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Department of Philosophy

Dr. Laxmikanta Padhi

Dr. Laxmikanta Padhi

M.A., M. Phil and Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Philosophy

Registrar (Officiating), N.B.U.

Associate, IIAS, Shimla, Life Member- Journal of ICPR, New Delhi; Indian Philosophical Congress; Member- Afro-Asian Philosophical Congress, Book Club, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla;

Enlisted under the scheme of Dissemination of Knowledge of ICPR, New Delhi.


Contact Addresses:

Contact No.
+91- 353-2677334(O), 9832383948 (M)
Address(office)
Department of Philosphy, University of North Bengal, P.O.-NBU, Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin-734013, India.
e-Mail
laxmikantnbu@gmail.com

Subject Specialization: Practical Ethics, especially, Environmental Ethics, Animal Ethics, Philosophy of Religion and Western Epistemology.

Areas of Research Interest: Virtue Ethics, Indian Philosophy and Analytic Philosophy..

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: Nil       (b) Ongoing: 05

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: 01       (b) Ongoing: 02.

No. of Publications:        (a) Journal(s) : 19        (b) Books Authored: 01(Ongoing)        (c) Books Edited: 02

Awards:

  • 2000-2003 :Junior Research Fellowship by ICPR, New Delhi
  • 2002, NET of UGC and SLET of WBCSC
  • 2004-2005: Project Fellow, Centre for Cognitive Science, Jadavpur University
  • 2016-2018: Associateship, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla.

Teaching Experiences:

  • Past:
    • Part-time lecturer in Philosophy at Prabhu Jagatbandhu College, Andul- Mouri, Howrah from 1st September 2004 to 21st February 2005.
    • Fulltime lecturer in Philosophy at Cooch-Behar College by West Bengal College Service Commission from 7th March 2005 to 14th February 2007.
    • Assistant Prof. in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, from 15th February 2007.
  • Present:
    • Assocaite Prof. in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, from 7th March 201

Research Experience & Training:

Research Stage

Title of Work/ Thesis

University Where the Work is Carried Out

Post Doctoral: NA

 

 

Research Guidance : PhD

  • Mr. Chandra Sekhar Mandal, Assistant Prof. in Philosophy, DNC College, Murshidabad
  • Mr. Pankoj Kanti Sarkar Assistant Prof. in Philosophy, Debra Tahna Shahid Khudiram Smriti Mahavidyalaya, Midnapore
  • Miss Debanjali Mukherjee JRF, UGC, New Delhi
  • Miss Shrabani Roy, Guest Lecturer in Siliguri  College
  • Mrs. Priyanka Hazra (SRF, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship of UGC)
  • Mr Shasi Mohan Das, Associate Prof. Dispur College, Guwahati

M.Phil (Completed)

  • Mr. Pankoj Kanti Sarkar

(M.Phil with Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, Completed  in 2010)

 

  • Animal Rights: A Philosophical Reflection
  • Environmental Ethics and  Future Generation: Some Observations
  • Moral Status of Animals: Debates and Dimensions
  • Deep Ecology: Recent Debates and New Paradigms
  • Prostitution And Morality: Some Reflections
  • Environmental Ethics and Intrinsic Value

 

 

  • Environmental Ethics: Responsibility for Future Generation

 

  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal
  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal
  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal
  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal
  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal
  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal
  • Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal

 

Research Projects Carried out:

Title of the Project

Name of the Funding Agency

Duration & Amount

Place of Work

Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Development

University Grants Commission, New Delhi

Two Years (16-01-07 to 17-01-09),
Rs. 80,000/-

Coochbehar College and Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal

Moral Status of Animals: A Critical Exploration

University Grants Commission, New Delhi

One and half Year (17-09-12- to 31-01- 2014), Rs. 1,20,000/-

Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal

An Ethics for the  Animals: Debates and Dimensions

University of North Bengal

Rs. 50,000/-
(April 2014 to 31st December 2014)

Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal

Philosophy of Religion

University of North Bengal

Rs. 50,000/-
(April 2015 to 31st March 2016)

Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal

Selective List of Publications:

Books:

  1. Jointly edited a volume entitled: Moral Language: East and West with Dr. D. Saha, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi, (NBU studies in Philosophy-15) 2010, (ISBN: 81-7211-287-4)
  2. Jointly edited a volume entitled: Phenomenological Meaning with Dr. D. Saha, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi, (NBU studies in Philosophy-22) 2014. (ISBN: 81-7211-334-x)
  3. Writing a book entitled: Current Environmental Issues and Philosophy Northern Book Centre, New Delhi. (forthcoming)

Journals Co-edited::

  1. Departmental Journal entitled: Philosophical Papers, Journal of the Dept. of Philosophy, (ISSN   0976 – 4496)     
    • Vol-VI, March 2009. Vol-VII March 2010. Vol-VIII March 2011.Vol-IX March 2012. Vol- X March 2014. Vol- X March 2015.     

Journals, Proceedings and Edited Volumes:

  1. Intrinsic Value in Nature: the Value Objectivist’s Position has been published in the Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, No.1, Vol-15, 2004.
  2. Ethics, Values and Environment in the proceedings of the UGC sponsored state level Seminar on Impact of Civilization on Environment held on from 27th to 28th November 2004, at Jhargram Raj Govt. College, East Midnapore, West Bengal.
  3. Ethics and Environment in the Philosophical Papers: Journal of the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal Vol.-III, April 2007.
  4. Abstract entitled: Environmental Holism in Hinduism in the proceedings of the XXII World Congress of Philosophy at Seoul National University Seoul, Korea from July 30th to 5th August, 2008.
  5. The Problem of Negative Existentials in Philosophical Papers: Journal of the Dept. of Philosophy University of North Bengal, Vol.-IV, March, 2008.
  6. An Introduction to Deep Ecology, Philosophical Papers: Journal of Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Vol-V, March, 2009. (ISSN:  0976 – 4496)      
  7. Environmental Ethics and Animal Rights, Indian Human Rights Law Review Vol.-1, No-2, December, 2010 (ISSN: 2230-7036).
  8. The Nature and Characteristics of Environmental Ethics Journal of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Vol-VI, March, 2010. (ISSN: 0976 – 4496).
  9. The Definition and Significance of Meta-ethics in Moral Language edit. D. Saha and L. K. Padhi, Northern Book Centre, Delhi, (NBU studies in Philosophy-15) 2010, (ISBN: 81-7211-287-4)
  10. Ecological Ethics: Possibilities in Buddhism in Language and Thought in Buddhism edit. R. N. Ghosh and J. C. Basak, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi, (NBU studies in Philosophy-14) 2010 (ISBN: 978-7211-291-2)
  11. Biodiversity and its Moral Implications, in Proceedings of the national seminar entitled: Loss of Biodiversity and its Ethical Implications in September 2011 at Vidyanagar College, South 24 Praganas. (ISBN:-81-8282-179-7)
  12. Environmental Holism in Hinduism in Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, Vol-21, No.-1, 2011, Dept. of Philosophy, Jadavpur University. (ISSN: 0975 – 6833)
  13. Moral Status of Animalsin Journal of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Vol-VII, March, 2011. (ISSN: 0976 – 4496)
  14. Nonlinguistic Thinking in Animals: a Possibility for Animal Ethics in Language and Thought (edit.) Jyotish Chandra Basak and Koushik Joardar, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi. (NBU studies in Philosophy-20) 2012 (ISBN: 978-81-7211-298-1)
  15. Ecofeminist Thought in Indian Journal of Social and Natural Sciences, Vol.2, Issue-2, 2013 p. 144-152 (ISSN 2277 – 6117)
  16. Practical Vedanta and its Ethical Mission in Philosophical Papers: Journal of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Vol-X, March, 2014. (ISSN: 0976 – 4496)
  17. An Attack on Scepticism in Ravenshaw Journal of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, Vol.-1, November, 2015. (ISSN: 2395 –3209)  
  18. Some Observations on Animal Rights in Does Human Right Exists? Edit. Sidhatrtha Chattterjee, Manav Prakashan, Kolkata, 2015, p. 49-57. (ISBN: 978-93-80332-80-2).
  19. Is Indian Philosophy Mystical in Philosophical Papers: Journal of Philosophy, Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal, Vol-X, March, 2015. (ISSN: 0976 – 4496)
  20. Ethical Approaches in Anthropology in the semi-annual journal South Asian Anthropologist, Serials Publications, March 2016, p.91-96. (ISSN :0257-7348)
  21. Speech, Thought, Skills, and Some Proofs of Reason in Animals: A Greek Philosophical Perspective in Language and Communication (edit.) Kanti Lal Das, Northern Book Centre, New Delhi. (NBU studies in Philosophy-) (forthcoming)

Presentations:

  • International
    1. Contributed paper entitled: Ethics, Values and Environment (Submitted online to Prof. Bob Frodeman and Dale Jamieson  in frodeman@unt.edu from URL: www.environmentalphilosophy.org) in the Joint ISEE/IAEP Meeting in Estes Park, Colorado from 30th May to 2nd June 2006.
    2. Holism from Indian Perspective: an Attempt for an Ethics of Responsibility presented in the First Asian Philosophical Congress held on from 6th to 9th March 2010, at JNU, New Delhi, by ICPR, New Delhi.
    3. The Relationship between Mind and Body:  Descartes, Spinoza, Liebnitz and Jainism in the International Conference on Science and Jaina Philosophy from 8th to 10th of January, 2016 at IIT, Mumbai.
  • National
    1. Ethics and Sustainable Development in the 82nd Session of Indian Philosophical Congress held on from 26th to 29th October 2007 at the Department of Philosophy, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh.
    2. Philosophers on Mathematics in the national conference at Sikkim Govt. College, Gangtok on 9th April 2008.
    3. Applied Ethics and its Philosophical Integrity presented in the 83rd Session of Indian Philosophical Congress held on from 22nd to 25th October 2008 at the Department of Philosophy, Gujarat Vidyapith, Ahamedabad.
    4. Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Development in the Refresher Course Dept. of Philosophy, organized by ASC, Jadavpur University, from 24th August to 12th September 2009.
    5. An Attack on Scepticism presented in the 84th Session of Indian Philosophical Congress held on from 24th to 27th October 2009 at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai.
    6. Some Observations on Traditional Scepticism presented in the UGC sponsored one day Seminar on Scepticism: East and West in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal on 5th February 2010
    7. Biodiversity and its Moral Implications presented in the national seminar entitled: Loss of Biodiversity and its Ethical Implications held on from 2nd-3rd September 2011 at Vidyanagar College, South 24 Praganas.
    8. Ecofeminist Thought presented in the national seminar entitled: Ethics in Practice held on from 22nd-23rd December 2011 at Prasanna Deb Womens’ College, Jalpaiguri in collaboration with UGC and MON Foundation Kolkata.
    9. Theological Approach towards Euthanasia in the national seminar entitled: Socio-Ethical and theological issues in Euthanasia held on from 27th - 28th January 2012 at Patna Womens’ College, Patna in collaboration with UGC.
    10. Moral Status of Animals in the National Seminar entitled: Contemporary Issues in Applied Ethics held on and from 3rd to 4th February 2012 at Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, Odisha in collaboration with ICPR.
    11. Intrinsic Value in Nature in the National Seminar entitled: Man and Natureheld on and from 15th and 16th September, 2012 at Christ College, Cuttack, Odisha in collaboration with UGC.
    12. Practical Vedanta and its Ethical Mission in the state level Seminar on Vivekananda and the Modern World in the Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, Kolkata on 13th October, 2012.
    13. Migration, Morality and Development in the UGC sponsored National Level Seminar “Migration and Assam: from the Pre-historic Period to Present Day” organized by Dispur College in collaboration with ACTA, Kamrup Metro Zone, Guwahati from 23-24th September 2013.
    14. Chaired sessions on the themes Migration Sustainable Development and Climate Change and Vulnerability of Female Migrants in the UGC sponsored National Level Seminar “Migration and Assam: from the Pre-historic Period to Present Day” organized by Dispur College in collaboration with ACTA, Kamrup Metro Zone, Guwahati on 24th September 2013.
    15. An Ethics for the Animals: Buddhists’ Worldview in the  UGC National Seminar on Buddhist Applied Philosophy at Centre for Mahayana Buddhist Studies, Acharyaya Nagarjuna University, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, from  30th to 31st January, 2014.
    16. Is Indian Philosophy Mystical in the National Seminar, Department of Philosophy, Assam University, Silchar from 26th – 28th March, 2015.
    17. Does Religion Depend upon Morality in the Associate’s seminar at IIAS, Shimla on 21st June, 2016.
    18. Do Animals have Moral Status? in the UGC sponsored National Seminar on Ethical Issues Concerning Life and Death at Dept. of Philosophy, Samsi College, Malda, from 23rd July to 24th July, 2016.
    19. Indian Philosophy and Mysticism: Some Observations in the National Seminar on Re-construction of Indian Philosophical Framework: Quest for Decoding Meaning at Goa University from 28th to 30th January, 2017.
    20. Applied Ethics and the Moral Status of Animals in the National Seminar on Contemporary Ethics: Theoretical, Practical and Methodological Disquiet Department of Philosophy, Singhbhum College, Chandil, Jharkhand from 6th  - 7th  February, 2017
    21. The Role of Philosophy of Religion in Religious Conflicts in the 91st Indian Philosophical Congress at Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Bhopal from 12th 14th February, 2017.
    22. Does Religion Give meaning to Life in the Associate’s seminar at IIAS, Shimla on 19th  June, 2017.

Resource Person in Refresher Course, Winter School and Periodical Lecture:

  1. Four Lectures in the Refresher Course on Environmental Ethics, Animal Ethics and Ecofeminism in the Department of Philosophy, jointly with ASC, at University of Allahabad from 15th - 17th March 2012.
  2. Vandana Shiva on Ecofeminism in the Refresher Course in Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy, Jadavpur University on 8th December, 2014.
  3. Two lectures on Practical Ethics, Animal Ethics and Ecofeminism in the Refresher Course in Philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at University of North Bengal on 3rd and 5th January 2015.
  4. ICPR’s Periodical Lecture on Why Be Moral at Department of Philosophy, Debra Thana Sahid Khudiram Smriti Mahavidyalaya, Pashchim Medinipur on 20th February 2015.
  5. Two lectures on Environmental Ethics and Ecofeminist Thought in the Refresher Course in Environmental Science at UGC’s human Resource Development Centre, University of North Bengal on 5th November 2015.
  6. Two lectures on Intrinsic value in Nature: the Value Objectivist’s Position and Environmental Holism in Hindu Philosophy and Culture in the Winter School in Culture, Value and Folklore at UGC’s Centre for Professional Development and Higher Education Development, (UGC-HRDC) Delhi University, on 4th March, 2016.
  7. Ecological Crisis and Ecofeminism in the Certificate Course in Centre for Womens’ Studies, University of North Bengal on 12th March, 2016..

Review and Critical Comments:

  1. Reviewed an article Morality and its Value in Human Being: An Indian Approach in a Volume consisting of the papers on Professor Raghunath Ghosh’s writings by Jahdeswar Ghosh, University of Gour Banga. (forth coming)
  2. Reviewed an article, An Acceptable Philosophical Approach Towards Environment in Jadavpur Journal of Philosophy, Jadavpur University, 2014.

Participation in Refresher Course/ Workshop:

  1. UGC- ASC, sponsored 17th Refresher Course in Cotemporary Philosophy: East and West atDept. of Philosophy, University of Calcutta from 17th Nov- 6th Dec.2008.
  2. UGC- ASC, sponsored Refresher Course in Applied Ethics at Dept of Philosophy, Jadavpur University from 24th Aug. -12th Sep.2009.
  3. ICPR sponsored ten days National Workshop on Advaitasiddhi at Academic Centre of ICPR, Lucknow, from 13th to 22nd July 2015.

Innovations/Contributions to Teaching:

  1. Guiding students for NET and SLET in Philosophy as per as the direction of UGC in the Net Coaching Centre, NBU from 2008 onwards.
  2. Involved in updating of subject content from time to time and course improvement in terms of syllabi in P.G., M.Phil and PhD Course Work.
  3. Associated with Distance Education Programme at NBU, participating in paper-setting, script and assignment examining, Scrutinizing and taking classes in the PCP for P.G. and Bridge Course students, from 2008 onwards.
  4. Guiding students for Remedial Coaching in Philosophy as per as the direction of UGC’s Remedial Coaching Centre, NBU, from 2008 onwards.
  5. Deeply involved in updating subject content and subject improvement and curriculum in the graduate level.

Membership of Learned Societies and / or Professional Bodies:

  1. Life member of the Journal of ICPR, New Delhi.
  2. Enlisted under the scheme of Dissemination of Knowledge of ICPR, New Delhi.
  3. Life member of Indian Philosophical Congress.
  4. Member, Afro-Asian Philosophical Congress
  5. Member, Book Club, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla

Officer-in-Charge of:

  1. M.A. - I & II, Examination, 2007
  2. U.G. Bridge course Examination under distance mode 2008.
  3. M.A. – 2nd & 4th Semester, Examination in Philosophy, July 2010, 2011, 2013
  4. M.A. – 2nd & 4th Semester, Examination in English, Bengali, History, Sanskrit of the Constituent Colleges under NBU in July 2011, July 2012, July 2013, July 2014 and July 2015
  5. M. Ed. – 2nd Semester, Examination of the Constituent College under NBU from 2nd to 23rd September 2011.
  6. M.A. – 1st & 3rd Semester, Examination in English, Bengali, History, Sanskrit of the Constituent Colleges under NBU in January and July 2012, January, and July 2013, January, and July 2014 and January, and July 2015.

Seminars/Refresher Courses Coordinated:

  1. UGC sponsored one day Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Applied Ethics on 20th August 2010, in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal.
  2. National Seminar on The Postmodern Paradigms in Philosophy from 13th to 14th February, 2014, in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal sponsored by SAP (DRS-II) of UGC.
  3. National Seminar on Philosophy of Religion: Conflicts and Perspectives from 27th to 29th November, 2014, in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of North Bengal sponsored by ICPR, New Delhi.
  4. World Philosophy Day, 2015 by ICPR, New Delhi and NBU on 1st December 2015.
  5. Jointly coordinated UGC-HRDC sponsored Refresher Course in Studies in Peace & Conflict, from 3rd to 23 rd January 2017 at University of North Bengal.

Central Observer and Member of the University Central Visiting Team:

  1. Member, University Central Visiting Team in connection with the UG, Honours Examination from 2010 onwards at

    • St Josheph College, Darjeeling
    • South Field College, Darjeeling
    • Mathabhanga College,
    • Dinhata College, Dinhata
    • Sukanta Mahavidyalaya, Dhupgudi, 
    • Falakata College, Falakata,
    • Kuersong College, Kuersong
    • Darjeeling and Darjeeling Govt. College and
    • University BT & Evening College, Coochbehar
  2. Central Observer in connection with the PG, Examination under Distance Mode from 2010 onwards at
    • Siliguri College
    • Kalimpong College,
    • Ghoom Joar Bangla College, Darjeeling 
    • Surya Sen College, Siliguri,
    • A. C. College of Commerce, Jalpaiguri,
    • Sukanta Mahavidyalaya, Dhupgudi, 
    • Falakata College, Falakata, 
    • University BT & Evening College, Coochbehar.
    • WBJEE 2009 at Siliguri Institute of Technology.
  3. External Examiner of:
    • M.Phil Dissertation on Cognitive Science in the Dept. of Philosophy, Jadavpur University on 18th August 2011.
    • M.Phil Admission Test in the Dept. of Philosophy, University of Gour Banga from 9th to 10th June 2015.

Administrative Experience:

Institutional governance and responsibilities:

  • Registrar, (Officiating), NBU from 5th July, 2017
  • Superintendent, Vidyasagar Hall of Residence, University of North Bengal 2008 onwards
  • Nodal Officer, Anti-Ragging Cell, University of North Bengal 2010-12
  • Convener, Anti-Ragging Squad, University of North Bengal 2010 onwards
  • Member, Anti-ragging Cell, University of North Bengal, 2008 onwards
  • Member, Committee for NAAC (Cycle-iii), University of North Bengal, 2016
  • Member, Election Commission for PG Students Union, NBU, 2016-17
  • Member, Hostel Admission Committee, University of North Bengal, 2008 onwards
  • Member, Sports Board, University of North Bengal 2008-12
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Computer Centre, University of North Bengal 2010-12
  • Member,  University Inspection Team for UG Colleges,  for Sidhu Kanhu College, Alipurduar, 2012

Management of the Department and institution:

  • Chairman, Under GraduateBoard of Studies in subject Music, University of North Bengal 2016-20
  • Member, Under GraduateBoard of Studies in Philosophy, University of North Bengal 2012 onwards
  • Member, Board of Research Studies in Philosophy, University of North Bengal 2010-16.
  • Member, P. G. Board of Studies in Philosophy, University of North Bengal, 2007 onwards.
  • Member, M. Phil Committee in Philosophy, University of North Bengal 2008 onwards.

Committees for student welfare:

  • Member, Students’ Grievance Cell, University of North Bengal 2012-14
  • Member, Cultural Committee, University of North Bengal, 2008-14
  • Member, Convocation Committee 2008 onwards
  • Member, University Golden Jubilee  (1962-2011) Committee
  • Chairman, Cultural Sub-committee, 22nd West Bengal State Science and Technology Congress, University of North Bengal, 2015
  • Chairman, Cultural Sub-committee, 46th Annual Convocation, University of North Bengal, 2016
  • Convener, Cultural Programme for NAAC (cycle-3) Peer Team Visit, 21-11-2016, University of North Bengal

Language Known:  Oriya, English, Bengali (reading, writing and speaking), and Hindi.

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Singing:
    • Participated and secured first runners-up in the Television Serial, SA RE GA MA PA, a singing talent competition in D.D-1 (Oriya) conducted by View TV from 6th - 16th May 2000 at Bhubaneswar.
    • Participated in the Television Serial, RAGA ANURAGA, a singing talent competition in E-TV Oriya on 8th March 2004 at Bhubaneswar.
  • Listening to music, reading newspapers, and magazines.

References:

  • Prof. Prodyot Kumar Mukhopadhyaya, (retd.) Dept. of Philosophy (CAS) Jadavpur University Kolkata-32
  • Prof. Shefali Moitra, (retd.) Dept. of Philosophy (CAS) Jadavpur University Kolkata-32
  • Prof. Ramesh Chandra Pradhan, Dept. of Philosophy, Central University of Hyderabad.
  • Prof. Lopamudra Choudhury, Dept. of Philosophy ,(CAS) Jadavpur University Kolkata-32