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Volume 71, Issue 148, Thursday, July 6, 2006


Group set to make WAVES

Cougar News Staff

The World Association for Vedic Studies will host its sixth Biennial International Conference from Saturday to Monday in the University Center.

The principle objective of the conference is to promote the understanding of the Vedic message of harmony and peace in the world, event coordinator Subhash Gupta said.

The conference will feature public lectures, panel discussions and paper reading sessions, audio/video exhibits, a youth conference, a symposium on Indian studies and a banquet. 

Several ambassadors of India will also attend. Topics discussed will range from the role of religion in modern conflicts to the environment, Gupta said.

Numerous scholars will attend the 2006 WAVES International Conference from all parts of the world. More than 1,000 people from all walks of life are expected to take part in this year°Øs conference, Gupta said.

WAVES is a multidisciplinary, non-religious academic society. Its membership is open to all, regardless of ethnicity, religion or background. 

WAVES was formed in 1996 in by a group of academics with the principal aim of promoting Vedic and ancient Indian studies in all their forms. 

This weekend marks the first time the conference will be held in Houston. Attendees for previous conferences have come from all over the world, including Australia, Austria, Bali, Belgium, Canada, China and Germany.

Registration is required to attend the conference. Participation in the three-day conference costs $175 and includes a one-year membership. Students receive a discounted rate of $50 for the entire conference.

One-day participation, including meals, is $100.

For more information about WAVES or to register, visit or call (281) 879-6395.

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