Bharatiya Vichara Kendra
Bharatiya Vichara Kendra is a centre of research and studies aimed at national re-construction. It is headquartered at Thiruvananthapuram. It was established by renowned writer, thinker, Hindutva ideologue and one of the first batch of RSS pracharaks P. Parameswaran. The Bharathiya Vichara Kendra has been registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Act, on 13 November 1991(Reg.No 905/91.Tvm). It was inaugurated by the nationalist ideologue and founder of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Sri Dattopantji Bapurao Thengdi, on Vijayadashami of 1982, at Thiruvannthapuram, with Parameswaran as its founder-director. It has at present, thirty functioning units in academically important centres of Kerala. It is affiliated with and supported by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and is dedicated to the cause of formulating and disseminating thoughts and ideas having a positive bearing on nation-building activities.
The organisation celebrated its silver jubilee on July 7, 2007.
The Vichara Kendram regularly organizes seminars and symposiums on various topics. Lectures by distinguished scholars and leaders are periodically organized on topics of regional and national importance. The important events organized by the Kendram include lecture series on the diverse streams of our freedom movement, seminar on 'Aryan Invasions - A Myth' An intensive course for students on Indian history, centenary celebration of Swami Vivekanandas Chicago address, two-day state-level seminar on the socio-economic and cultural history of Kerala named ‘Changing face of Kerala’; National seminars on uniform civil code, An exhibition and seminar in observance of the 20th anniversary of imposition of national emergency, the Kerala Sanskrit Sammelam; Nila Vichara Sathram-a seminar on the ecological and cultural history of Bharathapuzha; State level workshop in connection with the golden jubilee celebrations of Indian Independence, history congress on Kerala and freedom struggle and state level seminar on historiography and methodology. A national seminar on “Research for National Resurgence” was held on August 2003 as a fitting finale to the two decades of work of Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram in promoting a nascent scientific and socio-political culture relevant to our country. Vice Chancellors, Academicians and other resource personal from all over India attended the seminar. The seminar was cosponsored by national assessment and accreditation council (NAAC), University Grants Commission and various universities of Kerala.
Propagation of the Bhagavad-Gita
Vichara Kendram has taken the initiative to propagate Sanskrit, yoga and gita. Gita has been introduced as a panacea affecting the society especially to the youths. The Gita year celebrations were inaugurated in 1998,at the university senate hall, Thiruvananthapuram. More than 400 Bhagavad-Gita Gita Shibirs were organized in all over the state in which lakhs of youth attended.
Recognition and affiliations
[Maharshi Dayananda Saraswathi University], Formerly Ajmeer University, Rajasthan, has given recognition to Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram as a Research Centre affiliated to the University. The Centre will be known as “[Bharatheeya Institute for Advanced Research] and Development (BIARD)”. It has started functioning at Samskrithi Bhavan, GPO Lane, Thiruvananthapuram-1, on 28 April 2007.
The Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram and the BIAR has been approved as the study center by the IGNOU. The study centre was inaugurated by the vice chancellor of IGNOU, Dr. V.N Rajaseharan Pillai on 9 December 2007 at Samskrithi Bhavan Gpolane, Thiruvananthapuram currently the center offers MBA and MBF courses.
'Pragati’ is a quarterly research journal of BVK, started publication in 1979 and now publishing from Thiruvananthapuram as a bilingual research journal (English and Malayalam). Its editorial board consists of P. Parameswaran (Chief Editor), Dr. K. Jayaprasad (Editor).
Some Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram Publications
- P. Parameswaran-“Dharshana Samvadam”(1993)
- Arun Shourie-Shariat Adhunika Samoohathil (1986)
- G.Venkataraman “Sir.C.V Raman”(1986)
- Keralavum Swathantrya Samaravum (1986)
- Balan Vadasseri-Geetha Prabhavam
- Dr.K.Jayaprasad and Dr.C.I Issac “Keralathile Sarvakalasala Vidhyabhyasam”(2002)
- Dr.K.Jayaprasad “Deshiya Vidhyabhyasam”(2004)
- National Resurgence (compiled)-2004
- Bhagavad Gita and Modern Problems(compiled)-2000
- G.K Suresh Babu “Aagola Bheekara Vadam”(2003)
- Dr.C.V Jayamany “Bhagavad Gita and Management (2007)
- P.Parameswaran “Vivekanandanum Marx”(2005)
- “Eethanme Samsayam Krishna”(compiled) 2003
- P.Parameswaran “Yajna Prasadam”
- P.Parameswaran “Uddharedhathmanathmanam”
- Arun Shourie “Eminent Historians-how Eminent They are (1999)
- P.Narayanakurup-“Vedagalile Rastra Geetham”(2005)
- Sri.Guruji-“Swami Vivekanandan”(2007)