With the generous support of Shri Balvant K. Parekh, Chairman, Pidilite Industries and Parekh Marketing, Mumbai, the Forum on Contemporary Theory announces the setting up of a new Centre called “Balvant Parekh Centre for General Semantics and Other Human Sciences”


as a sister institution in the same premise at Siddhi Vinayak Complex behind Vadodara Railway Station on March 15, 2009. The Centre was inaugurated by Jeram Patel, a Distinguished Painter from Baroda.. The new Centre will have a more general orientation aimed at serving the common readers (both academicians and non-academicians) interested in practices of every-day life concerning their immediate needs, and also will focus on practical oriented areas in human sciences.


The new Centre will organize programs in General Semantics throughout the country for the benefit of both academics and non-academics. The Centre will work on the following priorities: Spread of General Semantics to various parts of the country conducting 3 – 4 workshops or certificate courses; forming of a library related to General Semantics and Other Human Sciences; bringing out a yearly journal of General Semantics; and publishing a monograph of the lecture by a distinguished scholar organized in Balvant Parekh’s name.

On this occasion, a Symposium was held on “Human Sciences” where distinguished scholars like Bharat Chattoo, Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University ; V. V. Modi, Former Professor of Microbiology and Biotechnology, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; Sitanshu Yashaschandra, Gujarati Poet and Retired Professor of Gujarati, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda; J. Birjepatil, Professor of English, Marlboro College, Vermont, USA; A. M. Shah, Former Professor of Sociology, University of Delhi; Thomas Pantham, Former Professor of Political Science, The Maharaja Sayajirao University; Ranjan Sengupta, Professor of Chemical Engineering, The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Kalpataru Kanungo, Professor Emeritus, Department of Bilingual and Environmental Sciences, State University of Connecticut, USA and Devkumar Trivedi, Former Finance Secretary, Government of Delhi have participated.


The Centre functioning under the Forum which was changed to “Centre for Contemporary Theory and General Semantics” is again reverted back, with the Consent of the Board Members of the Forum, to “Centre for Contemporary Theory.” Both the Centres will operate in the same premise.