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Speakers - World Parliament - 2023

DAY 1 - 9TH FEB 2023

Dr. Pranav Pandya

Head, World Gayatri Pariwar& Chancellor, DevSanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar


Dr. Pranav Pandya is renounced world over as a pioneer of scientific spirituality. As the Head of the Organization, he disseminated the message of Indian culture, in its true spirit, across the globe and established branches of Gayatri Pariwar in over 80 countries. Under his dynamic leadership the Dev Sanskriti University at Haridwar is establishing new milestones and reforming the face of modern education.Dr. Pandya laid the foundation of pioneering work in bringing science and spirituality together. Under his guidance path breaking research on Ayurveda , Psychology, Yagya pathy and therapeutic benefits of meditation, pranayam was carried out.

Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya

UNESCO Chair for Peace, Banaras Hindu University
Distinguished Professor, MIT World Peace University (Pune)
Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)


Professor Priyankar Upadhyaya has served Banaras Hindu University for over four decades in teaching and leadership positions. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair for Peace and serves on the UNESCO/ UniTwin Executive Committee. He has the prestigious Global Fellowship of Oslo's Peace Research Institute (PRIO). He is also on the Governing Board of
the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences (CSSS), Institute of Asian Studies (MAKIAS) and Presidency University in Kolkata. In 2019, the Jawaharlal Nehru University designated him for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Peace and Disarmament. More recently, he has been honoured as the Distinguished Professor of Peace Studies at MIT World Peace University in Pune. Professor Upadhyaya has done post-doctoral studies at London University and holds a PhD and M. Phil. of Jawaharlal Nehru University. Recipient of many prestigious awards/fellowships, including the Guest Scholar Award of the Woodrow Wilson Centre of International Scholars, Wash DC, Faculty Research Award of the Canadian Government, Senior Fulbright Award and Australia-India Council Senior Fellowship and advanced international diploma from Uppsala University; Professor Upadhyaya has served as Visiting Professor at the UN University of Peace and US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Concordia University (Montreal). Invited by the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Professor Upadhyaya delivered concluding roundtable remarks at UNGA HighLevel Forum on Culture of Peace on 13 September 2019.
Professor Upadhyaya has publications in journals and books from Oxford University Press, Manchester University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, Ashgate and Routledge. His volume on ‘Peace and Conflict: South Asian Experience’ (Cambridge: 2015) and ‘“Long Walk of Peace, towards a Culture of Prevention (UNESCO: 2018) have received international acclaim. His forthcoming volume “Interreligious Dialogue: Good Practices, Challenges and Future Directions” will
be published by UNESCO (Paris) in 2022. 

Professor Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya

Distinguished Professor,  MITWPU, Global Fellow, Peace Research Institute Oslo


Professor Anjoo Sharan Upadhyaya has served as the Senior Professor of Banaras Hindu University for over 46 years in such senior positions as the Professor and Head of Political Science and as the Dean of Social Sciences (1998-201). She had productive stints as the Director, Centre for Nepal Studies and Director, Centre for Integrated Rural Development and as an Adjunct Professor at the Malaviya Centre for Peace Research. Professor Upadhyaya did post-doctoral research at the London School of Economics and Political Science and subsequently worked as the Research Director at the UN University Institute of Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity in the UK. She worked internationally in the many prestigious institutions:  Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Brown University; Scholar -in -Residence at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC and Fulbright Professor at the Wellesley College in the USA. She also held Indian Council for Cultural Relations Chair at Tribhuvan
University and later at the Dublin University in 2017.  Professor Upadhyaya has published on varied critical themes of political science and international relations in such leading press as Manchester University Press, Mc Millan, Cambridge University Press and Routledge. Currently she serves as the Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at MIT World PeaceUniversity, a seat of UNESCO Chair in Pune.

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