World Association for Vedic Studies
(A Multi-Disciplinary Academic Organization)



Background:

A major conference, 'International Conference on Indus Sarasvati Age and Ancient India', was held in Atlanta (Georgia, USA), October 4-6, 1996 with over 300 participants from all over the world - U.S.A., India, Nepal, Caribbean, Belgium, U. K., Canada, Italy, Netherlands, Mauritius, Mexico, Austria, and Surinam, etc. It was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Mr. Basdeo Panday, and participants included leading archaeologists, historians, philosophers, political-scientists, linguists, religionists, Sanskritists, Vedic-scholars, scientists, engineers and persons of medicine.
The participants, being greatly impressed by the quality of presentations and organization, in the concluding session, decided to form an academic organization to hold similar conferences and to build other academic activities for Vedic studies.
(See the Minutes of the concluding session)

Nature of the Organization:

The organization is a multi-disciplinary academic society, non-sectarian, open to all persons interested in Vedic and ancient Indian studies, irrespective of their religious, cultural, racial, ethnic background and would not be governed by any ideology. The organization will serve the following purpose:

(i) Promote Vedic studies in all its forms and in all countries;
(ii) Conduct multidisciplinary activities for the study of Vedic and ancient Indian traditions including its history, philosophy, science, psychology, literature, linguistics, etc.
(iii) Support studies in various Vedic subspecialties such as chronology, ritual, philology, archaeo-astronomy, yoga, linguistics, etc.
(iv) Encourage research in all aspects of the Vedic and ancient Indian traditions.
(v) Promote universal, intellectual, and ethical traditions enshrined in Vedas and other works following them.

Research Journal and Conferences:

The association, in general, will undertake all academic and educational activities to fulfill its aims and objects. However, just now it is concentrating on:
(i) Publishing a peer-reviewed research journal on Vedic-Studies;
(ii) Holding biennial conferences;
(iii) Building strong research-study-circles in various disciplines and aspects of Vedic and ancient Indian studies.

Contact: Inquiries may be directed to any of the following members of the Steering Committee:
Dr. Bhu Dev Sharma
Professor & Chairman, Department of Mathematics
Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA 70125
Ph(504)483-7463; Fax (504)482-1561;
e-mail: bsharma@mail.xula.edu (Chairman of the Steering Committee)

Dr. Shiva G. Bajpai
Professor of History, Director, Center for Asian Studies,
California State University,
Northridge, CA 91330-8250, USA
Ph: (818)677-3566, Fax: (818)885-3614

Dr. Deen Bandhu Chandora
4117 Menlo Way,
Atlanta, GA 30340, USA
Ph: (770)939-5172 Fax: (770)414-5341

Dr. David Frawley
American Institute of Vedic Studies,
1701 Santa Fe River,
Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA
Ph: (505)983-9385,
e-mail: Vedicinst@aol.com


Dr. Subhash C. Kak
Professor, Department of Electrical/Computer Engineering
Louisiana State University,
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-5901
Ph: (504)388-5520; Fax (504)388-5200;
e-mail: kak@gate.ee.lsu.edu

Membership / Additional Information Form
Membership, by subscription, is open to all interested persons. Membership dues, US$50.00 per year, (may be sent, through cheques payable on a bank in USA, in the name of "World Association for Vedic Studies") include subscription to the Association's quarterly journal, and other benefits. Please mail this form to the address:
Dr. Bhu Dev Sharma
6300 Ackel St. Unit No. 265
Metairie, LA 70003, USA.

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Note: The Association shall have its regional activities in different states and countries. Persons interested in taking lead in organizing such activities are requested to come forward and write to us.

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