The University of Chicago has established a professorship in Sanskrit from $3.5 million donated by Guru and Anupama Ramakrishnan to establish the Anupama and Guru Ramakrishnan Professorship in Sanskrit studies, that supports a faculty member whose work focuses on the ancient classical language.
The Dean of Humanities, Martha T Roth said the University of Chicago is renowned for its excellence in the scholarship of South Asia and the couple’s generosity allows them to sustain the tradition and continue study of the cultural heritage of South Asia through its literary, religious and philosophical texts.
The first scholar to hold the new Professorship will be Gary Tubb the faculty director of the University of Chicago Centre in Delhi. The donor couple said their gift is part of the university’s ‘Inquiry and Impact’ programme, that will raise $4.5 billion and engage 125,000 alumni by 2019.
Sanskrit the oldest literary language of South Asia is the longest continuously taught South Asian language at Chicago University that has been offered since 1892.
Tubb said he was attracted to Sanskrit because it provides access to a long and rich history of human thought.