Prof. Dr. Bela Bhattacharya

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I Prof. Dr. Bela Bhattacharya, Gold Medalist, University Professor of Pali, Calcutta University, West Bengal, India have been teaching for more than three decades in The Department of Pali and also in the Department of Languages (Tibetan). I have won Griffith Memorial Prize. I have written 6 (six) books on Buddhism. I have also contributed a large number of research papers (195 approx.) on the different branches of Indology in India and abroad. I have edited Journals, Encyclopedia of Buddhism (Buddha Kosa), Pali text books, Tibetan Readers, Haraprasad Smarane (a special volume) etc (22 Approx.) under the University of Calcutta. At the same time I travelled to different parts of the globe and delivered lectures on Buddhism to spread the light of Buddha’s message of Metta and Karuna. Students from India and abroad have done their research activities under my guidance. About twenty four students from different countries obtained Ph.D. Degree. Also twenty eight M.Phil students carried out dissertation under my supervision.

I participated in seminars and conferences in India in almost all the Universities where Pali and Buddhism are taught. In many foreign countries I also addressed lectures on Pali and Buddhism in Universities such as School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London (2005), Japan (2006), Bangladesh (2006, 2011), Thailand (2007, ’08, ’09, ’11, ’12), Vietnam (2008, ‘14), Sri Lanka (2008, 2010), Myanmar (2009), Cambodia (2010), Taiwan (2010), Oxford (2011), Dubrovnik (Croatia) (2013), Iowa (USA) (2014).

I have also been felicitated with the title of “Vidyabrati’ from the Buddhist Research Publication Centre, Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2006.