IFIH’s Founder Members

Below is the list, in alphabetical order, of the scholars and thinkers who expressly supported IFIH’s objectives at the time of its creation in 2001 and helped formulate its Charter and activities; the abbreviation (d.) refers to those who have since passed away.

 
 
  1. Shri Baleshwar Agrawal, journalist, general secretary, Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad (New Delhi).

  2. Dr. M. M. Alex, executive director, Vedik-India Society (Chennai)

  3. Prof. N. K. Ambasht, former chairman, National Open School

  4. Prof. T. R. Anantharaman, former director of Institute of Technology and rector, Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi), chairman, Ashram Atmadeep (Gurgaon)

  5. Prof. Shalini Awasthi, lecturer, Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management (New Delhi)

  6. Shri Rajendra Awasthy, editor, Kadambini (New Delhi), secretary general, Organisation of Indian Writers

  7. Shri A. V. Balasubramanian, Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (Chennai)

  8. Dr. Rahul Banerjee, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics (Kolkata)

  9. Dr. Vijay V. Bedekar, president, Institute for Oriental Study (Thane)

  10. Dr. Kiran Bedi, joint commissioner of police training, Police Training College (New Delhi)

  11. Prof. Susheela Bhan, director, Institute of Peace Research and Action (New Delhi)

  12. Shri R. S. Bharadwaj, founder member, governing body, National Value Education Centre, chief national adviser, Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal (New Delhi)

  13. Shri Kamleshwar Dayal Bhargava, managing trustee, The Centenarian Trust (Chennai)

  14. Prof. (Dr.) S. C. Bhattacharya, historian

  15. Shri K.P.C. Anujan Bhattathiripad, Vedic scholar

  16. Shri Emilios Bouratinos, philosopher (Greece)

  17. Prof. Shitangsu K. Chakraborty, economist, founder of the Management Centre for Human Values, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata

  18. Dr. Lokesh Chandra, scholar and Indologist, former member of Rajya Sabha, former chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research, director, International Academy of Indian Culture

  19. Shri Sansar Chandra, trustee, Sanskritik Gaurav Sansthan (New Delhi)

  20. Prof. Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, emeritus scientist, National Institute of Immunology (Delhi), and president, Delhi Medical Council, and Unesco professor, Bangkok

  21. Dr. P. N. Chopra, chairman, National Institute of Historical Research, president, Society of Commonwealth Historians, chief editor, Collected Works of Sardar Patel and Towards Freedom

  22. Dr. T. H. Chowdary, founder of VSNL, former I.T. adviser to the A.P. government, and founder of Pragna Bharati (Hyderabad)

  23. Shri Michel Danino, researcher and author

  24. Prof. Ruddar Datt, former president, Indian Economic Association & Society of Labour Economics, visiting professor, Institute for Human Development (New Delhi)

  25. Smt. P. Datta, principal, Kulachi Hansraj Model School (Delhi)

  26. Dr. Prafull Dave, Gujarat Biradari (Jamnagar), editor, Biradar Patrika

  27. Justice Shiv Dayal, former chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court, Vidhi Vachaspati, and founder, Devi Sarojini Punyarth Kosh Society (New Delhi)

  28. Swami Dayananda Saraswati, founder of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam (Anaikatti) and president, Dharma Rakshana Sammelan

  29. Prof. Jayeshbhai Desai, former vice-chancellor, Saurashtra University, former director of Information, Gujarat State

  30. Prof. Som Datt Dikshit, writer and educationist, former secretary, Central Sanskrit Board, secretary general, World Association For Value Education (New Delhi)

  31. Prof. Romesh Diwan, professor of economics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, USA) (d.)

  32. Prof. B. B. Dutta, former M.P. of Rajya Sabha, chairman, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture (Shillong)

  33. Dr. David Frawley, writer and director, American Institute of Vedic Studies (Santa Fe, USA)

  34. Shri David Freedholm, instructor in World Religions and Philosophy, Princeton Day School (Princeton, USA)

  35. Dr. D. Raja Ganesan, former head, dept. of Education, University of Madras (Chennai)

  36. Dr. Savita Gaur, reader, University Post Graduate Departments, South Gujarat University (Surat, Gujarat)

  37. Smt. Sagarika Ghose, writer and journalist

  38. Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, honorary director, Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala)

  39. Prof. Amit Goswami, professor of physics, University of Oregon (USA), scholar, Institute of Noetic Sciences

  40. Dr. S. C. Goswami, dept. of Chemistry, Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi

  41. Air Vice Marshal (Retd.) S. N. Goyal, founder president, World Association for Value Education (New Delhi), co-ordinator, NGOs’ Consortium and chief editor, People’s Manifesto

  42. Smt. Dorothy Randall Gray, former literary consultant, U.N.O., writer and speaker (Los Angeles)

  43. Prof. Bharat Gupt, associate professor of English, University of Delhi, theatre theorist and cultural analyst

  44. Dr. Baijnath Gupta, director, Netaji Subash Institute of Technology (New Delhi)

  45. Dr. S. C. Gupta, former professor of mathematics, University of Roorkee (U.P.)

  46. Dr. S. P. Gupta, former director, Allahabad Museum, former chairman, Indian Archaeological Society (New Delhi) (d.)

  47. Shri S. Gurumurthy, columnist and economist

  48. Dr. Rattanlal Hangloo, professor of history, University of Hyderabad

  49. Dr. A. Ramaswamy Iyengar, Vedic scholar and former director, Chinmaya International Foundation (Veliyanad, Kerala)

  50. Dr. Dilavarsinh Jadeja, former vice-chancellor, Sardar Patel University (Vallabh Vidyanagar)

  51. Prof. Ashok K. Jain, professor of physics, University of Roorkee (U.P.)

  52. Dr. A. P. Jain, former deputy director, atomic scientist, National Physical Laboratory (New Delhi)

  53. Prof. Meenakshi Jain, historian and professor, Delhi University

  54. Shri M. P. Jain, member, Ahimsa International (New Delhi), Jain Sabha and Indian Council of World Affairs, former honorary director, Kendriya Jeevan Vigyan Academy

  55. Smt. Sandhya Jain, columnist and freelance journalist

  56. Shri S. L. Jain, principal, Mahavir Senior Model School (New Delhi)

  57. Prof. H. S. Jamadagni, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)

  58. Dr. Bharat Jhunjhunwala, former professor at IIM Bangalore, freelance economist, author and columnist

  59. Dr. Shrikant Jichkar, former MP, MLA, minister, ex-IPS & IAS, president, Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam (Nagpur) (d.)

  60. Swami Jitatmananda, author and president, Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama (Rajkot)

  61. Dr. Kireet Joshi, former chairman of Indian Council for Philosophical Research (New Delhi)

  62. Prof. Subhash Kak, Indologist, historian of science, and head, dept. of Computer Science, Oklahoma State University (USA)

  63. Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, director, Sarasvati Sindhu Research Centre (Chennai)

  64. Shri M. V. Kamath, columnist and former chairman, Prasar Bharati

  65. Dr. Suryanath Kamath, historian and president, The Mythic Society (Bangalore)

  66. Prof. Kapil Kapoor, Sanskritist, former professor, Centre for Sanskrit Studies, J.N.U., and former rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi)

  67. Shri J. C. Kapur, solar scientist, former president of Solar Energy Society of India, author and editor-in-chief, World Affairs (quarterly journal)

  68. Dr. Promilla Kapur, director, Integrated Human Development Services Foundation (New Delhi) (d.)

  69. Brigadier Teg Bahadur Kapur, co-director, Integrated Human Development Services Foundation (New Delhi)

  70. Prof. Shreepad Karmalkar, dept. of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (Chennai)

  71. Shri D. R. Karthikeyan, former director, Central Bureau of Investigation, and former director general, National Human Rights Commission

  72. Dr. Subhash Kashyap, former secretary general of the Lok Sabha

  73. Shri M. K. Kaw, former secretary, ministry of Human Resource Development.

  74. Prof. H. C. Khare, former professor of mathematics and dean, University of Allahabad, emeritus fellow, University Grants Commission

  75. Smt. Madhu Kishwar, editor, Manushi (New Delhi)

  76. Prof. Klaus K. Klostermaier, professor of religious studies, University of Manitoba (Canada)

  77. Shri P. R. Krishnakumar, managing director, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore)

  78. Dr. Shashi Prabha Kumar, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Delhi

  79. Prof. B. Hrdaya Kumari, former professor and head of the dept. of English, University College, Thiruvananthapuram

  80. Dr. M. Lakshmi Kumari, Vivekananda Kendra Vedic Vision Foundation (Kodungallur, Kerala)

  81. Dr. S. Lakshmi, former vice-chancellor, Mother Teresa Women's University

  82. Prof. B. B. Lal, former director general, Archaeological Survey of India

  83. Prof. Makkhan Lal, former professor of ancient history and archaeology at Banaras Hindu University, Cambridge University and Aligarh Muslim University

  84. Shri Rajiv Malhotra, founder, Infinity Foundation (Princeton, USA)

  85. Smt. Renu Sophat Malhotra, environmentalist and educationist, founder, Seed the World (Grand Rapids, USA, & Patiala, India)

  86. Shri Pravir Malik, founder, Aurosoorya (Pondicherry & San Francisco), member, The Concours Group (Boston), advisory board, International Journal of Humanities and Peace

  87. Dr. P. Ram Manohar, director of research, AVT Institute for Advanced Research, Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (Coimbatore)

  88. Dr. V. N. Misra, archaeologist and prehistorian, former director, Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute (Pune), national fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research (New Delhi), general secretary, Indian Society for Prehistoric and Quarternary Studies

  89. Dr. Vidya Nivas Misra, scholar and Indologist

  90. Shri S. Ram Mohan, financial adviser, Indian Railways, scholar, editor, Ramanodhayam (Chennai)

  91. Shri P.G.S. Mony, former director, Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (New Delhi)

  92. Dr. Frank Morales, writer and teacher of Hinduism

  93. Shri K. Sivananda Murty, thinker and spiritual master, Anandavan (Bheemunipatnam, A. P.)

  94. Dr. R. Nagaswamy, former director of Archaeology, Tamil Nadu, and former vice-chancellor, Kanchipuram University (Deemed)

  95. Shri K. Balakrishnan Nair, film and television director

  96. Shri C. V. Devan Nair, former president of Singapore

  97. Dr. Sathis Chandran Nair, researcher, Intach (Natural heritage), Southern Regional Office for Environmental Education & Research, Thiruvananthapuram

  98. Prof. Vishnu Narayan Namboodiri, poet, writer, former professor and head of the dept. of English, University College, Thiruvananthapuram

  99. Shri Vineet Narain, editor, Kalchakra, president, Braj Rakshak Dal (Vrindavan)

  100. Shri R. S. Narayanaswami, former assistant editor, The Indian Express

  101. Sushri B. Nivedita, vice-president, Vivekananda Kendra (Kanyakumari)

  102. Prof. Chandrakala Padia, head of dept. of political science, Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)

  103. Dr. V. R. Panchamukhi, former chancellor, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha (Tirupati), and director general, Research and Information System for the Non-Aligned and Other Developing Nations (New Delhi)

  104. Prof G. C. Pande, historian, chairman, Allahabad Museum

  105. Prof. Prema Pandurang, president, Kshetropasana (Chennai)

  106. Shri P. Parameswaran, director, Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram (Thiruvananthapuram) and president, Vivekananda Kendra (Kanyakumari)

  107. Prof. Makarand Paranjape, professor of English, School of Language, Literature, and Culture Study, Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and visiting professor, dept. of English, Ball State University (Muncie, USA)

  108. Prof. Stephen Phillips, professor of philosophy and Asian studies, University of Texas (Austin, USA)

  109. Dr. V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, former vice-chancellor, Mahatma Gandhi University (Kottayam, Kerala), former vice-chairman, U.G.C.

  110. Swamini Pramananda, former coordinator, Vedic Heritage Teaching Programme (Anaikatti)

  111. Prof. K. V. Ramakrishnan, former professor of English, Sree Krishna College (Guruvayur), former editor, Mathrubhoomi weekly

  112. Dr. K. V. Ramesh, former joint director general and former director (epigraphy), Archaeological Survey of India, director, Oriental Research Institute (Mysore)

  113. Pandita Indrani Rampersad, professor of developmental English, Borough of Manhattan Community College (New York), freelance journalist

  114. Dr. Diljit Rana, U.K. businessman and philanthropist, founder and president, Shradhanjali Trust (New Delhi)

  115. Dr. G.R.S. Rao, director, Centre for Public Policy and Social Development (Hyderabad)

  116. Prof. Lakshmana Rao, dept. of applied mechanics, Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (Chennai)

  117. Prof. Ramesh Rao, associate professor, Communication, Truman State University (Kirksville, USA)

  118. Dr. K. L. Seshagiri Rao, professor emeritus, University of Virginia (USA), chief editor, Encyclopedia of Hinduism

  119. Vaidya P. M. S. Raveendranath, Ayurvedic physician and researcher, Poonthottam, Ayurvedasram (Kulakkad, Kerala)

  120. Dr. Yvette C. Rosser, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas (Austin, USA)

  121. Dr. Victoria Rue, dept. of Religious Studies, St. Lawrence University (Canton, New York)

  122. Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, director general, Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (Mumbai) and freelance journalist

  123. Maj. Gen. Vinod Saighal, author, executive director, Eco Monitors Society, and convenor, Movement for the Restoration of Good Government (New Delhi)

  124. Shri Girish Sanghi, chairman and managing director, Vaarta and A.G.A. Publications (Hyderabad)

  125. Prof. M. M. Sankhdher, former head of the dept. of Political Science, Delhi University

  126. Smt. S. Santhi, researcher, Intach (Natural heritage), Southern Regional Office for Environmental Education & Research, Thiruvananthapuram

  127. Shri Abhay Sapru, consultant and writer

  128. Prof. (Dr.) K. V. Sarma, director, Sree Sarada Education Society Research Centre (Chennai) (d.)

  129. Prof. V.V.S. Sarma, professor, dept. of Computer Science & Automation, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), fellow, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Academy of Science, Indian National Academy of Engineering

  130. Dr. Baldev R. Sharma, former professor, Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad, fellow, Ford Foundation, and senior fellow, ICSSR

  131. Prof. BhuDev Sharma, professor of mathematics, Xavier University (New Orleans, USA) and president, World Association for Vedic Studies

  132. Dr. Kavita Sharma, principal, Hindu College (Delhi)

  133. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, santoor musician

  134. Prof. Ajay Mitra Shastri, former head, dept. of AIHC & archaeology, Nagpur University (d.)

  135. Dr. N. R. Sheth, social scientist, former director of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad

  136. Shri Bhanu Pratap Shukla, writer and journalist

  137. Swami Shyam, founder, Shaanti-Sneh Movement and International Meditation Institute (Kullu, H.P.)

  138. Dr. B. G. Sidharth, astronomer & director, B. M. Birla Science Centre (Hyderabad)

  139. Dr. A. K. Singh, professor of English, Vice Chancellor, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Open University (Ahmedabad)

  140. Prof. Bal Ram Singh, professor of chemistry, University of Massachusetts (USA), and director, Center for Indic Studies

  141. Shri B. P. Singhal, former director general of police, former additional secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, vice-president

    Sanskritik Gaurav Sansthan (New Delhi) and national president, All-India Crime Prevention Society

  142. Dr. L. M. Singhvi, senior advocate, M.P., former High-Commissioner of India to the U.K. (d.)

  143. Shri A. K. Sinha, superintending archaeologist, Archaeological Survey of India

  144. Dr. Stuart Sovatsky, president, Association for Transpersonal Psychology (San Francisco), and professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco)

  145. Dr. Devakinandan Srivastava, former professor & head of Hindi dept., Visva Bharati, Santiniketan (West Bengal)

  146. Dr. K. Subrahmanyam, former principal, Vivekananda College (Tiruvedakam, T. N.)

  147. Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam, Bharata Natyam exponent and director, Nrithyodaya (Chennai)

  148. Dr. H. Sudarshan, Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (B. R. Hills, Karnataka)

  149. Smt. Romila Suri, former principal, educationist, project head of school curriculum, Times Research Foundation (New Delhi)

  150. Prof. S. Swaminathan, former professor, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

  151. Prof. Devendra Swarup, former professor of History, Delhi University

  152. Shri T. P. Tewary, former chief secretary of U.P. and Lt. Governor of Pondicherry

  153. Dr. Shashi Tiwari, associate professor of Sanskrit, University of Delhi

  154. Prof. (Dr.) Daya Nath Tripathi, former professor and head, dept. of Ancient History, Culture and Archaeology, Gorakhpur University, fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (Shimla), former chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research

  155. Shri R. C. Tripathi, former secretary-general of Rajya Sabha

  156. Vaidya P. M. Unnikrishnan, Foundation for Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (Bangalore)

  157. Dr. M. S. Valiathan, founder, Shree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences (Thiruvananthapuram) and honorary advisor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (Manipal)

  158. Prof. K. I. Vasu, national coordinator of the Swadeshi Science Movement, former professor of metallurgy and pro-vice-chancellor, University of Cochin

  159. Dr. K. Venkatasubramanian, former member of the Union Planning Commission & former vice-chancellor, Pondicherry University (d.)

  160. Swamini Vimalananda, Chinmaya Vision Programme

  161. Prof. B. Viswanathan, dept. of Chemistry and former dean (student affairs), Indian Institute of Technology-Madras (Chennai)

  162. Prof. S. Yashonath, professor of chemistry, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)

 
       
 
 
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