The Mahatma Gandhi Center aims to mainstream the ideas of Gandhi towards developing a new and enabling perspective from Hindu philosophical tradition to make world a better place to live. It encourages dialogue among civilizations and cultures as through sharing, cross-cultural exchanges and cross-fertilization of ideas, the world can be a peaceful place.
The goals of the Center are the following:
- To factor ideas of Mahatma Gandhi and other Indian thinkers in academic and policy debates towards development of rich and multiple perspectives and pathways to address gap between principles and practice.
- To examine relevance of Mahatma Gandhi for contemporary global problems including, but not limited to, inter-state and intra-state conflicts, climate change, religious extremism, rich-poor divide, education, economic development and women empowerment.
- To explore relevance of Gandhian ideas such as frugal economy, gram swaraj (grass-roots democracy), Ram Rajya (ideal state), trusteeship, social service, swadeshi (self-reliance), bread-labor, social and religious harmony, and optimal use of resources
- To promote dialogue among cultures and civilizations.
- Organizing conferences, webinars, workshops and summer schools.
- Organizing public lectures by eminent scholars.
- Developing and offering certificate and degree program on Mahatma Gandhi and other Indian thinkers.
- Networking and collaborating with institutions working on issues related to peace and non-violence.
- Publishing articles in referee journals, authoring and editing books.
- Developing projects on Gandhi and other Indian thinkers.
Degrees: Doctoral, Master’s, Diploma and Certificate
We believe age is a number and learning is lifelong. We, hence, invite all eligible learners to enroll in various programs offered by the Center. The Center offers doctoral degree (thesis-only/course-based). A Masters program in Conflict, Peace and Hindu Philosophy was launched in July 2017. A new Masters program in Gandhian conflict resolution will be launched soon. The Center also offers certificate and diploma courses.
Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra
Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center
Hindu University of America
5200 Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32811
Phone: 407-275-0013 (office)