Everything about Sanskrit: A Centre of Excellence in Southeast Asia
English  Thai
16th World Sanskrit
Conference 2015, Bangkok

Programme Coordinator

Associate Professor Dr Amarjiva Lochan was born in Gaya, the city associated with the Enlightenment of Buddha. He graduated from the University of Delhi, India and teaches there the History and Religions of India with special reference to the Indic elements in Southeast Asia. He is the Editor of two international journals, and keeps writing on the syncretic nature of the religions in Southeast Asia, the role of the Brahmin priests in Thailand (for which he has Ford scholarship), Hindu-Buddhist art and the changing faces of Buddhism. A volume on Sanskrit inscriptions in Thailand with noted epigraphist Prof Dr KV Ramesh and Dr Chirapat Prapandvidya was published (2013). His publications include five books/monographs and 45 research articles. Dr Amarjiva has widely travelled for academic reasons both in the region and all over the globe. He is Visiting Professor at five places outside India besides being Board members of several religious studies centres in India and abroad. He knows 10 languages including Pali, Sanskrit and Tibetan. At present, he is the Consultative Committee Member of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies (IASS), President of the SSEASR (South and Southeast Asian Association for the Study of Culture and Religion) and Member-at-Large of the Executive Board of International Association of History of Religions (IAHR).

Email: amarjiva@hotmail.com