Welcome To Indic Foundation

Claremont School of Theology and the Indic Foundation share a number of core values. Both institutions work to foster academic excellence in the study of religious traditions of the world, including South Asia. Recognizing these core values, Claremont School of Theology and Indic Foundation are poised to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to join in partnership to provide education leading to various certificate and degree programs in South Asian studies, Hinduism in particular. These degrees will be awarded under the banner of Center for South Asian Religious Traditions of Claremont School of Theology. This is an exciting time, and we invite you to help us build the first Center for Hindu Studies in the nation.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • President: Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
  • Treasurer: Sushma Lal
  • Secretary: Jamie Mills
  • Member:Harish Rao
  • Shukavak Dasa, Ph.D.
  • Daniel Michon, Ph.D.
  • Bina Bhatia
  • Rahul Parikh
  • Bina Bhatia
  • Prabhu Dhalla, M.D.
  • Gauri N. Kumar, D.D.S.
  • Sushma and Satish Lal, M.D.
  • Sreenivasa Nakka, M.D.
  • Svetha Rao
  • Dr. Prem Reddy
  • Ingrid Aall, Ph.D
  • Navin Doshi
  • Naveen Gupta, M.D.
  • Dr. Pratapaditya & Chitra Pal
  • Bipin C. Patadia, M.D.
  • Savitri Rambhatla, M.D.
  • Christopher Chapple, Ph.D., Loyola Marymount University
  • Cynthia Humes, Ph.D., Claremont McKenna College
  • Rita Sherma, Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Kenneth Silverman, Interactive Teamworks
  • Karen Jo Torjesen, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • Ian Whicher, Ph.D., University of Manitoba in Winnipeg
  • Renu Lal, Ph.D., Canada
  • Avanthi Meduri, Ph.D., India
  • Marilee Scaff, Ph.D.
  • Deepak Shimkhada
  • Rita Sherma
  • Sushma Lal
  • Cynthia Humes

ENDOW A CHAIR FOR HINDU STUDIES

By strategically positioning a Chair in Hindu studies at a private university that is a major supplier of teachers to American colleges and Universities, donors can enhance the image of Indic civilization in American society. The Jewish community has long seen the importance of the university and endowed chairs in Jewish Studies in many colleges and universities. Claremont School of Theology is an interreligious university with more than 300 students training to become professors and religious leaders. By educating these students on the achievements of Indic civilization and attracting second-generation students of South Asian origin, an endowed chair in Indic philosophy can educate a nation.

Founding the Center for Hindu studies at Claremont School of Theology will address the issues that face the broader South Asian community in America—building bridges between the academic study of Indic theology and the lived experience of Hindu culture and values. The Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture invites you to be a part of this important and groundbreaking history.

Why $5 Million?

It requires money to run a program, and the current price tag for a chair is $5 million. By strategically positioning a Chair in Hindu studies at a private university that is a major supplier of teachers to American colleges and Universities, donors can enhance the image of Indic civilization in American society. The Jewish community has long seen the importance of the university and endowed chairs in Jewish Studies in many colleges and universities. Hindus should follow the examples set by the Jewish community. Claremont School of Theology is an interreligious university with more than 300 students training to become professors and religious leaders. By educating these students on the achievements of South Asian civilization and attracting second-generation students of South Asian origin, an endowed chair in Indic philosophy can make a great contribution to the present situation.

Founding the Center for Hindu studies at Claremont School of Theology will address the issues that face the broader South Asian community in America—building bridges between the academic study of Indic theology and the lived experience of Hindu culture and values. The Foundation for Indic Philosophy and Culture invites you to be a part of this important and groundbreaking history.

Mailing Address:

Federal Tax ID# 75-2970540

Please make check payable to Indic Foundation and mail it to:

Indic Foundation:
1682 Lowell Avenue
Claremont, CA 91711

What’s in it for me?

As the first Center for Hindu Studies in the nation, this will open the doors for the contributors to sow the seeds of Hindu studies for future generations.  The Center also will organize cultural and religious events on campus in which the community members will be invited to participate.  This will be a unique way to learn and understand the living religious traditions of South Asia, India in particular.

How can you help?

Indic Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a 501(C) 3 tax exempt status received from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Contributions made to the Foundation are fully tax deductible.

Contribution categories

Benefactor: $50,000+ ( 100%)
Patron: $25,000+ ( 50%)
Supporter: $10,000+ ( 20%)
Goodwill Ambassador: $5,000+ ( 15%)
Friend: $1,000+ ( 10%)
Community Pillars: $100+ ( 5%)