International Conference:
New Frontiers in Sanskrit and Indic Knowledge 12 - 14 June 2017 @ Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth,
Kochi Campus (Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula)

Emerging Issues for Teaching, Research and Applications

Sanskrit, as a language, is often referred to as one of the most ancient and the mother of several languages in the Indo-European group of Languages. Sanskrit holds the key to the treasure house of Ancient Indian knowledge. Ancestral Indian Wisdom has been captured and preserved through Sanskrit in several works ranging from Vedas,Vedāṅgas and Upavedas to Smṛtis, Dharma-śāstras, Purāṇas and Kāvyas. Established Sanskrit Institutions have been imparting these knowledge in a systematic manner.

However, as society progresses, new challenges and issues emerge. Modern social and business systems face problems of sustainability. At the individual level, we have problems of dealing with oneself. People face enormous stress in their working life as well as personal lives. Furthermore, public systems and institutions often face leadership challenges for want of people with moral strength, values and courage. Emergence of new technologies including the Internet have also opened up new avenues for teaching and research. These turn of events seem to point to a renewed role the Ancient Knowledge Systems can play by addressing some of the contemporary issues that the society is facing.

Educational and Research Institutions in the domain of Sanskrit have a huge opportunity to respond to these emerging issues. The transformation required will demand newer approaches to teaching and research. Furthermore, it may open new avenues for gainful application of the Ancient Knowledge Systems for solving today’s problems. The most important fall out of these is that the higher institutions in the domain of Sanskrit & Indic Knowledge need to transform themselves to stay relevant.

This conference is designed to address these issues and create a new agenda for the professionals and researchers in the field of Sanskrit and Ancient Indian Wisdom. The conference will provide a platform for thought leaders, academic community and researchers to share new knowledge, best practices and gain from mutual interactions during the conference. The conference will also provide networking opportunities for those engaged in teaching and research in Sanskrit, Indic Knowledge & Applications.

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Steering Committee

  • Prof. B. Mahadevan (Chair)
  • Swami Advayananda, President, Executive council
  • Dr. Rana Dilipkumar, Director, Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan
  • Shri Suresh Subramanian, Registrar, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
  • Shri K. K. Rajan, Trustee, Chinmaya International Foundation
  • Shri N. M. Sundar, Campus Director, CEG Campus
  • Shri C. K. S. Nair, Chinmaya International Foundation

Programme Committee

  • Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi (Chair)


  • Dr. Vinayak Rajat Bhat
  • Dr. Varun Khanna
  • Vid. Nagendra Pavana

Invited Speakers

NFSI2017 has invited a number of exciting & inspiring speakers to the conference for the benefit of all attendees. Given below is the list of speakers who have confirmed that they will honour with their presence:

Guests for inauguration

    • Swami Swaroopananda

Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide
Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

    • Dr. N. Gopalaswami, IAS (Rtd)

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetham, Tirupati

Key Note Speaker

    • Prof. Radhavallabha Tripathi

Former Vice-chancellor
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sanstha
New Delhi

Speakers at the panel discussion


    • Prof. Makarand R Paranjape

Professor of English
Centre for English Studies
School of Language, Literature, and Culture Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

    • Prof. Girish Nath Jha

Professor of Computational Linguistics and Chairperson
Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, JNU, New Delhi

    • Prof. Nagaraj Pathuri

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies at FLAME, Pune

    • Prof. Shailaja D. Sharma

Adjunct faculty, NIAS

    • Dr. C. S. R. Prabhu

Former Directer General
NIC, Hyderabad

    • Prof. Parameshwara Narayana Shastry

Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi

    • Prof. Chand Kiran Saluja

Director (Academics)
Sanskrit Promotion Foundation, New Delhi

    • Prof. Y. S. Ramesh

Head of the Department (Education)
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jaipur campus
Jaipur (Rajasthan)

    • Prof. B. V. K. Sastry

Yoga-Samskrutham University
Florida, USA

    • Dr. Sai Susarla

Technical Director at NetApp, Bengaluru

    • Dr. H. R. Vishwasa

Samskrit Bharathi

Speakers for Plenary Session

    • Prof. Korada Subrahmanyam

Professor of Sanskrit, CALTS
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad

    • Prof. Dominik Wujastic

History & Classics Department
University of Alberta

    • Prof. Muralidhara Sharma

Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetham, Tirupati

    • Prof. Venkat R Krishnan

Founder & Director
Center of Oneness & Transforming Leadership

Valedictory Function

  • Swamini Vimalananda

Director, Chinmaya Vision Programme

    • Swami Advayananda

President, Executive council, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

    • Prof. P. Geervani

Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth

We will update this list as we receive confirmation from other speakers.

Venue and Directions

The Conference will be held at Chinmaya Eswar Gururkula (CEG) Campus at Veliyanad, the maternal ancestral birth home of Ādi Śaṅkarācārya, the great Spiritual Giant, and the torch-bearer of the renaissance of reason and logic. Set in an extensive compound of 10 acres in Kerala’s lush, green country-side, amidst temple shrines and lily ponds, CEG campus offers a serene ambience that attracts aspirants who come in search of peace and solitude from the world over.

CLICK HERE for directions to CEG from the nearby airport, railway stations, and bus station

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Registration Form

Registration Fee:

For Delegates ₹2500.00
For Authors ₹1500.00
For PhD Students ₹1000.00
For PG Students ₹500.00

PLEASE NOTE – You can make the payment through NEFT. The bank account details for the payment are as follows

Account Branch VELIYANAD
Account Number 5 0 1 0 0 1 8 6 2 9 5 1 2 2

Please write “NFSI 2017” along with your name in the memo, so that we will be able to confirm your payment.
On completing bank payment please send us your bank reference, for the completed NEFT transaction, for us to issue receipts.

To register as a delegate participant in the NFSI 2017 conference,



Abstract submission – Abstract submission date has already passed. If you would like to participate in the next NFSI conference as a presenter, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Full paper submission – If you have been requested to submit a full paper for the conference based on your abstract, please note the following.

Final acceptance of your paper is contingent on the submission of your full paper by 31 March 2017, subject to a double-blind reviewing process. You are requested to carefully read through the following submission guidelines, ensure that the paper fulfills these requirements, and submit your paper accordingly:

  1. Please ensure that the paper contains the following fundamental components:
    • Clearly establishing the research problem that is being undertaken
    • A literature review supporting the subject matter being discussed and establishing the relative worth of your contribution to the field
    • The research methodology used and the data collected (if any) in performing research
    • Conclusions highlighting the major findings, insights, and implications arising from the study
  2. In determining the final acceptance of the paper for the conference, the quality of research and the insights, implications, and conclusions drawn from the study will be considered.
  3. The following style guidelines should be followed when writing the paper:
    • In-text citations should be included as footnotes on the same page, and full bibliography should be included at the end, according to the Chicago Manual of Style (notes and bibliography system). For more details and examples of how to include citations, please see the following link:
    • Please prepare the paper in 12 point font, double spaced.
    • Please use the IAST transliteration scheme for transliterating Sanskrit words.
    • Please use unicode fonts for Devanāgarī.
    • Papers should not exceed 5000 words.
    • Please submit the papers in BOTH .docx and PDF format.
  4. The paper must have a cover page containing the title of the paper, author names and contact details. This must be followed by the main paper which merely contains the title followed by abstract and full paper (please do not add your contact details after the cover page). This is essential to ensure blind review of the papers.
  5. Last date of submission is 31 March 2017.

Please be advised that all papers accepted and presented at the conference will be judged, and the top five will qualify for an award, to be announced at the conference. We would like to seek your cooperation in reviewing one or two papers submitted for the conference.

We have full confidence that the papers we receive will be of the highest quality and look forward to receiving them. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at or +91-75588-96000.

Thank you for your participation in NFSI 2017!


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us about any questions you may have regarding NFSI 2017. Feel free to contact us at
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List of sponsors and supporting Organisations

We would sincerely like to thank Advaita Academy, Vyoma Linguistic Labs, Chinmaya International Foundation, and Chinmaya Mission for extending their generous support towards our conference. If you or your organization would like to support this endeavor, please check the “Support NFSI 2017” tab

Support NFSI 2017

We are ever looking for sponsorship, and extremely grateful for any contributions towards this effort of understanding how Sanskrit studies and Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS) can be integrated into other knowledge streams in the 21st Century, enhancing both the study of Sanskrit and modern knowledge systems. If you or your organization would like to support NFSI 2017, or any of our other projects, please get in touch with us at or +91-75588-96000. We thank you in advance for your generosity