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Swamini Agamananda Saraswati

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Swamini Agamananda, formerly Martha J. Doherty, holds a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University (1999) and an M.A. in Oriental Studies (1991) from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed the 3-year Certificate in the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit at Sandeepany Institute for the Study of Vedanta and Sanskrit, Piercy California, under the direction of Swami Dayananda Saraswati, in the years 1979-1982.

She has taught both at Universities such as St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, Temple University, Philadelphia, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and Harvard University, Boston, as well as at various Arsha Vidya institutions in the USA and India. She has served as an Editor and writer with the Arsha Vidya Publications and has edited a number of original Vedanta commentaries on Upanisads and Bhagavadgita, at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania.

She has participated in the committee of Scholars for Hindu-Jewish dialogue, World Council of Religious Leaders and was a Participant scholar in the Hindu-Jewish dialogue of Acharya Sabha with the Rabbinate of Israel, Delhi, India (2011). Along with the Secretary-General of the World Council of Religious Leaders, she co-organized a Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit hosted by the Foreign Ministry of Israel and Rabbinate of Israel, Tel Aviv (2008) as well as the first two-day dialogue between the Ashkenazy Chief Rabbi of Israel who led an international delegation of Rabbis with select Hindu religious leaders, Delhi, India (2007). She was a member of the Draft Committee for Justitia et Pax Faith in Human Rights Declaration, The Hague, in 2009. She has several academic papers as well as books on Vedanta to her credit.

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Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan

Interim President and Executive Vice President

kalyan.viswanathan@hua.edu

Mr. Kalyan Viswanathan received his Master’s Degree in Computer and Information Science from Ohio State University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science. He has studied the texts and traditions of Hinduism from an Advaita Vedānta perspective through a 21-year association with Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, Founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam group of institutions and the first Convener of the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha. He serves as the President of Dharma Civilization Foundation (established 2012) based in Los Angeles and is also the Founder and President of Sanatana Dharma Foundation, Dallas, Texas (established 2007). He has had a long-standing interest in the promotion of the academic study of Hindu Dharma and played a key role in the establishment of the Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. In his prior career, he was a global practice director for an internationally known software consultancy Services firm. He is a member of the Board of Hindu University of America, and currently services as its interim President and Executive Vice President. He also teaches in the Continuing Education and Certification Division.

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Sri Swami Svātmananda, MA

Associate Faculty

Sri Swāmi Svātmānanda is a traditional Hindu Sannyasin (monk) of the Advaita Vedanta tradition, initiated by his Guru Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam lineage. He obtained a Vedanta Shastri (MA) degree from Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Nagpur, India, and a Certificate in Sanskrit and Vedanta from Arsha Vijnana Gurukulam, Nagpur, India.

He lectures to groups worldwide on Vedic knowledge including Yoga, Meditation, Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology), Ayurveda (Natural Health), Vāstu (Spiritual architecture), and Vedanta. Swami Satyananda traveled great distances to learn from the foremost experts of Vedic knowledge in India and the U.S., including a three-year course of Vedanta and Sanskrit under the tutelage and blessing of the eminent scholar Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati. He learned from his Guru, how to unfold the vision of Vedanta, and the Bhagavad Gita, with ease and clarity making it accessible to anyone interested these sacred teachings. His rare combination of innate skills, broad life experience, and dedicated study translates into a uniquely comprehensive and multicultural approach to teaching and applying Vedic wisdom in modern times.

Before being ordained as a Hindu monk, he utilized his technological skills and entrepreneurial instinct to help start and manage over forty business and philanthropic ventures, in technology, venture capital, international business as well as the non-profit sector. He obtained a Global Master of Business Administration (GMBA) from the American Graduate School of International Management – Thunderbird, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (now part of University of Arizona and called Thunderbird School of Global Management). He had a successful career in International Development, and he testified to the 101st United States Congress on behalf of small businesses.

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Dr. Kundan Singh

Core Doctoral Faculty

Dr. Kundan Singh holds a doctorate in Humanities with a Concentration in East-West Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, California. Earlier he obtained an M.A. in Applied Psychology with a Concentration in Social Psychology from the University of Delhi, India.

After having served as a Core Faculty at Sofia University for close to a decade where he taught at the doctoral level, Kundan Singh joins the Hindu University of America as a Core Doctoral Faculty. A scholar-practitioner of Integral Yoga and the darshana of the Mother and Sri Aurobindo, he has taught in the areas of Integral Philosophy and Psychology, Contemporary and Traditional Vedanta, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, Postmodern Philosophy, Philosophy of Science and Epistemology, Critical Thought and Deconstruction, Postcolonial Studies and Psychology, Cultural and Cross-cultural Psychology, Indian Psychology, Yogic Psychology, and Transpersonal Psychology among a few others.

He is a senior fellow with Hindupedia where he is diligently involved with changing the representation of Hinduism and India in grade-school textbooks in California and across the US.  He has co-authored a book with Krishna Maheshwari titled Making Children Hindu phobic: A Critical Review of McGraw Hill’s World History Textbooks (2018) and written another work titled The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda (2008). He has also published several papers and book chapters on psychology, science, relativism, Indian psychology, and post-modernism.

He is also the Vice President of the Cultural Integration Fellowship, an institution in San Francisco inspired by the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He has also taught as a Visiting Faculty and Adjunct Faculty at the Graduate Theological Union and the California Institute of Integral Studies.

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Dr. Debidatta Mahapatra

Core Doctoral Faculty

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra holds a doctoral degree from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His areas of interest include conflict management and peacebuilding, South Asia, and Indian thought. He was a recipient of the Scholar of Peace Award (New Delhi, 2007) and the Kodikara Award (Colombo, 2010). He was a Charles Wallace India Fellow at the Queen’s University at Belfast in 2010. His writings and comments have been published by reputed publishers, magazines and, news agencies like Reuters. His publications include Gandhi and the World (2018), Conflict Management in Kashmir(2018), Conflict and Peace in Eurasia (2013), World Order, Multipolarism and Terrorism (2011), and Central Eurasia: Geopolitics, Compulsions, and Connections (2008). He is currently the Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Nonviolence, Human Rights, and World Peace at the Hindu University of America.

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Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

Core Doctoral Faculty

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Dr. Joydeep Bagchee is a core doctoral faculty member at the Hindu University of America and a visiting lecturer based in Berlin, Germany. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from New School for Social Research, New York. His areas of expertise are twentieth-century Continental philosophy, German Romanticism, Nietzsche, philology, and the Western reception of Indian thought. Along with Dr. Vishwa Adluri, he is the author of The Nay Science: A History of German Indology (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Philology and Criticism: A Guide to Mahābhārata Textual Criticism (Anthem, 2018). He co-edited the volume Argument and Design: The Unity of the Mahābhārata (Brill, 2016). Dr. Bagchee has taught at Technische Universität Dresden, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich and has been a fellow at Free University, Berlin. He heads the “History and Method” concentration at the Hindu University of America.

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Dr. Vishwa Adluri

Core Doctoral Faculty

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Dr. Vishwa P. Adluri is a Professor in the Philosophy Department at Hunter College, New York. He holds Ph.D.s in Philosophy (New School for Social Research, New York), Indology (Philipps University, Marburg), and Sanskrit (Deccan College, Pune). Prof. Adluri’s work focuses on the reception of ancient Greek and Indian thought in modernity. He is the author of three monographs (Bloomsbury, OUP, and Anthem); four edited volumes (Brill, Bhandarkar Oriental Institute, and de Gruyter); and numerous articles and essays.

Prof. Adluri is a recipient of Sanatana Dharma Foundation’s Swami Dayananda Saraswati Dharma Rakshaka Award, Dharma Civilization Foundation’s Swami Vivekananda Research Fellowship, the Guru Swami Sahananda Book of the Year Award, the Pandit Satwalekar Award for Contribution in Sanskrit and Art, and Hunter College’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been interviewed by Open, Swarajya, News18, Social Research, and IndiaFacts. As a core doctoral faculty member at the Hindu University of America, Prof. Adluri guides its “Texts and Traditions” concentration. He teaches courses in Indian philosophy, Vedānta, the Sanskrit epics, ancient Greek and Western philosophy, and theology.

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