In 1989, Swami Chinmayananda expressed a vision to establish a Sanskrit research institution, that would be the bridge between the past and present, East and West, science and spirituality and pundit and public. Thus came Chinmaya International Foundation, or CIF. Uniquely, Gurudev had also said that it would take 20 years for an institute with the kind of vision he had vested it with, to gain the right infrastructure, faculty and speed. He was absolutely precise!

The amount of labour and planning that has gone into CIF since inception reaped for it a number of recognitions that propelled greater and greater research and rewards. Prime among these is the recognition as Centre for Doctoral Studies by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala and Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi. It has also been accorded the recognition as a Centre for Excellence in Sanskrit Research (Shodha Sansthan) by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan under the aegis of the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

Research apart, CIF has taken Sanskrit studies to a new level by developing Home Study in the key areas of Sanskrit, Vedanta, Bhagavad Gita and Vedic Mathematics, which are available to students both via post as well as online.

Exactly as Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda wanted, the institution has evolved into a committed and dedicated institute for research, Knowledge sharing and dissemination via numerable workshops and seminars. These have resulted in a robust team of scholars whose work is also being published in English and Sanskrit. Research has led to a search for rare manuscripts, which CIF also cleans, transcribes, digitizes, preserves critically edits and bring out acclaimed Research Publicaitons. Today CIF also has a team that has studied the science of manuscripts and who have devoted their lives to restoring the past’s efforts at communicating with the future. A few years ago, the Government of India, AYUSH, awarded to CIF the research of manuscripts on Ayurveda in just the Kerala Region. CIF also collaborates with University of Hyderabad (UoH) and International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), Hyderabad on a Natural Language Processing Project, titled ‘ANUSAARAKA’.



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