Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Cultural Leadership

Dr. Pankaj Saxena

Dr. Pankaj Saxena

Associate Professor and Director of Centre for Cultural Leadership

Biography

Dr. Pankaj Saxena is an author who writes about Arts, Aesthetics, Culture, Literature and Hindu Temple Architecture. He has visited more than 600 ancient Hindu temples and studied many of them deeply. He is also deeply interested in cultural anthropology, evolutionary biology and natural history. He has been writing articles, research papers and reviews in online and print newspapers and magazines for the past few years like Indiafacts, Swarajya, Indic Today, Sirf News etc. He has authored two books so far. He currently works at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University, Ahmedabad, which is working for ‘restoring the dharmic foundation of India’. He is the editor of Indic Varta – the literary magazine of the Centre for Indic Studies.

He completed PhD from Jiwaji University in English on the topic of “Pagan Symbols in Harry Potter”. He has done an IIT Bombay Project on Hindu temples.

At the CIS he has been responsible for organizing and conducting various Talks of the greatest scholars of Indic culture and civilization. Along with that he has also contributed to the creation of Indic Courses, where the attempt is made to shift Indian academia online, anticipating the course of the future academia.

Work On Hindu Temple Architecture

Pankaj Saxena has a deep interest in Hindu temple architecture and it is his passion to bring all Hindu temples of architectural, cultural and historical importance on the cultural tourist map of India. He wants to make the institution of the Hindu temple a more widely understood institution than it is today. For this purpose, he has personally visited around 600 Hindu temples across India and documented their photographic evidence. He has authored two books, related to the subject, so far:

  • Siddhagiri – The Math of Kaneri”: a history of the Lingayat Math in Kolhapur.
  • Morena: An Architectural Wonder”: an illustrated book about the architectural idioms of Hindu temples of Morena.

Curriculum Building, Content Creation

Pankaj Saxena has been working at Centre for Indic Studies, Indus University since April 2016. In this department he has been responsible for organizing and conducting various Talks of the greatest scholars of Indic culture and civilization. Along with that he has also contributed to the creation of Indic Courses, where the attempt is made to shift Indian academia online, anticipating the course of the future. He has played a critical role in the following activities of the department:

  • Indic Talks – Indic Talks is a window into the most burning issues of our times from Indic perspective. It is a platform to connect with the finest thinkers, visionaries, activists, gurus and leaders working for Indic Renaissance. These short talks aim to provide a fresh, concise and scholarly overview of the most profound issues of our time. These Talks have educated and empowered sincere seekers about the core areas of our civilization. 
  • Indic Courses – At Indic Courses we are taking back our Education from our civilizational enemies and laying foundations of an Indic Knowledge System. They are online certified courses designed to provide an ‘insider perspective’ about various branches of Indian Knowledge System. With Indic Courses, we want to create a parallel academia to restore the dharmic narrative of India, and then establish it as the mainstream academia. 

Indic Varta – From being an exporter of knowledge, India has become an importer of ideologies. To regain our former glory it is necessary to produce original research, as well as re-connect our youth to the gems of the past. This is the purpose of Indic Varta – the literary magazine of Centre for Indic Studies. Indic Varta is the responsibility of Pankaj Saxena. He has been running it successfully for the past year. Some of the greatest authors of our era have contributed to this magazine under his editorship.

Education

  • PhD , Jiwaji University (2012)
  • UGC - NET/JRF June (2009)
  • MA (English Literature) , Jiwaji University, Gwalior (2007)
  • BA Hons. (English Literature), Jiwaji University, Gwalior (2005)

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor - Indus University, Ahmadabad (2016 - 2020)
  • Associate Director - Samvad Media Publications (2012 - 2016)
  • Research Wing Head - India Inspires, Bhopal (2011 - 2012)
  • Translation and Communication Skills Faculty - MCNUJC, Bhopal (2010 - 2011)
  • Communication Skills Faculty - PGV College , Gwalior (2009 - 2010)
  • Communication Skills Faculty - Government Polytechnic College, Morena (2008 - 2009)

List of Published Books

  • Towards a Better India: An Initiative from Sedam - Social History - (2016)
  • Morena: An Architectural Splendor - History and Architecture (2015)
  • Shri Kshetra Siddhagiri Matha - History - (2014)