Full Time Faculty
Dr. Vaishnavi Nishankar
She is a Doctorate degree holder in Dvaita Vedanta from the traditional Sanskrit University –Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetham, Tirupati. Her subject of research was Dvaita epistemology with special focus on inferential cognition. Later, she went to do a second Masters degree in Sanskrit Computational Linguistics (MA in Shabdabodha Systems & Language Technologies), which introduced her to application of the theories in traditional knowledge systems. This gave her a new perspective about the practical relevance of traditional Indic knowledge systems.
She had opportunities to work on projects like Ramayana and its commentaries in Tirupati, and Sanskrit WordNet at CFILT, IIT Mumbai. She also has 5 years experience of teaching Sanskrit to undergraduate students in a college in Mumbai. Here she was actively involved in revision, formulation and dissemination of Sanskrit curriculum. She is also involved in translating and compiling Sanskrit and related content in subjects like traditional Indian philosophy, epistemology and epics.
She worked with a private institution working with focus on value education where she could learn how to make curriculum and resources of learning learner centric. She was inspired to go beyond teaching and learning Sanskrit as a language to introducing Sanskrit as a medium of Indic knowledge for young learners here.
She aspires that she may work in propagating the repository of knowledge in Sanskrit through both academic and non-academic channels bringing out the structural and scientific design, the beauty and glory of the language and the literary, intellectual and spiritual content in this medium.