Research Foundation For Jainology, Chennai
The Research Foundation for Jainology was established in the year 1982 with the objective of training up young minds to form sound character, learn discipline, eschew violence, speak truth and direct thoughts towards the noble ideals laid down in the Jain religion. Pursuant to this, it was decided to create a new department of Jainology in the University of Madras and provide further aid in the maintenance, improvement and development of the said department of Jainology. A fund of Rs. 15 lakhs was raised through public collections and it was handed over to the University for creation of the said department.
The Department of Jainology offers various courses related to Jain religion, namely, M.A. degree course in Jainology, M. Phil. course in Jainology, Diploma and certificate courses in Jainology and research programmes for Ph.D. degree in Jainology. The Foundation has been instrumental in inviting eminent scholars to deliver lectures on Jainism to assist the students and scholars of Jainology in their research works. So far, 50 scholars have come out successfully with M.A., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degrees.
The department has published three books, on Jainology, Jain Logic and Uttarajjhayana. Besides, the Foundation itself has also published a number of books connected with Jain philosophy and religion. The Research Foundation is a totally non-profit service organisation eligible for 125% exemption under section 35(1)(iii) of the Income Tax Act.
The Foundation is also running an ideal Gurukul for the growing children, called “Jain Vidyaashram’. It provides value-based education with Jain samskars from tender age. It is a Day cum-residential school with full-fledged facilities for lodging, boarding, games, sports, entertainment, computer education with the help of trained, experienced and dedicated staff.
The Foundation has Mr. Surendra M. Mehta as its President, and Shri Duli Chand Jain as its Secretary. The Institution is recognised as a Scientific and Research organisation by the Government of India, Ministry of Science and Technology, New Delhi.