|If you're having trouble viewing this email, you may see it online|
Join us on August 22nd, 2015 at 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm
At the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 1355 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112
Dr. Ajay and Meera Shingal will announce their
$4.4 Million Endowment Gift to GTU
Today, you will learn more about the rapid progress being made in establishing the first Center for the study of Hindu Dharma, in the United States of America. You will also have an opportunity to participate in creating this historic institution. Please join us in celebration of this historic event.
Please forward this e-mail to those members of your circle who will resonate with this cause
In America the academic study of Religion is very prestigious. The American Academy of Religion has over 11000 Scholars with Ph.D.’s. In addition the Theological Schools also have around 8500 Professors with Ph.D.’s and Doctor of Theology degrees. The programs, professors and students of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Chinese and Japanese Religion and Culture, and even Sikh and Jain Religion and Culture are heavily funded by the Americans of these heritage religions and cultural traditions. While there are hundreds of endowed Chairs for Christianity and Judaism, and dozens for Islam, Buddhism, and even a few for Sikh and Jain religions, there are exactly Zero Chairs for the study of Hinduism in North America. Even in the absence of any funding in this space by the Hindu community, many hundreds of Professors do study and teach Hinduism in mainstream American universities. But most of them are not practitioners of Hinduism. Their interest is academic, they study Hinduism with suspicion, their understanding and method of teaching Hinduism is critical and unbalanced leading to undesirable consequences for the community e.g. the California Text Book controversy; Wendy Doniger’s controversial book etc.(Click to see a 10 minute video on this theme).
Click here to download a copy of the Initiative Document that describes the project at GTU. Click here to download GTU's Spring Issue of its "Currents" Magazine.
Please send this e-mail to your friends and acquaintances who will resonate with this initiative.
Let us sustain the beginning we have already made together - that will make a difference for generations to come.
With warm regards,
Bay Area DCF Organizing Team:
Nirmala and Shyam Shukla, Sujatha and Ram Joshi, Rani Kumra, Rameshwar Singh, Jayant Mehta, Sreejit Kurup, Ashutosh Gupta, Suwarna and Bhaskar Banjara, Anaya Deshpande, Hira Patel, Sulochina Lulla, Sanjay Tripathi, Gnanakumar Rajaram, Ravi Ranjan, Shivang Vaishnav, Neeti Gupta, Srichand Chawla, Arjun and Nevan Godhwani, Chandru Bhambra
Kalyan Viswanathan, Executive Vice President, DCF, GTU Project In-charge
Ajay Shingal, Member of the Board of Trustees, DCF, Bay Area
Dr. Ushakant Thakkar, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, DCF, Los Angeles
Dr. Shiva Bajpai, President, Board of Trustees, DCF, Los Angeles
Dr. Manohar Shinde, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, DCF, Los Angeles
Promoting the Understanding of India's Civilization, Religion and Culture through Education
www.dcfusa.org 3010 Moreland Road, Simi Valley, CA 93065 firstname.lastname@example.org