CIIS Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award Presented to Navin and Pratibha DoshiPosted on May 24 2012
On April 28, 2012, CIIS awarded philanthropists Navin and Pratibha Doshi with the Haridas and Bina Chaudhuri Award for Distinguished Service. Established in 2004 by President Joseph L. Subbiondo, this annual award is "to be given to individuals whose philanthropy advances our understanding of India."
Together, the Doshis founded the nonprofit organization Nalanda International dedicated to promoting an appreciation for Indic philosophy and culture within higher education and the broader community. Nalanda International supports research that advances the dialogue among distinct areas of study and ways of thought, and encourages holistic approaches to world culture. At CIIS the Doshis have established the Nalanda Scholars program to support dissertations on topics related to Indian psychology and philosophy.
Mr. and Mrs. Doshi's family, close friends, and colleagues gathered at the Crown Plaza Cabana Hotel in Palo Alto to witness the award ceremony and share a meal with members of the CIIS community. Preceded by an invocation by Silvia Nakkach and an introduction by Prasad Vepa, chair of the CIIS Board of Trustees, Navin Doshi spoke of the importance of values-based education in the effort to promote peace, noting the remarkable interconnectedness among all citizens of the world. Doshi also affirmed the work of CIIS and the vision of its founder.
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