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Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi

Prof. Shrinivasa Varakhedi is the Honorary Dean of Faculty at the Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula for Sanskrit and Indic Traditions. He has also held the positions of the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean and Director of Research in Karnataka Samskrit University and is one of the promising scholars who has been putting efforts to bridge the gap between traditional and modern academia. Prof. Varakhedi is one of the pioneers in newly emerged interdisciplinary research field of Sanskrit Computational Linguistics.

He had his early education in the Gurukula system in Poornaprajna Vidyapeetha, Bengaluru and continued his higher studies in Shastras under the tutelage of stalwarts like His Holiness Sri Vishveshatirtha Svamiji of Sri Pejavara Matha and many others.

He gained reputation by working closely with famous institutions such as IIIT and many central universities. He led many projects such as Sanskrit-net, Ramayana Project and NLP related PG courses in Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati. He has edited and published more than 50 works as well as equal number of research papers in Sanskrit also in English. He is also a member of several academic boards and committees such as UGC and Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan.

Prof. Varakhedi received the Maharshi Badrayan Vyas Samman from the President of India in 2008. He has also been honoured by saints like Sri Vidyamanyatirtha and several religious leaders and prestigious institutions. Prof. Varakhedi was awarded with the first Swami Chinmayananda Gold Medal by Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan in 2013. The award is a recognition of the intellectual achievements of young scholars of below 40 and also to further encourage them in academic pursuits.

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