felt need to nurture and leverage an India based research ecosystem, spread across multiple institutions and experts. This workshop seeks to be a catalyst to bring together accomplished Vedanta/Yoga practitioners, experts, and researchers from the above various disciplines to enable them to engage in fruitful dialogs whose insights will enable the holistic development and empowerment of the youth of today.

This day long workshop will focus on several 20-minute keynotes touching on a variety of key topics including:

a) Understanding sadhana and tapasya in the context of the maturation of humanness and for robust character development.
b) Vedantic and Yogic Meditations aiding in efficient neuroplasticity and therefore agile adaptivity and effectiveness in Life.
c) Higher Order Cognitive processes, Vedantic/Yogic practices, and Youth Wellness.
d) Jnana and Yogic Cognitive Therapies for key psychiatric and psychosomatic youth disorders including understanding the interactions between depression, anger, anxiety, aggression. and bullying amongst youth.
e) Understanding what motivates youth to aspire for higher purposes of life and enlightened society.
f) Balancing the transformative journey of the youth within, with that of overall developmental endeavors around.

The audience for the workshop include young professional college students and research scholars, neuroscientists, Vedanta/Yoga practitioners. In addition, key decision makers, policy advocacy leaders, educational professionals and philanthropists, trustees and enthusiasts will also be expected to actively participate.

The target audience includes a substantial participation from Indian youth. Networking for incubating interdisciplinary work is the core objective of this workshop with insights, experiences, best practices and case studies sharing. We hope to have a broad but a deeply interested and qualified audience that can potentially or is actively contributing to nurturing the India based ecosystem in Vedanta, Yoga and Neurosciences.

We expect to have about 200 active participants drawn from the various stakeholders to make this workshop a success. The proceedings of the workshop will be video-recorded, curated, and published in our websites. In addition, a hard copy proceedings comprising the articles written by the speakers, based on their talks, will be published as a followup.

These proceedings are expected to be of long term value for the youth in India as well as the young India based multidisciplinary researchers/practitioners in the Vedanta/Yoga and Neurosciences research ecosystem, more so specifically in enabling the holistic development of Youth. It also helps to open up and bring a more holistic usage of advances in this area.


Registration is by invitation and will entail a very nominal fee of ₹500/- for students. ₹750/- for NGO leaders, ₹1000/- for faculty, ₹1000/- for MMA Members and Rs 2000 for professionals & others. We hope to have a broad but a deeply interested and qualified audience that can potentially or is actively contributing to nurturing the India based ecosystem in Vedanta, Yoga & Neurosciences.

Kindly register your application here & we will send you the invite for full registration and other formalities including registration fee payment. Participation seats are limited. Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the venue.

For those who are seeking manual assistance for registration, please give a missed call (or) send SMS “NWEY18 [YourName] [YourMobile Number] to 9113032266. You will get a call back within 1 Day.


Benefits for potential sponsors:

a) Visibility opportunities in terms of (i) banner & flex boards kept at strategic workshop locations, and (ii) collaterals bagged into participants’ kits, giveaways & gifts

b) Certain free registrations for sponsor institution affiliated members

c) Mentions in key messaging’s about the workshop

d) Advertisements in the hardcopy proceedings to be published as follow-up

e) Video acknowledgements of sponsorship


Madras Management Association
MMA Management Center
New No:240 Pathari Road (Off Anna Salai)
Chennai – 600 006.