||Dr. Pramod Pathak|
|Duration of Fellowship||September 2023 to August 2024|
|Research Project||Evolving New Rational – Tarka – तर्क To Interprete The Vedic Texts|
|About:Dr. Pramod Pathak is basically a professional Chemical Engineer. He completed his. M. Tech. (Chemical Engineering) from I. I. T. Mumbai. Then he joined I.I.T. Mumbai as a Research Associate. After three years, he shifted to chemical industry. He has more than two decades of industrial research and production experience. He was on professional assignment to USA for 6 years. Then he shifted to the field of Solar and Alternative Energy Resources. He was with the Goa Energy Development Agency from 2013 – 2017. He developed a household gadget for solar water disinfection for a family type unit. He was also Chairman of the Goa State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority.
In 1980s he developed keen interest in the Vedic literature. He got registered as Ph. D. student with the Indological Research Institute associated with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai. He received his Ph. D. in the year 1992 from the Mumbai University. His doctoral topic was –
Indra – Vr̥tra Myth in the R̥gveda and its Interpretation with Reference to the Tectonic Upheavals in the Indus River Valley Region
Short summary of the Ph. D topic – “In the R̥gveda text the demon Vr̥tra was the archenemy of the Supreme God Indra. Vr̥tra was perceived as a serpent – ahi and cloud - megha. He proposed Ahi- Vr̥tra to be a loosely formed earthen bund formed due to tectonic upheavals in the Indus Valley region. It was breached by hydrostatic pressure upstream, physical efforts and certainly not by rains”.
Abridged version of his Ph. D. thesis was published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai “Indra-Vritra Myth and Tectonic upheavals” (2001).
In continuation of his Vedic studies, he went into the Indo-Iranian textual studies correlating the R̥gveda text and the Indo-Iranian texts from the point of “Geo-Cultural Scenario”. He was also interested in the Indus Culture. He found a clue to understand and interpret some Indus Culture seals as pictorial representations of the Atharva Vedic hymns. He published his research in Indological journals of repute. He has presented research papers at many national and international conferences and chaired sessions. He has contributed articles for the encyclopaedia.
During his stay in USA he worked as a Visiting Professor at the University of Houston. He covered the subject of Indian History and culture. He was also invited to deliver series of lectures by the Vedānta Society, Oklahoma. He was invited for the Interfaith Meets held in USA to speak on Hinduism. He was a founder member of the Gandhi Library, Houston. He was invited in India and USA to deliver lectures on the Vedic literature and the Indus Culture. In 2012 he delivered Shah Memorial Lecture series at the Oriental Institute, Vadodara, Gujarat, on the topic of Vedic entities, their nature and the Indus Culture seals. It was subsequently published under the title, “Vedic Entities and Identities”.
During COVID times he conducted online classes in Indology and the Indus Culture for the BHISHMA Institute, Pune.
As an INFOSYS scholar – He was INFOSYS scholar at the Bhandarker Oriental Research Institute, Pune from Apr. 2022 to Sept 2022. He worked on the topic of “The Dragon Myth in the R̥gveda and its Global Perspective”. He has submitted his research findings to BORI. The book is in print.
Study tour to Azerbaijan – The Mythic Society, Bengaluru, sponsored him on a study tour to Azerbaijan from May 10th to May 25th 2023. He went to study the Hindu - Indo-Iranian pilgrimage centre near Baku and the northern branch of the Silk route passing through Azerbaijan. He has submitted the tour report to the Mythic Society and will be published in due course of time.
He was regular columnist for many dailies and magazines on the cultural topics. He has to his credit hundreds of articles.