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Ministry of Minority Affairs Approves Establishment of Centre for Jain Studies at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore

Indore: The Ministry of Minority Affairs, in line with the principles of ‘Virasat Se Vikas’ and ‘Virasat Se Samvardhan’, has sanctioned projects under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) Scheme for the establishment of a Centre for Jain Studies at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore Campus. Inspired by the ‘Panch Pran’ philosophy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, these initiatives aim to strengthen the cultural heritage of minority communities.

With an estimated cost of Rs. 25 Crores, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has approved financial assistance to support infrastructural development for the advancement of Jain philosophy and heritage. The project encompasses various components such as fostering academic collaboration, promoting interdisciplinary research, digitizing manuscripts for language preservation, and establishing community outreach hubs.

The university-led project seeks to preserve and promote Jain Heritage, facilitate interdisciplinary research, enhance global understanding of Jainism, and engage in community outreach activities. By digitizing Jain manuscripts and facilitating knowledge sharing on Jain traditions and customs, the initiative aims to conserve the rich cultural heritage of the Jain community.

Emphasizing the Government of India’s commitment to the holistic development of minority communities, the Ministry of Minority Affairs has prioritized the preservation and conservation of Jain Culture. Through the establishment of the Centre for Jain Studies, the ministry endeavors to promote inter-disciplinary research on Jain literature and contribute to the overall development of Jain communities.

Aligned with the vision of ‘Viksit Bharat’, the Ministry of Minority Affairs envisions collaborative efforts between Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore, and the Jain community for the integrated development of Jain heritage and knowledge. By fostering research and development initiatives focused on Jain literature, the project aims to ensure the preservation and promotion of Jain cultural heritage for generations to come.

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