To understand the universe and to seek individual and collective welfare, man has had recourse to the ways of knowledge and action; knowledge verified in the course of action and providing the impetus for further knowledge. Towards this end, men have adopted two distinct approaches: one based on science and the other based on intuition gained from the disciplining and chanelising of the human psyche. These seemingly distinct approaches have stimulated modern minds to undertake deeper study of both with a view to establishing a meaningful relationship between the two approaches.

The essence of all religions is the same, only their approaches are different.

--Mahatma Gandhi


The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan embarked upon in 1977, a new project, “ANCIENT INSIGHTS AND MODERN DISCOVERIES (AIMD)” with the object of examining and evaluating critically the possible inter-relationships or correlations between ancient intellectual endeavours, specially of India, and modern scientific thoughts and achievements.

This new project functioned in three wings:

  •   Science and Technology
  •   Life and Health Science
  •   Science and Spirituality

While considerable work has already been attempted in the first two wings, the third wing for which a Centre for the synthesis of science and spirituality had been proposed was delayed for want of adequate support.

Fifteen years ago, eminent Scientists and Sanskritists began to take fresh and renewed interest in this project and offered to associate themselves actively in promoting a Centre with definite objectives. The plan to set up such a Centre got further impetus through thr munificence of Shri Ramakrishna Bajaj who offered generous support for starting the Centre.

It was thought appropriate to name the Centre after MAHATMA GANDHI and found it as a JAMNALAL BAJAJ CENTENARY PROJECT. Some elders of the country like Swami Ranganathanandaji,Bharataratna Sri C.Subramaniam, Sri S.Ramakrishnan, Dr.N.A.Palkhivala and Dr.Raja Ramanna sat around and discussed the issue thread bare and felt the need of starting a new Institution under the auspices of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. This was to be a constituent unit of the Bhavan and named “BHAVAN'S GANDHI CENTRE OF SCIENCE AND HUMAN VALUES”. The institution had to come into grips with the modern science and technology with ancient Indian tradition. After all, Gandhiji was never reluctant to the advancement of science and technology as long as it was in the services of the common man, the poor and the downtrodden. Scientific temper had to be infused into him to help make him modern in his outlook and behaviour, banishing superstition, illiteracy and stagnation.

Founders of Gandhi Centre

Swami Ranganathananda

C . Subramaniam

Nani Palikvala

S. Ramakrishnan

Ramakrishna Bajaj

Chairmen of Gandhi Centre

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Eminent Nuclear Scientist, former Director, BARC

Chairman of Gandhi Centre From :
03-11-1989 To 17-06-2004

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Dr. B.V.Sreekantan

Eminent Scientist, former Director, TIFR

Chairman of Gandhi Centre From :
17-06-2004 To 02-05-2019

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Shri Pascal Alan (P.A.)Nazareth

Ambassador of India (Retd)

Chairman of Gandhi Centre From :
02-05-2019 To 26-11-2021

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Shri Chiranjiv Singh

IAS(Retd) Former Ambassador to UNESCO

Chairman of Gandhi Centre From :
30-11-2021 To Present Date

Hon. Directors of the Gandhi Centre

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Dr. H.K.Ranganath

Former Director, AIR & Media Specialist

Hon. Director of the Gandhi Centre From :
1993 To 23-02-2003

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Dr. S.Balachandra Rao

Former Principal & Mathematician

Hon. Director of the Gandhi Centre From :
14-01-2004 To 31-05-2019

Dr. Raja Ramanna

Dr. Meenakumari Deshpande

Former Professor & Editor, CWMG(Kannada)

Hon. Director of the Gandhi Centre From :
01-06-2019 To Present Date




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