Prof. Varun Khanna, is an Assistant Professor of Vyākaraṇa at Chinmaya University.
While completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Mathematics in the USA, he traveled to various traditional institutions in India to learn Sanskrit, including Veda Vijnana Gurukula and Aurobindo Ashram. Experiencing profound changes in his psychology and behaviour and determining that this was due to the language change that took place in this time, he decided to pursue Sanskrit full-time. After graduating from undergrad, he studied Sanskrit for 1 year in Sringeri, Karnataka, at the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, and finally found his Sanskrit Guru, Professor Pushpa Dikshit, in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh, who has developed a revolutionary new method for studying Sanskrit Vyākaraṇa that takes a traditionally 12-year curriculum and teaches it in 6 months, known as the Pāṇinīyā Pauṣpī Prakriyā. With the blessings of his Gurus, Varun obtained his M.Phil in Sanskrit from Cambridge University, UK, and then proceeded to complete his PhD in Hinduism (Vedanta) from Cambridge University under his academic Guru, Professor Julius Lipner.
Varun teaches the Pāṇinīyā Pauṣpī Prakriyā at CU. He also offers independent studies in Vyākaraṇa and in Social Justice (with a focus on India through the lens of Sanskrit and Hinduism) to interested students.