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Academic Liasion

OUR MISSION

To establish liaison with Academic institutions in North America that are promoting or willing to promote the study, teaching and research in the principles, philosophy, culture and history of Jain Dharma.

CURRENT STATE

  • Jainism is least known and most misunderstood in academia and in the general public.
  • Study of Jain dharma and the Jain community has not been on the radar screens of the academia and as a result, the study of Jain dharma has significantly lagged behind that of other religions in the colleges and universities of North America.
  • Lack of younger and English speaking Jain studies scholars availability. Lack of viable structure to train new scholars.
  • Some initiatives are showing promising results.
  • Jain material on Wikipedia – Currently misrepresented or poor quality

ALC OBJECTIVES

  1. Create, nurture, educate and enhance Jainism awareness in academia by various means.
  2. Develop & facilitate English speaking scholars training, availability in US Academia.
  3. Encourage younger Jain scholars to be trained by various means of scholarships, fellowships, and increased employment opportunities in academia.
  4. Facilitate, encourage participation and collaborative atmosphere with Jain community and academic institutions.
  5. Seeks to develop a dialogue with and facilitate the promotion of studies in Jain dharma by encouraging the establishment of Centers, Institutes, Post Docs, Chairs and Professorships in Jain dharma at Academic Institution across North America.
  6. Facilitate critical and rational understanding of Jain studies, research facilities, and study materials availability in the Jain community.
  7. Increase stature of these efforts to bring Jain studies a respectable place in academia by all available means such as funding, travel opportunities and focusing on the target audience.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Name

Role

Sulekh Jain

Chair Person

Nitin Shah

Vice Chair

Bindesh Shah

Secretary

Committee

Dr.Sulekh Jain Chair-Person

2765 Botticelli Drive
Henderson, NV, 89052
832-594-8005

scjain@earthlink.net