As a University for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions, Chinmaya University aims to create an academic platform that bridges Indian Knowledge Traditions (IKT) with current-day applications in every sphere in society. The university will exceed excellence in higher learning and research with the objective of exploring, conserving and sharing the contemporary relevance of Indian cultural heritage and IKT. The university aims to integrate the best practices of modern pedagogical advances with the beauty of traditional Gurukula model of learning and prepare students to address contemporary challenges, inspiring them to leave a positive impact on the world as confident and cultured contributors to society.
Ancient Indian culture has a very rich heritage of knowledge in literally all aspects of life. Entrenched in the uniquely precise language of Sanskrit, this knowledge bank covers various streams including the sciences, the arts, economics, politics, philosophy, psychology and even organisational leadership; in fact, no field of human endeavour remains untouched by this vast treasury of wisdom.
It is an unfortunate reality, however, that such an impressive body of well-tested knowledge has been ‘obscured’ from society, particularly in terms of its application potential, through the passage of time. Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth aims to reverse that trend by cultivating scholarship designed to rediscover, revive and restore such knowledge to its rightful place in our collective mind, in an innovative and practical manner that also enables this intellectual capital to grow and find new expression in the modern-day context.
Concretely, the university seeks to incrementally offer a wide range of programmes in the discipline of Sanskrit and Indic traditions, extending to even the performing arts, thereby serving the needs of a variety of students. Academic exploration here is enhanced by studies in character development, with the larger aim of empowering students not only for independent, critical thinking, but also holistic growth and self-unfoldment.
It is additionally a goal of the University to enable its students to become employable in whatever their chosen field. Imbued with a wider vision of the world and a deep knowledge of their innermost self, graduates can then, it is hoped, effectively participate in nation-building while embodying the noble spirit of service to humanity.
The dynamic rishi culture of ancient India – whose achievements influenced the history of Asia as we know it – left its hallmark of excellence on multiple fields of knowledge, many of these contributions still buried in the dust of indifference or prejudice, and awaiting rediscovery. But the task of reinterpreting them for a particular generation always falls to a truly extraordinary soul. In our times, that exceptional soul has been Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, whose demonstration of creativity and conviction, alone has been the inspiration for the remarkable nature of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth and its mission to ‘exceed excellence’. We bow to that great exemplar of the highest possible knowledge, and solicit His blessings along with Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda’s, for the success of this most special institution.
Education is truly valuable only when it leads to flowering of the true personality of young minds and helps to bring out the best in them towards a larger cause of nation building. A young mind with self-confidence, pride in his/her own rich heritage and a frame of mind and skills to address the contemporary issues faced in the society is the building block of a progressive society. We at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth are truly committed to developing such individuals through our educational programmes.
There are no short-cuts to excellence — it is the collective effort of the faculty, management and students that will get us closer to achieving our dream. I look forward to working with all our stakeholders and well-wishers in this challenging journey towards our goal. It is our collective responsibility to realise the maxim that Shri Krishna laid out in Bhagavad Gita: nahi jñānena sadṛśam pavitramiha vidyate – there is nothing more pristine than knowledge.
It is my pleasure to welcome every student and the parent sharing this vision into the portals of the University. I am confident that you will feel proud on being associated with us and make us equally proud with your academic excellence.