K.T.S. Sarao is presently Professor & Head of Department of Buddhist Studies at the University of Delhi. He received his first class first MA (History), MPhil (Chinese & Japanese Studies), and PhD (Buddhist History) from the University of Delhi. He was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Cambridge (1985-1989) from where he obtained his second doctorate through the Faculty of Oriental Studies. Professor Sarao has been a visiting professor/fellow at Dongguk University (Seoul, S. Korea), Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies (Jinshan, Taiwan), St. Edmunds College (Cambridge University, UK), Maison des Sciences de L’Homme (Paris, France), Department of Religious Studies (Toronto University, Canada), and Visvabharati (Santiniketan, India). He was conferred the special academic honor, Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), by Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia in a Special Convocation held on 07 March 2011. His research interests are Indology; Indian Buddhism; Brāhmī; Vedānta; Socially Engaged Buddhism; Ancient South Asian Archaeology, History & Civilization; Pāli Language & Literature; Ancient Indian Epigraphy; Ancient Indian Topography; Pilgrimage; Religious Conversions; Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics; Ancient Indian Religions; Sikh-Udāsin Paramparā. 

Education

Special Academic Honours

President of India’s Certificate of Honour (2018) conferred on the occasion of the Independence Day Honours for substantial contribution in the field of Pāli Language.

 

Doctor of Letters (honoris causa), Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia conferred in a Special Convocation held on 07 March 2011.

University of Cambridge, Cambridge. United Kingdom

Doctor of Philosophy: Urban Centres and Urbanisation as Reflected in the Pāli Vinaya and Sutta Piṭakas (1988)

Diploma: FORTRAN 77 (1985)

University of Delhi, Delhi, India

Doctor of Philosophy: Origins of Buddhism: Literary and Archaeological Background (1985).

Master of Philosophy: Chinese and Japanese Studies (1981). First Class First in the University (“A” grade).

 

Master of Arts: History (Specialization: History of Ancient India and East Asia) (1979). First Class First in the University (73.8 %).

 

Bachelor of Arts: Honours in History with Economics (1977).

 

Post-Graduate Diploma: Pāli Language and Literature (1984). First Class First in the University (80.0%).

Ministry of Defence, Government of India

Certificate C: National Cadet Corps (1977).  A+ grade.

Academic  Appointment

April 1996 - till date

Professor, Department of Buddhist Studies, Delhi University, India.

08 October 2010 - 07 April 2011

Chair, Buddhist and Sanskrit Studies, Preah Sihanouk Raja Buddhist University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. 

July 2008 - December 2009

Visiting Faculty, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management (New Delhi and Gwalior), Government of India.

02-31 August 2009

Visiting Professor, Maison des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris, France.

01-14 March 2008

Visiting Fellow, Visvabharati, Santiniketan, India.

2005

Annual Visiting Professor, Dongguk University, Seoul, S. Korea.

October 2002 - July 2005

Visiting Professor, Chung-Hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies, Fagu Shan University, Taiwan.

April - June 2001

Visiting Professor, Maison des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris, France.

April 1994 - June 1994

Visiting Fellow, Pāli College, Singapore.

February 1993 - April 1996

Reader, Department of Buddhist Studies, University of Delhi, India.

July 1989 - February 1993

Senior Lecturer, Department of History, KM College, University of Delhi, India.

January 1989 - June 1989

Visiting Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, the University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.

October 1988 - December 1988

Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institut Für Indologie, Universität Wien, Austria.

September 1988 - August 1989

Visiting Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

July 1981 - June 1989

Lecturer, Department of History, KM College, University of Delhi, India.

July 1980 - April 1981

Lecturer, Department of History, Bhagat Singh (Eve.) College, University of Delhi, India.

July 1979 - June 1980

Junior Research Fellow (UGC), Department of Chinese & Japanese Studies, University of Delhi.

Did not take up the offer.

Visiting Fellow, St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (August 1999- January 2000).

Departmental Research Reader (Non-Stipendiary), Department of Religious Studies, University of Toronto, Canada (May 1997- November 1997).

Professional Affiliations 

Life Member, Indian History Congress (since 1981).

Fellow, Royal Asiatic Society, London (1985-till date).

 

Life Member, Cambridge Philosophical Society, Cambridge University (1985-till date).

 

Member, International Association of Buddhist Studies, Lausanne, Switzerland (1985-till date).

 

Member, Pāli Text Society, United Kingdom (1985-1989, 2002-till date).

 

Member, American Academy of Religions (1996-2000, 2010- till date).

 

Life Member, Indian Society of Buddhist Studies (2009-till date).

 

Life Member, Numismatics Society of India (since 2013).

 

Member, Editorial Board, Tulsī Prajñā, Quarterly Research Journal, Jain Vishwa Bharati University, Ladnun (2013-2016).

 

Member, Editorial Board, Vietnam International Journal of Buddhist Studies (VNIJBS), Official Academic Journal of Buddhism Today Foundation (BTF), Hanoi, Vietnam (2014-2016).

 

Member, Editorial Board, Purāpravāh, Annual Hindi Research Journal, Archaeological Society of India, New Delhi (2018-2020).

 

Member, Board for the Development of Pāli Language, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi (2019-21).

Research Interests

Indology 

Indian Buddhism

Brāhmī

Vedānta

Socially Engaged Buddhism

Ancient South Asian Archaeology, History & Civilization

Pāli Language & Literature

Ancient Indian Epigraphy

Ancient Indian Topography

Pilgrimage

Religious Conversions

Buddhist Philosophy and Ethics

Ancient Indian Religions

Sikh-Udāsin Paramparā. 

Knowledge of Languages 

English: Excellent.

Hindi: Excellent.

Punjabi: Excellent.

Pāli, Prākrit (and Brāhmī script): Excellent.

Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit: Can consult documents without difficulty.

Chinese: Rudimentary speaking, reading, and writing.

French: Rudimentary reading and speaking.

German: Rudimentary reading and speaking.

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