Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Jain Research Center and University

Sri Jain Shwetambar Khartar Gachchh Sangh have decided to start a Jain University in Jaipur. We are working on the project and a vision document is prepared. We are in process of drafting a project report. We are looking for a suitable land required to start a full fledged University.

We have already started a Jain Research Center at Sri Vichakshan Bhawan, MSB Ka Rasta, Johri Bazar. Initially we have started Jain and Prakrit language classes. Dr. Tara Daga, an eminent Prakrit scholar is appointed to take the classes. It is important to know that all Jain Agams are written in various Prakrit languages. Approximately 25 students have registered their names so far and attending the class.

We are providing scholarships to scholars pursuing their doctoral program. MS. Reena Baid is about to get her Ph.D degree. She is also working on a sponsored project on Shwetambar Jain temples in Jaipur.

Dr. Hemlata Chatar, a Ph.D in environment sciences has decided to pursue her post doctoral studies. She will work on the topic "Jainism and environment".

We also provide free food and accommodation facilities to foreign scholars visiting Jaipur working on Jainism. Large numbers of foreign scholars have visited our research center and library. It is worth mention that the Sangh has been running a Jain library that contains large numbers of Jain books.

Eminent Jain scholars likes of Sri Surendra Bothra, Dr. Sagarmal Jain, Dr. Premsuman Jain, Prof. John Cort, Prof. L. A.  Babb, Prof. Brian Brazeal, and many others are associated with us in the Jain research center.

Jyoti Kothari


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