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|BIO OF DR. ASHOK ARORA|
Dr Ashok Arora a teacher educator, for 20 years has done his masters in Psychology and PhD in Education. Currently he is a principal of a leading Teachers Training Institute in Delhi.
He is the chief of the Education Division of Bharat Soka Gakkai. Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) is the Indian affiliate of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a global association of grassroots organisations that seeks to promote the values of peace and respect for all people. At the core of the SGI’s movement for peace is the ideal of education for global citizenship. Through a wide range of activities, the SGI seeks to foster awareness of the social and environmental responsibilities we all share for the future of our planet. This is education in the broadest sense of the word, and it is not limited to classrooms or to any particular age group. Dr. Arora has initiated and contributed significantly in this endeavour.
He took lead, in an Innovative project in Education for encouraging the reading habit amongst children in MCD schools (catering to the education of the children of the marginalised section of the society ) for five years -a collaborative effort between the National Book Trust (NBT), MCD and BSG. It focussed on a novel method, devised to encourage reading habits among young students in Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools. The focus was not only to encourage reading but also develop human values such as Respect and Dignity of Life and environment .
Between August 2008 and January 2009, he initiated a series of workshops and film screenings in two of the premier schools in New Delhi, titled "Peace In Action" programs with the aim of sensitizing students to non-violence and equipping them with skills to deal with violence especially the problem of Bullying in school.
He has also been involved in other Humanitarian Activities with which the humanistic movement of SGI seeks to alleviate all forms of suffering. He was actively engaged in organising emergency relief activities nationwide, especially during the Orissa Cyclone during December 1999-January 2000.
Since the early 1980s, the SGI has sponsored exhibitions that have toured the world with a focus on nuclear disarmament, war and peace, children’s art and sustainable living. He has helped in organising these exhibitions in different schools of Delhi. These Exhibitions have been visited by more than lakh of students from different schools of Delhi. He has translated several books and these exhibitions in Hindi to bring them to the marginalised section of society .
Currently he is working towards taking these exhibitions to the government school children.