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A historic milestone was created in April 2010 by establishment of a perpetual Bhagwan Mahavir Professorship in Jain studies at Florida International University, Miami, FL. This is the First ever initiative in the Americas and is proud moment for all of us.

First milestone of this initiative was achieved on April 16, 2010. Professor Nathan Katz, a specialist in the religions of India and former chair of the Department of Religious Studies at FIU, was named the First Bhagwan Mahavir Professor. Dr Dipak Jain, Chair of the Jain Education and Research Foundation noted, "Today by starting this professorship, FIU has given us a platform and have allowed us to implant this seed and the Flowers are going to blossom for many years to come."

The President of FIU concluded by sharing that, "Jainism, one of the most hopeful religious and spiritual movement in the world today can be forever taught at our great university."

Specific objectives of this professorship are to
  • Infuse university curriculum with courses in Jainism, relying on Jain scriptures, appropriate for undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Conduct research in Jainism, publish books, and supervise graduate research in Jainism.
  • Collaborate with other universities with a view to introduce Jain content in their religious studies curriculum.
  • Develop and expand student and faculty exchange programs with noted academic institutions internationally.
 
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Upcoming Events

5th Mahavir Nirvan Kalyanak Lecture
Jainism: A Blueprint for World Peace
by Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law & & Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy, Rutgers University School of Law
Monday, October 24 2016, 6:30 pm
Florida International University, Miami

Inaugural Event
Jain Endowed Professorship
At the University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Friday, September 30 2016, 6:30 pm.
All are invited

 
Past Events:
November 1 and 2, 2014:
International Conference: Acharya Tulsi and the Making of Modern Jainism

October 2 & 3, 2014:
1st Annual Workshop on "Compendium of Science and Mathematics in Jainism"
(Details) (Brochure)

November 4, 2013:
Applying Jain Principles in Medical Practice, Lecture by Manoj Jain
 
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