IIT Kharagpur honors BAPS’ Bhadreshdas Swami, Sundar Pichai, others with D.Sc. degrees

Kharagpur: In a significant event celebrating academic and professional excellence, 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, Mr. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc., Mr. 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 the Indian Institute of Technology 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. 

Prof. Tewari highlighted the meticulous 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.
In a separate but equally prestigious event, Mahamahopadhyaya 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, Shri Amitbhai Shah and the Governor of Gujarat Devvrat Acharya.

Dr. Niranjanbhai 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, Pujya 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. He also acknowledged the Swaminarayan guru tradition for disseminating this knowledge and expressed his gratitude to guru His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj and guru His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj for nurturing and encouraging him. 

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