Dr Kalpakam Sankarnarayan scholarship

Somaiya Buddhist studies scholarship is a grants to support candidates who wish to study in Dharma. This is a need-based scholarship awarded to K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies students admitted to the MA Buddhist Studies program with a financial need and a good educational track record.

Dr Kalpakam Sankarnarayan

Somaiya Scholarship for MA Buddhist Studies Students was established in 2015 in memory of Dr. Kalpakam Sankarnarayan through a contribution by her daughter, Ms Preeti Shankar. Dr Kalpakam Sankarnarayan was the Founder-Director of the K. J. Somaiya Centre for Buddhist Studies.

The centre was inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1993 and Dr. Sankarnarayan was at the helm till she passed away on 16 June 2014. She was a great academician with a versatile personality and extensive knowledge in Ancient Indian Culture and Buddhism. Her long and distinguished service with Somaiya Vidyavihar saw the centre grow into an internationally recognised institution in Buddhist studies.

She built links with other institutions, not just in India but also abroad that added significantly to the academic programmes offered at the centre. Her contribution for launching new programmes, creating a conducive work culture and establishing cordial relations with all faculty and students was outstanding.

During her tenure, she worked with an untiring zeal and a deep sense of commitment in whatever she did. Somaiya Vidyavihar will always be indebted for her valuable contribution.


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Candidate could be MA student of K.J. Somaiya center of Buddhist studies and may be limited to other need based scholarships & loans.

Note: If you receive any funding through external sources, you must notify us by submitting the relevant form on the application portal.