Dr Chinmay Pandya, the Pro Vice Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar has been honoured for his services as the judge of the prestigious Templeton Prize over the last three years. Templeton is one of the most prestigious awards, given every year to the people, who portray Scientific and Spiritual Curiosity. Templeton prize valued at 1.4 million British pounds, is one of the world’s largest annual individual awards and this year Dr. Francis S Collins has been awarded with the prize. This prize was established in 1972 by philanthropist Sir John Templeton and till date 5 Nobel Prize laureates have also been awarded with the prize. Dr Chinmay Pandya has been a dedicated judge throughout the three years so Heather Templeton Dill, President, John Templeton Foundation, thanked him in her letter and also enclosed a gift with it for promoting the values of the foundation.
In his tweet Dr Pandya quoted ” Sincere thanks to @templeton_fdn
for acknowledging and offering me the privilege to be the judge for the celebrated Templeton Prize. This honour also goes to the holy feet of Pujya Gurudev
and Vandaniya Mataji
, without their blessings this would not be possible.”
Dr Chinmay Pandya, not only serves as Pro Vice Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar rather he is chairperson of International festival of Yoga Culture and Spirituality. Dr Pandya serves as the governing body of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), member of Advisory Council of AYUSH ministry, part of Syllabus Restructuring Committee of National Council for teacher’s education, one of the five leaders-part of Global Covenant of Religions (GCR). He is also invited as a yoga expert by WHO. He has represented India in the Inter Governmental Meeting of UNESCO on the issue of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ and also serves as Board of trustees of Indian Development Foundation. This honour of being a jury in Templeton prize is addition to this long list of laurels. Dr Pandya has set a benchmark to be an ideal youth through his ‘Sadhna and Swadhyay‘ He is busy day and night spreading the vision of Param Pujya Gurudev Pandit Shriram Sharma Aacharya and Vandaniya Mata ji to make this world a better place to live in. All World Gayatri Parivaar and DSVV family congratulated Dr. Pandya on his achievement.