Canadian Vedic Scholar Jeffery Armstrong conferred ICCR’s Distinguished Indologist Award

Canadian Vedic scholar Jeffrey Armstrong was presented the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR)’ Distinguished Indologist Award in a ceremony by India’s Consul-General in Vancouver Mr.Manish. 

The citation for the award states that it has been conferred upon Armstrong “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the study/teaching/research in India’s philosophy, thought, history, art, culture, Indian languages, literature, civilization, society, etc.” 

The consulate-general of India in Vancouver had nominated Armstrong, founder of the Vedic Academy of Science & Arts and author of The Bhagavad Gita comes Alive. 

“A jury for the Distinguished Indologist Award -2021 met in February 2022 and after careful consideration decided to select Mr. Jeffrey Armstrong for the award. Mr. Armstrong becomes the seventh recipient of this award, and joins the earlier recipients from Germany, China, Japan, UK, South Korea, and USA,” a release from the consulate said. 

The annual award was instituted in 2015 during the First World Indology Conference hosted by the then President of India bringing prominent Indologists from the world over to a single platform with Indian scholars to deliberate upon the scope of promoting Indian studies abroad. The award is conferred upon a foreign scholar for “their outstanding contribution in the study, teaching and research in any of the fields of Indian Studies” the release added. 

The award’s first recipient in 2015 was Professor Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron from Germany. 

The award comprises a citation, a gold-plated medallion, and US$ 20,000 (approximately 1.6 million). 

On his website, Armstrong is described as “a relationship expert, philosopher, practitioner, and teacher of the Vedas for over 40 years”. Earlier, it said, he “had a successful career as an executive in Silicon Valley.” 

ICCR was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first education minister. 

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