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Canadian scholar receives ICCR’s ‘Distinguished Indologist for 2021’ award | World News

Canadian scholar receives ICCR’s ‘Distinguished Indologist for 2021’ award | World Information

TORONTO: A Canadian scholar has been awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist for 2021.

Jeffrey Armstrong was introduced the award in a ceremony on Tuesday night by Manish, India’s consul-general in Vancouver.

The quotation for the award states that it has been conferred upon Armstrong “in recognition of his excellent contribution to the examine/educating/analysis in India’s philosophy, thought, historical past, artwork, tradition, Indian languages, literature, civilisation, society, and so forth”.

The consulate-general of India in Vancouver had nominated Armstrong, founding father of the Vedic Academy of Science & Arts and creator of The Bhagavad Gita comes Alive.

“A jury for the Distinguished Indologist Award -2021 met in February 2022 and after cautious concerns determined to pick out Mr Jeffrey Armstrong for the award. Mr Armstrong turns into the seventh recipient of this award, and joins the sooner recipients from Germany, China, Japan, UK, South Korea and USA,” a launch from the consulate stated.

The annual award was instituted in 2015 through the First World Indology Convention hosted by the then President of India bringing distinguished Indologists from world over to a single platform with Indian students to deliberate upon the scope of selling Indian research overseas. The award is conferred upon a overseas scholar for “their excellent contribution in examine, educating and analysis in any of the fields of Indian Research”, the discharge added.

The primary recipient of the award in 2015 was Professor Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron from Germany.

The award contains a quotation, a gold-plated medallion, and US$ 20,000 (roughly ₹1.6 million).

On his web site, Armstrong is described as “a relationship professional, thinker, practitioner and trainer of the Vedas for over 40 years”. Earlier, it stated, he “had a profitable profession as an govt in Silicon Valley”.

ICCR was based in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, unbiased India’s first training minister.


Anirudh Bhattacharya is a Toronto-based commentator on North American points, and an creator. He has additionally labored as a journalist in New Delhi and New York spanning print, tv and digital media. He tweets as @anirudhb.
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