The Indian Association of Health, Research and Welfare (Regd.) founded in 2010, is the association of psychology and social sciences researchers, psychologists, health practitioners, and volunteers for promotion of health, quality of research and welfare programs for individual and the society. IAHRW started its activities with the publication of two research journals, and a theme-based magazine PsyInsight in 2010. Currently, IAHRW is publishing 6 national and international journals, viz., Indian Journal of Health and Wellbeing, Indian Journal of Positive Psychology, International Journal of Education and Management Studies, IAHRW International Journal of Social Sciences Review, International Journal of Literary Studies, and International Journal of Science, Engineering and Computer Technology, magazine, publishes books, and organizes annual international conference ICPAS (www.icpas.in), workshops, and health awareness programs. All these journals are indexed in national and international indexing agencies. We have organized around 40 national seminars/workshops in different states e.g. Delhi-NCR, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, and Bihar.
International Conference on Psychology and Allied Sciences (ICPAS) is our international conference. The main focus of ICPAS is to promote positive psychology particularly in the context of Indian and belief system. The first two ICAPS were organized at GuruJambheshwar University of Science & Technology, GJUS&T, Hisar, Haryana, and were sponsored by thestate university. The Vice-Chancellor Dr M.L. Ranga was the chief guest during the conference. Therewere around 350 and 400 participants from India and abroad in 1st and 2nd ICPAS respectively. The 3rd ICPAS was organized at Amity University, Noida in 2016, and was sponsored by Ministry of Social Justiceand Empowerment, New Delhi and Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. The 4th ICPAS was organized in collaboration with Mahatma Gandhi Anterrastriya Hindi Visvdiyalaya, Wardha, Maharashtra and Carmel College for Women, Goa. The conference was sponsored by Indian Council for Medical Research. Indian Council for Social Sciences Research (ICSSR), Rehabilitation Council of India (New Delhi) in association with several education and health care partners.
The theme of the 5th ICPAS is “VasudhaivKutumbakm: A Global Perspective on Wellbeing”. The Indian notion of VasudhaivKutumbakm teaches us to treat the whole world as one family so as to inculcate the understanding that the whole of humanity is one family. The first word in this phrase – Vasudhaiva-- is made up of three Sanskrit words -- Vasudha, Eva, and Kutumbakm. Vasudha means the earth, Eva means to emphasize and Kutumbakm means a family. The whole phrase, then, means that the whole earth is one complete family. In Ancient India, sages of the Vedas and Upanishads, the Mystics, and the Buddhists dreamt of uniting all the people of the world in a common thread of mutual love, trust, and friendship. They attained this to a great extent. This they did only through Yoga and Meditation. Today the world is on the verge of total destruction. Every country in the world, in the name of peace and self-defense, is accumulating weapons of mass destruction. Humanity is getting devastated at all spheres of family, i.e., at home, community, country and global level. People at all these levels (of a family) are creating conditions for living which lead to illness, diseases, violence, and terrorism. And by this, we are disrupting the family wellbeing from a single family to the global family. Humanity can be saved only when we take the world as a family and exhibit the qualities of love, compassion, contentment, happiness, joy, resilience, forgiveness, truthfulness, optimism, sacrifice, service to the community, and live in peace. Peace must begin with the individual, move on to the house, on to the society and then the world. Achieving global peace can begin only when each individual first attains inner peace. Keeping all this in mind, the current conference was proposed on this theme and following sub-themes