EINSTEIN BHAVAN AT
VISVA-BHARATI

Einstein Bhavan is conceived as a part of Visva-Bharati to work for the realisation of the ideas of two great huma­nists of the twentieth century- Albert einstein and Ra-bindranath taoore. Both shared the conviction about universality of knowledge in its infinite existence. Their undiminished faith in humanity and ever striving effort to gain knowledge is the legacy they have left for the future generation.

Gurudev Rabinranath Tagore established Visva-Bharati in Santiniketan in the year 1921 to give the world of know­ledge a universal abode overcoming the fragmentations and narrow confines of parochialism and ethnic prejudi­ces, breeding regional, racial, religious and other arro­gance. hi keeping with the traditions created by Visva-Bharati, Einstein Bhavan will strive for knowledge by discovering certain new fundamental dimensions to world humanity studies.

Both, Tagore's and Einstein's concept of universal know­ledge is embodied and accumulated in the experience of universal man. The reason behind the conflicts in the world is primarily related to the uneven sharing of the world of knowledge, earned by human experience but kept in selfish use by only few. The laws of physical reality reveal essentially simple harmony. The task is to deter­mine the immanent causal ratio or social reality and to lead it to a state of general harmony. The studies on humanity include all fields of knowledge. Even behind all graphs and numerical riddles of mathematics interests of humanity is working.

Einstein Bhavan will be a place where countries with their unique characters will add colour to the landscape, where Tagore himself was once active in blending multi-cultural complex of mankind.

Initiative fur Frieden - multiethnische-interkulturellen Verbindungen e.V. (IF-MTV e.V.) has taken the first step and proposed to establish Einstein Bhavan at Santiniketan with the co-operation of Visva-Bharati. It is readily accep­ted by Visva-Bharati. In the International Tagore Seminar organised in Berlin in August/September 1 996 an interna­tional body Tagore Einstein Council (TEC) emerged.

TEC is gradually taking a broad character. Scientists from all spheres, scholars of different disciplines, crea­tive cultural artists and active social personalities of international fame of different countries have already given their consent to join TEC.

Within this short period TEC has taken it's root in Japan and USA. On 30* August, 1997, the Prime Minister of India, Inder Kumar Gujral, laid the foundation stone of Einstein Bhavan in the presence of an august internatio­nal gathering from Japan, People's Republic of China, Germany, Bangladesh, USA, and other countries. An international colloquium with the topic "Universal man and universal knowledge - towards a vision for huma­nity" took place.

Today the dream initiated by the Berlin Tagore Seminar in 1996 has taken much greater dimension and with full co-operation of TEC and Visva-Bharati University the Project Einstein Bhavan, a centre for world humanity studies has already attracted scientists of eminence from different corner of the world.

Einstein Bhavan is born with a conception to bring the world of knowledge closer and to eradicate the distance between different countries of the world. Its historical relevance is to create a new attitude towards the world of knowledge and to make Einstein Bhavan a meeting place for that.

Based on the above idea Einstein Bhavan will have different centres and will work mainly as research body. It will bring promising young scholars from various states of India, and from different countries of the world. They will be engaged in determining the universality of know­ledge and striving together to create the basis for univer­sal man.