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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2017 Peace Proposal Held in Jaipur

The first peace symposium of this year was held in Jaipur on the 29th July 2017 based on Ikeda Sensei’s Peace Proposal for 2017.

The symposium was held in Tagore Public School, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur, and was attended by around 900 members and guests.

To discuss the peace proposal the eminent speakers at the symposium were Mr. Manoj Bhatt, Director General of Police, Rajasthan, well-known Child Psychologist Ms. Nisha Jain Grover, and Eminent Writer Ms. Dharmendar Kanwar.

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‘Seeds of Hope’ Exhibition held in Lucknow

The second exhibition of this year, ‘Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change’, was inaugurated at La Martiniere Girls College, Lucknow on the 18th of April 2017.

Prof. S.K. Barik, Director CSIR – National Botanical Research Institute and Prof. Sushil Kumar, Head, Deptt of Business Sustainability, IIM Lucknow, inaugurated the exhibition.

In his keynote address Prof S.K. Barik, who was also the Chief Guest for the occasion, said, “Poverty is that crucial factor that blocks the spread of peace and social justice. Poverty alleviation is therefore the most important responsibility before us. Each of us should confront this misery head on in order to establish an interconnectedness with all life. This way we will ensure sustainable development and peaceful environment management. I see the Seeds of Hope Exhibition as very pertinent in the current context”. Prof Barik also mentioned that he was deeply moved to see the smiling faces of the of BSG members and praised the members for their efforts.

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‘Seeds of Hope’ Exhibition inaugurated in Guwahati

The first exhibition of this year, ‘Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change’, was inaugurated in Guwahati on the 3rd of February 2017. The exhibition will be held in 4 venues till 12th February 2017.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, inaugurated the exhibition at ITA Pragjyota Centre For Performing Arts Machknowa. Also present were Mr. V.K. Pepersenia; Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam and Dr. Dhruba J Saikia, Vice-Chancellor, Cotton College State University.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said, “Seeds of Hope’ intends to create a value-based society. In order to do so, we must devote every moment of our life to society. There are many challenges ahead and BSG members must come forward and lead the change. Life is very short and we must dedicate our life for the good of society. Only when we act can we achieve our goal.

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BSG participates in Workshop on ‘Celebrating Innovation in Health and Sustainable Development’

BSG participated in Workshop on ‘Celebrating Innovation in Health and Sustainable Development’ organized by Xavier Council of Innovation (XCI) and Xavier University Bhubaneswar (XUB) in Collaboration with Planning & Convergence Department Govt. of Odisha on January 04 – 05, 2017 at Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB), Bhubaneshwar.

The workshop was organized to create a platform for celebrating innovation in the field of health and sustainable development and promote a culture of innovation at team, organizational and community level.

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 Peace Proposal Held in Bengaluru

The last peace symposium of this year was held in Bengaluru on the 21st October 2016 based on President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2016.

The symposium was held in collaboration with IIM-Bangalore and was attended by around 350 members and guests.

To discuss the peace proposal, the eminent speakers at the symposium were Dr. Smita Srinivas, Head, School of Economic Development at the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, Dr. Corinne Kumar, Founder, World Courts of Women, and Prof. Ramnath Narayanswamy , Professor, Economics and Social Sciences, IIM-Bangalore.

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 Peace Proposal Held in Thiruvananthapuram

The sixth peace symposium of this year was held in Thiruvananthapuram on 24th September 2016 based on President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2016.

The symposium was held in Gandhi Bhavan and was attended by around 85 members and guests.

To discuss the peace proposal, the eminent speakers at the symposium were Dr. T.P. Sreenivasan, Former Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Washington, United States of America, Prof. N. Radhakrishnan, Founder, Ikeda Center of Value Creation, Thiruvananthapuram, Advocate V. S. Hareendranath, Former Member of Public Service Commission, Prof. N. Gopalakrishnan Nair, Former Principal NSS College, Chertalai, & Chairman Kerala Harijan Sevak Sangh and Mr. N. Bhaskaran Nair, Chairman, Theosophical Society of India.

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 Peace Proposal Held in New Delhi

The fifth peace symposium of this year was held in New Delhi on the 9th September 2016 based on President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2016.

The symposium was well received and was attended by around 450 members, guests & VIPs. There were also student guests from leading educational institutions in attendance.

To discuss the peace proposal, the eminent speakers at the symposium were Justice K.G. Balakrishnan, Former Chief Justice of India and Former Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of India, Mr. H.K. Dua, Former Chief Editor, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and The Tribune, former Member of the Rajya Sabha and Padma Bhushan Awardee and Mr Nitin Desai, Former Under-Secretary General (Economic and Social Affairs), United Nations.

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 Peace Proposal Held at Mumbai

The fourth peace symposium of this year was held in Mumbai on the 27th of August based on President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2016.

The symposium which was held in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), was widely appreciated and was attended by around 450 members, guests & VIPs. There were also student guests from various leading educational institutions in attendance.

To discuss the main points, the eminent speakers were Mr. Prakash Shah, India’s Former Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Former Ambassador to Japan, Dr. Ajit Ranade, Chief Economist to the Aditya Birla Group, Ms. Shaheen Mistri, Founder and CEO, ‘Teach for India’ and Professor K.M. Parivelan, Chairperson and Associate Professor at the Nodal Centre for Human Rights Education, School for Legal Rights and Constitutional Governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 Peace Proposal Held at Kolkata

The third peace symposium of this year was held in Kolkata on the 19th of August based on President Ikeda Peace’s Proposal for 2016.

The symposium was a huge success and was attended by around 400 members, guests & VIPs.

Discussing the main points of the proposal were eminent speakers: General Shankar Roy Choudhuri, PVSM, ADC, Former Chief of Army Staff, Ex Rajya Sabha Member, Mr Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, IAS, Departments of Information and Cultural Affairs, Government of West Bengal, Ms. Sujata Sen, CEO, Future Hope and Former Director, East India, British Council and Dr. Kunal Sarkar, Eminent Surgeon.

All the speakers came from different backgrounds and offered fresh perspectives on the Peace proposal. They also lauded BSG for organizing a such an event against the backdrop of violence and unrest worldwide.

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Seeds of Hope Exhibition held in Conjunction with XUB Sustainability Summit – 2016

The Sustainability Summit is an annual event organized by the Xavier School of Sustainability (XUB). This year, the 2nd annual XUB Sustainability Summit – 2016 was held at XIMB campus and XUB Xavier City Jatni campus, during August 11-13, 2016. The theme of this year’s summit was Energy, Peace and Global Governance.

With 156 speakers and delegates, the 2nd Annual XSoS Sustainability Summit 2016 was inaugurated on 12th August, 2016, at Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. His Excellency Dr. S. C. Jamir, Hon’ble Governor of Odisha, inaugurated the summit and presided over the event as the Chief Guest. The other distinguished personalities who graced the occasion were Shri. Upendra Tripathy, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India, Mr. Anup Sahay, Chief, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Tata Steel, Mr. P S Narayan, VP & Head, Sustainability, WIPRO and Ms. YumiBae, Chief, Field Office, UNICEF, Bhubaneswar.

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Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World Exhibition at Green Fields School, New Delhi

Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) organized the exhibition, ‘Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World’ in collaboration with the Green Field School, Safdarjung Enclave, at latter’s premises on August 5-6, 2016.

The exhibition that has been shown in many countries over several years, has impactful panels such as ‘The United Nations and the Culture of Peace’, ‘Paths to Peace’, ‘Community’, ‘Disarmament’, ‘Heroes of Peace’, and many more. It brings together the ideas of thousands of people and organizations dedicated to finding a path to lasting peace in daily life.

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 peace proposal held at Hyderabad

The second peace symposium of this year was held in Hyderabad on the 23rd of July based on SGI President Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2016.

This was the first time that a Peace Symposium was held in the city of Hyderabad.

The symposium was a huge success and was attended by over 200 members, guests & VIPs. The event was held in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTU) and the Environment Protection Training and Research Institute (EPTRI).

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Symposium on Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2016 peace proposal held at Chennai

Bharat Soka Gakkai organised its first peace symposium of this year in Chennai on the 6th of July based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda’s Peace Proposal for 2016, titled “Universal Respect for Human Dignity: The Great Path to Peace”.

The symposium was attended by over 600 guests & VIPs.

There were three speakers – Dr G.Viswanathan, Founder and Chancellor of VIT University, Dr D. Viswanathan, Former Vice Chancellor of Anna University and Dr Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai.

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“Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy Of Building Peace” Exhibition Held at the ASN School, New Delhi

ASN School in Mayur Vihar-I, New Delhi hosted the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: Building a Legacy of Peace exhibition in association with Bharat Soka Gakkai, from 21-23 April. This is an international exhibition put together by the Morehouse College, USA.

Indian freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi, American civil rights advocate Martin Luther King Jr., and Buddhist philosopher, educator and author Daisaku Ikeda — three men from three different cultures and continents, have followed a common path of profound dedication and achievement in improving the lives of all people. The exhibition conveys the ideals and principles that these giants of the 20th century, lived by and propagated.

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“Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy Of Building Peace” Exhibition Held At Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal

The two-day long exhibition titled “Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace” was inaugurated on 26th February 2016 at Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal. This exhibition was held in conjunction with an International Conference on Life Skills Education on 26th and 27th February 2016 held at the same venue. The exhibition received great reception and enthusiastic participation from one and all. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Keith Falconer, Venture Capitalist, Hong Kong, along with Shri Hari Mohan Gupta, Chancellor of Jagran Lakecity University.

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition held in Don Bosco School, Panjim, Goa.

The Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps towards Change, exhibition was held from 11-13th February 2016 at Don Bosco School, Panjim, Goa.

The Panel of guests at the opening ceremony consisted of the Vice Chancellor of Goa University, Dr Satish Shetye, Chief Guest Professor Edgar Ribeiro (Head of Task force for Regional plan of Goa), Dr M. Srikanth (Associate Dean International Programs and Collaborations, BITS Pilani) and Dr Subodh Kerkar (Renowned Installation artist).

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Barkatullah University Confers Honorary Doctorate on President Ikeda in Japan

On 22 January 2016, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda was conferred the Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) by Bhopal’s Barkatullah University. The conferral took place at the Central Tower of Soka University in Japan. The award was conferred by the Vice Chancellor of Barkatullah University, Prof. M.D. Tiwari, who had come to Japan especially for this occasion.

The conferral of the honorary doctorate, announced earlier in September 2015, comes in recognition of President Ikeda’s outstanding contri­bution to world peace and the development of education and culture.

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BSG participates in SACH Bharat Conference

Renewing its commitment to establish a value-based society, BSG chose to join the SACH Bharat Conference held in the Capital over December 22-23, 2015

BSG Chairperson Vishesh Gupta was invited to speak on ‘Minimum Governance, Maximum Self-governance’ at this conference that focussed on spirituality and work. Organised by ASSOCHAM and supported by the SREI Foundation and the Times Foundation, the conference had Indian and international speakers from all walks of life.

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Jagran Lakecity University, Bhopal confers Honorary Doctorate on President Daisaku Ikeda

Jagran Lakecity University (JLU), Bhopal, conferred the Honorary Doctorate Humane Letters (Humanity and Arts) to Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist philosopher and President, Soka Gakkai International (SGI).

The award was conferred in recognition of President Ikeda’s untiring pursuit of peace and love for humanity and accepted on his behalf by Soka Gakkai President, Minoru Harada.

The citation expressed appreciation for President Ikeda’s 2015 Peace Proposal and his emphasis on dialogue across differences for the sake of mutual co-existence as well as the self-directed transformation within the individual that leads to social transformation.

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BSG Education Division Seminar on ‘Education for Nurturing Humanity’ at Jamia Millia Islamia

At the invitation of the Department of Education of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, BSG’s Education Division organised a symposium on Soka Education for their faculty, postgraduate and undergraduate students and research scholars on 11 August 2015.

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Seeds of Change exhibition at JBM Global School receives an enthusiastic response

The three-day long ‘Seeds of Change’ exhibition held at JBM Global School, Noida-Expressway, on 15th, 16th and 18th May 2015, received a great reception and enthusiastic participation from one and all.

Speaking on the occasion, the administrative head of JBM Global School, Dr. (Mrs.) Seema Bhandari said, “The thought behind the panels is mystically very much in sync with our school’ endeavor of Greenofest that was conceptualized in 2008, and moves around sustainability and preservation of the Mother Nature.” She also emphasized on the fact that even if 10 percent of the children could change their heart and develop a clear understanding towards the theme of this exhibition then, “I will be very happy because that way, they will be taking home something for life.”

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition held in Mayoor School, Noida

BSG and Mayoor School, Greater Noida Express Way, Sector 126, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, jointly organised a two-day Seeds of Hope (SOH) exhibition from 22 to 23 April 2015.

The principal of the school, Ms. Sarita Madhok said she’s very glad that her school organised this exhibition. The exhibition was scheduled to open so that it can coincide with the Earth Day, as it’s the tradition with Environment club of the school to conduct environment related activities to celebrate it.

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“Madurai Institute of Social Sciences confers Honorary Professorship on President Ikeda”

The Madurai Institute of Social Sciences (MISS) awarded the title of Honorary Professor in Social Sciences to SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, founder of Soka University, “for his outstanding and valuable contribution for the cause of world peace”, on 18 April 2015.

Prolonged applause and loud cheers followed the announcement of the award at the ceremony held in the Dharmalakshmi Auditorium cum Stadium on the MISS campus. Dr. Akash Ouchi, BSG’s honorary deputy chairperson, Ms. Bharati Ramachandran, BSG’s director and all-India deputy WD chief, and Mr. S. Seshadri, BSG’s general area chief of Tamil Nadu-Kerala General Area, accepted the award on behalf of Dr. Ikeda from Dr. (Capt) D.V.P. Raja, founder and chairman of MISS.

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition held in ASN School, New Delhi

Bharat Soka Gakkai and ASN Senior Secondary School, Mayur Vihar-1 Extension, New Delhi together organised a three-day Seeds of Hope (SOH) exhibition from 9 to 11 April 2015.

Mr. Rajender Singh (Winner of Stockholm Water prize 2015 and Ramon Magsaysay 2001 awardee) inaugurated the exhibition and took the audience (including school children) through a visual presentation recording his team’s work in various villages of Rajasthan on water harvesting and conservation over 30 years. He said, “It takes only one individual to stand up and make a difference,” and advised the children that “once you have made a vow to bring about a change, work on it to the end.”

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“Ramachandran-Ikeda Award Conferred on Raha Naba Kumar in New Delhi”

THE RAMACHANDRAN-IKEDA Award for 2014 was conferred on Mr. Raha Naba Kumar, director of the Gandhi Ashram Trust, Noakhali, Bangladesh, on 12 March 2015 at a lively award ceremony at the Gandhi Peace Foundation in New Delhi. Mr. Naba Kumar is the seventh recipient of this award, which consists of Rs. 50,000 cash and a citation in recognition of his significant contributions in the areas of nonviolence, human rights, education, peace and social service.

Presenting the award, the chief guest, Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar, former ambassador and currently secretary of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, quoted a popular Urdu sher by Majrooh Sultanpuri to emphasise that the courage of one individual can change the course of history: “Main akelaa hi chalaa tha jaanib-e-manzil, magar / log saath aate gaye aur kaarvan bantaa gayaa.”
Accepting the award, Mr. Naba Kumar said, “I am a practitioner, I work in the field, I’m not very interested in theory. I have seen the spirit of youth at work in different areas, different places.” Mr. Naba Kumar’s wife, Tandra, received sustained applause for standing by her husband when he decided to leave his well-paid job and work with the Trust.

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“”Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World” Exhibition at Blue Bells School, New Delhi

On 20th and 21st of February 2015, Bharat Soka Gakkai brought the ‘Building a Culture of Peace for the Children of the World’ exhibition to Bluebells School International. The two day long exhibition was a culmination of the desire of a teacher who wished to inculcate the importance of peace in her community beginning with her students.

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition, Jammu

The Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps towards Change exhibition was inaugurated on 7th February, 4 pm at Kala Kendra, Jammu by First Lady Mrs. Usha Vohra, wife of Hon’ble Governor of Jammu and Kashmir N. N Vohra. Prof. R.D. Sharma , Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu was the Guest of Honor. The inaugural function was attended by dignitaries including chairman WWF Jammu, Mr. CM Seth (who was also the guest speaker), Mr. Soujanya Sharma, Director Information J&K, and Principals of various schools.

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition, Meerut

The Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps towards Change exhibition was inaugurated in a joyful atmosphere on 17 January 2015 at the Vidya Knowledge Park on Baghpat Road in Meerut in the presence of several educators and public figures.

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition Inspires Students at JMC, New Delhi

BSG and the Green Society of Jesus & Mary College in New Delhi JMC jointly organised a two-day exhibition of Seeds of Hope on the JMC campus on 8 January 2015. The JMC principal, Sister (Dr.) Marina John, inaugurated the exhibition by lighting the auspicious diya and said, “I am extremely happy to participate in this noble undertaking through our Green Society collaborating with SGI.”

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“Seeds of Hope” Exhibition, Ranchi

BSG Ranchi hosted the Exhibition: Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change, from 14th to 20th December at the Recreation Club at Gandhinagar, C.C.L., Ranchi.

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GKI Exhibition Inspires Students of Montfort School, Ashok Vihar, Delhi

On being impressed by the conduct of the Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) volunteers–their smiling demeanour, their warmth and their discipline held at the peace symposium held in Delhi in September this year. The principal of the school invited BSG members to organize the ‘Gandhi King Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace’ Exhibition together with Montfort School, Ashok Vihar on 5th and 6th December, 2014 in the school premises.

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Education is the key for empowerment

The ‘Peace Proposal Symposium held on 27th November 2014 at F50 hall of the Madras University was witnessed by around 300 people who expressed it as ‘an extremely rare event’.

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Resilience is deeply rooted in humanity

In collaboration with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), BSG organised a symposium on SGI President Ikeda’s peace proposal for 2014—Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies—in the Hall of Culture at the Nehru Centre at Worli in Mumbai on 14 November 2014.

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The power of one will empower many

The exhibition ‘Seeds of Hope – Visions of Sustainability, steps toward change’ was inaugurated in Bhopal, at Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology on October 12, 2014.

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Resilience creates hope for the future

A peace symposium was held on October 11, 2014, at the Alliance Francaise in Bengaluru, centering around the 2014 Peace Proposal submitted by Dr Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International, to the United Nations. The 2014 Peace Proposal is titled Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies.

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University of the East in the Philippines Presents Honorary Doctorate to SGI President Ikeda

University of the East (UE) presented SGI President Daisaku Ikeda with the degree of Doctor of Humanities,honoris causa, at a ceremony on the Manila campus, on September 30, 2014. Mr. Ikeda was recognized for his steady efforts to open a path to global harmony and peace.

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352nd Academic Honor Conferred upon SGI President Daisaku Ikeda

The S.F. Gogolev Yakutsk Teacher-training College (YTTC) in the Sakha Republic, Russia, presented Daisaku Ikeda, SGI president, with an honorary professorship for his longstanding contributions to the cause of lasting world peace. The conferral took place on September 16, 2014, on the college campus in Yakutsk, coinciding with the college’s centennial celebrations.

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Striking a novel path to peace

Aiming to work for a culture of peace, a symposium was held in the capital on September 9, 2014. Titled ‘Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies’,  the symposium focused on Soka Gakkai International President, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda’s 2014 peace proposal on the same subject.

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Seven-Day Leadership Course Based on President Ikeda’s Teachings

The S.N. Sinha Institute of Business Management in Ranchi, Jharkhand, in collaboration with Soka Gakkai International, organised a one-week course from 2 September on ‘International Youth Leadership and Global Peace’. The course was based on the teachings of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda.

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Resilience empowers a person

BSG Kolkata held a peace symposium on August 30, 2014 on Dr Daisaku Ikeda’s 2014 peace proposal titled Value Creation for Global Change: Building Resilient and Sustainable Societies, at Kala Kunj. The panel consisted of 3 Speakers – Prof Malabika Sarkar, Former Vice Chancellor, Presidency University, Kolkata, Prof Sujit K. Basu, Former Vice Chancellor, Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan and Justice Altamas Kabir—Former Chief Justice of India along with Mr. Indranath Chowdury, Director General, Bharat Soka Gakkai and Ms. Naveena Reddy, Head-External Relations and Honorary Deputy Chairperson – Bharat Soka Gakkai.

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‘SEEDS OF HOPE’ IN MUMBAI INSPIRES CONCRETE STEPS TOWARDS CHANGE

BSG was invited by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) to participate in the conference organized by them at The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, on 12 June 2014 and put up the exhibition Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change as part of the event. GRI felt Seeds of Hope would be a source of encouragement to the 180 delegates from India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Bhutan who would attend the conference.

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