IIT Kharagpur honors Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami of B.A.P.S Swaminarayan Sanstha and others

Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari presents a Doctor of Science (D.Sc. Honoris Causa) certificate to Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadresh Swami, a Sanskrit scholar of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. PHOTO: Courtesy BAPS

The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) has conferred honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degrees upon four distinguished individuals: Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadreshdas Swami of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc., Ajit Jain, Vice Chairman, Insurance Operations at Berkshire Hathaway, USA, and Dr. Ravinder Nath Khanna, Chairman & Managing Director of Controls and Switchgear Contactors Limited, Delhi.

The Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), was conferred by IIT Kharagpur as part of its 69th convocation ceremony. Director Prof. Virendra Kumar Tewari, Dean Kamal Lochan Panigrahi, and Registrar Biswajit Bhattacharya presented the certificate to Bhadreshdas Swami on behalf of IIT Kharagpur, a press release from BAPS said.

Prof. Tewari highlighted the selection process, stating that Bhadreshdas Swami was chosen from a pool of nominees and the decision had been ratified by more than 800 faculty members and 300 senate members, and approved by the Union Education Ministry and the President’s office. The honor recognizes Bhadreshdas Swami’s exceptional insights into Hindu philosophy, beliefs, and culture, as well as his role as a global Sanskrit scholar contributing to India’s progress.

Amit Shah and Acharya Devvrat, present a Doctor of Letters (D.Litt. Honoris Causa) certificate to Mahamahopadhyaya Bhadresh Swami, a Sanskrit scholar of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. PHOTO: BAPS

In a separate event, Bhadreshdas Swami was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degree by Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, during the 66th Annual Convocation Ceremony by the Union Home Minister of India, Amit Shah and the Governor of Gujarat, Devvrat Acharya.

Dr. Niranjan Patel, Vice Chancellor of Sardar Patel University acknowledged Bhadreshdas Swami’s role in reviving the centuries-old commentary tradition, describing it as a special contribution to Sanskrit and Indian culture.

Expressing his gratitude, Bhadreshdas Swami attributed the honors to the grace and blessings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, who founded the Sanatan Vedic Akshar-Purushottam Darshan, as elucidated in the sacred text Vachanamrut, the press release from BAPS said. He also acknowledged the Swaminarayan guru tradition for disseminating this knowledge and expressed his gratitude to his gurus Pramukh Swami Maharaj and Mahant Swami Maharaj for nurturing and encouraging him.



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