Vice-President: Amarjiva Lochan
Prof. Amarjiva Lochan was born in Gaya, the city associated with the Enlightenment of Buddha. He graduated from the University of Delhi, India with a PhD on acculutration. He teaches there the History and Religions of India with special reference to the Indic elements in Southeast Asia. Also, he is the research superviosr of 8 students in Buddhist Studies. Currently, he is Joint Dean, International Relations and Foreign Students, University of Delhi. He is part of Editorial Board of five international journals. He keeps writing on the syncretic nature of the religions in Southeast Asia, the role of the Brahmana priests in Thailand(for which he was awarded the Ford scholarship), Hindu-Buddhist art and the changing faces of Buddhism. he has also keen academic interest in the positioning of the Indian Diaspora. His publications include 10 books/monographs and 51 research articles. Prof. Amarjiva has widely travelled for academic reasons both in the region and all over the globe. As per record, he is the first Asian to hold this position of Vice President. Prof Amarjiva is Visiting Professor at three places outside India besides being Board members of several religious and culture studies centres in India and abroad.