CALL FOR PAPERS – HMEC 2015. 10th Annual Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference (HMEC), October 2-4, 2015 in Trinidad & Tobago



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Guiding Team



Vipul Patel


Deoroop Teemal



Host (Trinidad and Tobago):

Pt. Amar Seepersad

Pta. Indrani Rampersad

Vimla Ramsumair

Omardath Maharaj

Dave Rampersad

Rayan Ramoutar

Naresh Bhagwansingh

Ashwinee Ragoonanan

Gopichan Ramnath

Kumar Mahabir

Arvind Singh

Pt. Bhadase Seetahal Maharaj


Abhaya Asthana

Amit Mehta

Hiranya Gowda

Kaushik Joshi

Surendra Pandey

Maithili Lee Bachu

Nangali S. Srinivasa

Navin Kadakia

Padma Kuppa

Ram Hardowar

Ram Suchdev

Ravi Joshi

Sanjay Mehta

Sant Gupta

Sharma Tadepalli

Sudershan Pasupuleti

Umesh Shukla


Hemant Parekh

Ami Patel

Budhendra Doobay

Roopnauth Sharma

Dwarka Persaud

Ramesh Gosyne

Ramnarine Sahadeo


10th Annual Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference HMEC 2015

Call For Papers and Participation

Enhancing Hindu Community Through Mandirs

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Namaste/Sita Ram


The  Program Committee  invites you to participate in the 10th Hindu Mandir Executives’ Conference 2015 (HMEC 2015), Oct 2-4, 2015 in Port of Spain, Trinidad bringing together, sants, sanyasis,  scholars  and mandir members across North America and the Caribbean.


Conference Theme:  Strengthening the Hindu Family.


Our ancestors advised:

Om samanee vah aakotih samaanaa hridayaani vah

samaanamastu vo mano yatha vah sushaasati


O Devotees, let your objects of life be the same, let your hearts and minds be united so that there may be an excellent common status of life for all  (Sanghatan Sukta, Rig Veda)


The Hindu Family is the building block on which Dharma and community rest, so a strong family makes for sustainable dharma and community both locally and globally. HMEC 2015 will deliberate on the sustenance of Hindu Dharma in America and the Caribbean, exploring ways for keeping the mandir relevant to the ever-changing needs of our community.


The Hindu Family identity and sustenance of dharma are challenged by the dilution of traditions and the growing divide across generations. Strong families ensure a well organized, dharmic, productive and harmonious society. Success will depend on the extent to which successive generations in the diaspora remain anchored in our timeless traditions while embracing the changing times.


Determining the direction of change, adaptation and sustenance of dharma requires our collective efforts by our major stakeholders like mandirs, teachers, sants and sanyasis, scholars, activists, practicing and non-practicing Hindus. HMEC 2015 provides the platform for these deliberations, strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.


We invite proposals for papers, panel discussions and workshops and any other suggested formats that address the issues identified in the list below.






Proposed sessions, topics include but not limited to:

Temples: Nucleus of the Community

  • Living as a Hindu: Hindu Life Style – Self Study, Yoga, Meditation
  • Community Needs: One place to go for social needs
  • Case Studies – success stories

Models of Engagement

  • Caribbean experience:  Keys to success & sustainability
  • Integrating adhyatma with practical living
  • Role of the Mother: Hindu Women’s Views on Family (Panel Discussion)
  • Things we can do locally/individually: Things we can do globally/collectively


  • Youth: Cultivating young Hindu Ambassadors
  • Respect for systematic education on Rituals


  • Metrics for success of temple operations: spiritual metrics, education programs
  • Media: Using media effectively to educate & communicate
  • Educating the Main Stream about Hindu Tradition and History

Project Updates:

  • Hindu Mandir Priest Conference May 2015
  • Regional HMEC

Parallel Sessions and Workshops

  • Family
  • Education – Youth & Adults
  • Temple Operations, Management  & Administration
  • Outreach to Surrounding Communities

Other ways to participate in HMEC 2014

  • Poster Sessions
  • Contribution of Articles and Abstracts to Mandir Vani (Conference Souvenir)
  • Booths – Limited to Promotion (and sale) of Hindu and Temple Centric Material

The Conference will comprise of inspiring talks, academic presentations and discussions. We will have ample opportunity of networking with our peers from other Hindu Temples,  develop long-lasting friendships and share common goals and aspirations for our future generations. There will be:

  • Keynote Addresses
  • Exhibitions


  • Plenary Sessions
  • Workshops


  • Panel Discussions
  • Poster Sessions
  • Parallel Tracks: Seva and Outreach, Education, Temple Operations, Youth Programs, Arts & Culture

We come together from many walks of life, bringing with us varied experiences and points of view. It is this diversity that makes these conferences as successful as they have been.


You are invited to offer your experience and wisdom in one or more of the following  areas, in the spirit of Yajna (for the benefit of all).

  • A youth speaker
  • A panelist
  • A speaker
  • A poster presenter
  • A session chair
  • An author
  • A sponsor
  • Workshop organizer


We come together as one family, to share and listen to each other’s stories, opinions and experiences. It is our hope that each  of us would implement several new concepts from this conference in advancing the growth of our respective temples. If you would like to contribute in any of the above roles please contact:


Dr. Indrani Rampersad


Trinidad & Tobago

Dr. Sharma Tadepalli



Ami Patel




We are confident that participating in this conference will be a rewarding experience for you and the local and global Hindu community. Thank you once again for your interest and we look forward to receiving your proposal/abstract by deadline date.

HMEC 2015 Program Committee




10th Annual HMEC 2015 – Call For Papers and Participation

Enhancing Hindu Community Through Mandirs

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SEND TO: Ami Patel


Conference Theme Strengthening the Hindu Family


To ensure the accuracy of spelling for printing and promotion, please fill out the form and return by 7/1/2015 to program co-chairs: or  or You will be informed by July 15, 2015 of acceptance of your paper for presentation and publication.


Note: This information will be read as part of the introduction at the event

*Name (First, Middle Initial, Last):

*Role :  Speaker/Panelist____  Session Chair _____

*Title of your Talk:


*Abstract for your Talk (about 250 words):








*Short Biography (used to introduce you) (Less than 50 words):







Phone  :                                                                Mobile Phone:

Your Email Address:

I give permission to the organizers to publish my paper in print and/or electronic form.



____________________________                                ___________________________

Signature                                                                                    Date


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II Narayanaya Namah, Namo Arihantaya, Buddham Sharanam Gachhami, Sat Sri Akal II

HMEC – Initiative of World Hindu Council of America (VHPA)