Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan

Chinmaya International Foundation is the heart and sinew of its founder sage Swami Chinmayananda whose idea was to build a study and research centre to facilitate academic alliance among scholars across the globe and to bring out the ancient terms and terminologies employed in the Vedas to the context of the modern way of life. He wanted to build a bridge to embrace the western minds with our heritage.

Affiliated to the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University established under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India), New Delhi, as a Shodha Sansthan (Centre for Sanskrit Research), under the scheme for financial assistance to institutions recognized as Adarsha Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya / Shodha Sansthan, the CIF Shodha Sansthan came to existence on 21st February 2008.

The objective of the scheme is to support and promote traditional Sanskrit learning and research. CIF Shodha Sansthan is a leading centre for advanced learning in Sanskrit and Indology in India with a good academic environment. The Parent Body, Chinmaya International Foundation (CIF), is also recognized by Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, as a Research Centre for Sanskrit and Indology. Ever since the inception of the CIF Shodha Sansthan (CIFSS), it has been serving as a nucleus for the study of Sanskrit, philosophy, principles and values, and the cultural heritage of India.

Today, the Shodha Sansthan stands as a premier Sanskrit research institution recognised by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Govt. of India and the worlds largest open university, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).


  • Research and development of Sanskrit and Indian Culture.
  • Organise seminars, workshops and conferences.
  • Organize classes for spoken-Sanskrit and short-term evening courses on Sanskrit.
  • Organise academic competitions in Sanskrit and allied subjects at regional, state and national levels.
  • Institute awards and prizes for young writers, researchers and renowned scholars.
  • Award best books published in Sanskrit with the idea of encouraging students, researchers and writers to make original academic contributions.
  • Undertake such activities which would propagate Sanskrit and help build a general Sanskrit atmosphere.
  • Publish rare books and unpublished manuscripts.
  • Collect manuscripts from different regions and make the digital sources accessible to researchers.
  • Build up an advanced academic atmosphere on par with international standards.
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