Canadian scholar, Jeffrey Armstrong has been awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Distinguished Indologist for 2021. He has presented the award in a ceremony by Manish, India’s consul-general in Vancouver. The citation for the award states that it has been conferred upon Armstrong “in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the study/teaching/research in India’s philosophy, thought, history, art, culture, Indian languages, literature, civilisation, society, etc”. He becomes the seventh recipient of this award and joins the earlier recipients from Germany, China, Japan, the UK, South Korea and the USA.
About the ICCR Distinguished Indologist for 2021:
- The annual award was instituted in 2015 during the First World Indology Conference hosted by the then President of India bringing prominent Indologists from the world over to a single platform with Indian scholars to deliberate upon the scope of promoting Indian studies abroad.
- The award is conferred upon a foreign scholar for “their outstanding contribution in the study, teaching and research in any of the fields of Indian Studies”.
- The first recipient of the award in 2015 was Professor Heinrich Freiherr Von Stietencron from Germany.
- The award comprises a citation, a gold-plated medallion, and US$ 20,000 (approximately ₹1.6 million).