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Jain Vishva Bharati Institute



Jain Vishva Bharati Institute was established in 1991 with the inspiration of his Holiness Gurudev Tulsi, a great seer, saint and scholar of the modern era. His Holiness was the ninth Acharya, the Supreme Head of the Jain Terapanth religious sect. He was the first Anushasta (The Preceptor) of the Institute and Acharya Shri Mahaprajna his Successor, is the present one. (The Anushasta is a statutory post of the Institute, empowered to discipline the Institute spiritually and morally.) Gurudev Tulsi and Acharya Mahaprajna gently but truly and untiringly worked towards eradicating social evils, reforming social customs, building national character and educating the masses on the principles of non-violence, universal peace and brotherhood.

STATUS OF THE UNIVERSITY

The Jain Vishva Bharati Institute is an autonomous registered society, which was sponsored, and financed by its parent organisation – the Jain Vishva Bharati (JVB), Ladnun, which is a philanthropic society established in 1970. In recognition of the vast potential that Jainology has to offer to humanity in general and to the academic community in particular, the Jain Vishva Bharati Institute was accorded with the status of a “Deemed to be University” by the University Grants Commission (UGC) under Section 3 of the U.G.C. Act of 1956, in 1991 on the recommendation of the Government of India.

MOTTO, MISSION & GOAL

Lord Mahavira said 2600 years ago – ‘Nanassa Saram Ayaro’ i.e. “Right conduct is the essence of knowledge”. This spiritual voice is the motto of the Institute. Every programme and every activity is directed towards the realisation of this motto. The goal of JVBI has been clearly spelt out in the preamble of the JVBI’s constitution which reads as:

“The Jain Vishva Bharati Institute is an endeavour in the direction of putting into practice and to promote and propagate the high ideals of Anekant (non-absolutist outlook), Ahimsa (Non-violence), Tolerance and Peaceful Co-existence for the weal of mankind”

“We the members of Jain Vishva Bharati, therefore, resolve to constitute and establish the said Institute of Advanced Studies, Research and Training in Jainology in the context of comparative studies in Jainology, World Religions, Ahimsa (Non-violence) and World Peace.”

The mission is to integrate modern science with ancient wisdom of the great spiritual practitioners and visionary seers. The institution seeks to interweave moral and spiritual norms and values with the materialistic and economic fibers of mankind to foster and develop universal human relationships for the peaceful co-existence of individuals, groups, communities, sects, races, religions and nations

To make this knowledge useful and relevant to the society, integrated value-based courses in professional subjects like Management, Education, are taught. The goal is to produce ideal managers/executives, ideal teachers, and ideal social workers with a difference, who will possess a scientific-cum-spiritual personality to work for a non-violent world order like you.

Rajasthan which is presently the largest state of the Indian subcontinent is well-known for its rich and diverse culture, prosperous tourism, vast expanses of desert terrain and exquisite sand dunes that represent a vast tapestry of an art form. Well-known for its rich folk traditions-specially the breath taking ‘Kalbelia’ or ‘Serpent’ dance form, the colourful ‘Ghaghra’ & ‘Chunni’ made by the traditional tie & die method, the famous Hawa Mahal, the magnificent fort palaces, the historical war heroes like Maharana Pratap & Rana Sanga and the home of the national bird of the country-the Peacock Rajasthan is also home to the Jain Community the descendents/followers of the great Lord Mahavira. Jainism and Jain philosophy has made a golden contribution to the history and tradition of Indian Society and the world at large by way of its doctrines of non-violence and peace, tolerance, anekant, etc. Though the Jains as a community are in the minority the rich philosophy of Jainism has much to contribute to the present turbulent society overwhelmed by widespread violence, terror and exploitation.

LOCATION

The Institute is located in sylvan surroundings in Ladnun, a small township of Nagaur District of Rajasthan. The campus represents the ancient Gurukul tradition with its green, smoke drug and pollution free environment. The calm, peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, away from the rustle and bustle of cities and busy industrial life, is most appropriate for cultivating academic and spiritual excellence in the students and the faculty as well and practising simple living and high thinking.

Ladnun is 380 Kms. West of Delhi and 215 Kms. North-West of Jaipur. It is well connected by both rail and road with the national and state capital as also with the important cities of Rajasthan. The Institute boasts of two completely new Administration and Academic Buildings inaugurated in 2001, which is an architect’s delight. There are separate boys and girls hostel within the campus. Even though town is in desert, the campus is full of greenery with parks and gardens.

For more information visit: www.jvbi.org

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