Dr. Harsh V. Dehejia
Physician and Adjunct Professor of Indian Studies in
the College of Humanities of Carleton University

at Carleton University

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Dr. Harsha V. Dehejia, Adjunct Research Professor, College of Humanities, Carleton UniversityDear Friends,

During the last ten years while Carleton University instituted cut backs in various areas the Department of Religion was abolished and Hindu studies took the biggest hit.

I volunteered to teach one course in Hinduism which I have been doing for the last 10 years.

Initially I taught this course free but lately I have been paid a small

The University told me that unless the community showed support by donating money that this course would be abolished.

I took on the task and the challenge and created the Centre for Indian Studies with the College of Humanities. I have raised about $50,000 so far and there is an additional endowment from a life
insurance policy. We need at least another $50,000 to ensure that at least one course in Hinduism will continue to be taught.

Buddhism and Islam have been take care of and are being taught already.

Unless we raise this money Hinduism will not be taught at Carleton University when I retire.

The Centre For Indian Studies is not exclusively for Hindu studies. A course on Hinduism is its first step.

We plan to hold seminars, discussions and conferences on every aspect of Indian religions.

In fact we have sponsored Buddhist and Jain speakers in the past and on Octber 16, 2005, we are getting a speaker who will speak on murals of the tribals.

You can help in two different ways:

  1. Buy some of my books. Entire proceeds from sale of books will be turned over to the Centre for Indian Studies. Contact me to purchase my book(s).

  2. Make a donation to the Centre. All donations are fully tax deductible. Click here to pledge your support to the Centre for Indian Studies.


Harsha V. Dehejia
Adjunct Research Professor
College of Humanities, Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

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