SMVDU, Katra, 1stJune, 18. A Two Day National Seminar on “Socio-Cultural Impact of Adi Shankaracharya: A Historical Perspective” jointly organized by Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), New Delhi, in collaboration with the School of Philosophy & Culture (SoPC) from 01 June to 02 June 2018 begins at SMVD University. The Chief Guest of the inaugural function was Prof. Nirmal Singh, Speaker, Jammu & Kashmir Legislative Assembly. In his speech, Dr. Singh explained the relevance of Shankaracharya in the present perspective. The Chairperson of the session was Dr. Sanjeev Jain, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SMVD University who highlighted the importance of Vedic studies in the contemporary world. In the key note addresses, Prof. Rajneesh Kumar Shukla, Member Secretary ICHR and Dr. Balmukund Pandey, Organizing Secretary Akhil Bhartiya Itihaas Sankalan Yojana stressed on the need to demystify Indian history and authenticate findings, which has flecked the greatness of our glorious past including Shakaracharya’s contribution. In addition to this, Prof Arvind P. Jamkhedkar, Chairman ICHR equated Shakaracharya’s reputation with Immanuel Kant in the West. Prof. Baidyanath Labh, Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Jammu, and academic advisor of the seminar, was also present during the inaugural session. Dr. Anil K. Tewari, Head SoPC delivered the vote of thanks to organizers and participants. In this seminar, participants from all over the country will deliberate and discuss on social and cultural issues pertinent to philosophical findings of Adi Shankaracharya in the coming days. The valedictory session of the Seminar is scheduled in the evening session of 02 June 2018.