Govind Chandra Pande
Govind Chandra Pande (Hindi: गोविन्द चन्द्र पाण्डे) (July 30, 1923 – May 22, 2011) was a well-known Indian historian of the Vedic and the Buddhist periods. He served a professor of ancient history and vice-chancellor at Jaipur and Allahabad universities. He was also the chairman of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla for several years, the Chairman of Allahabad Museum Society and the Chairman of Central Tibetan Society, Sarnath Varanasi. OTHER POSITIONS: Member, Committee for the Review of the Work of the UGC (1975 77); Member, National Commission of Cooperation with Unesco (1982 84); Member, Board of Governors, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath (till 1996); Member, Board of Governors, S.S.S. Institute of Higher Learning, Prasantinilayam (1981 84); Member, Executive Council, BHU (1982 85); ICHR (1987 93); ICPR (1988 91); Member, Societe Asiatique De Paris, Indian Historical Records Commission, Indian Advisory Board of Archaeology, Editorial Board of the U .P. Gaztters, the Council of Shastri, Indo-Canadian Institute, the Council of the American Institute of Indian Studies. He started his professional career as a lecturer in Allahabad University in 1947. He also was Reader in the Department of Ancient
History, Culture and Archaeology till 1957 and was promoted as Dean, Faculty of Arts. Pande rejoined the Allahabad University in 1978 as Vice-Chancellor after a gap of 20 years and held the office till his retirement in 1984. During 1984-88 he was Visiting Gaekwad Professor at BHU. He was the first National Fellow of ICHR from 1985-86 and was the President cum Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. Presently he is the Chairman of the Allahabad Museum Society and the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, and Editorial Fellow, Project in Indian History of Science, and Philosophy and Culture.
He edited several volumes of ancient history in Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture.
His most recent work (in June 2008) was a translation and explanation of the Rigveda in Hindi that has been published by Lokbharti Booksellers and Distributors, Allahabad (under the aegis of Lokbharti proprietor Mr. Dinesh Chandra Grover). This is the first of a four-part series, and covers the third, fourth and fifth mandalas of the sacred text and is generally dedicated to Agni - the sacred fire. This volume also has the translation of the sacred Gayatri Mantra.
- Life and Thought of Sankaracharya (1998)
- Bauddha Dharma ke Vikas ka Itihas (बौद्ध धर्म के विकास का इतिहास)
- Apohasiddhi (अपोहसिद्धि)
- Nyayavindu (न्यायबिन्दु)
- Mulya Mimamsa (मूल्य मीमांसा) (2005)
- Vaidik Samskriti (वैदिक संस्कृति)
- Studies in the Origins of Buddhism
- The Meaning and Process of Culture
- Rigveda (ऋग्वेद) (2008) (Published by Lokbharti Booksellers and Distributors, Allahabad)
Various honorary degrees and awards have been bestowed on him e.g. D. Litt (Honoris Causa, BHU, 2001); Vidya Varidhi, (Naves Nalanda Mahavihara, 1981) equivalent to D. Litt; Sahitya Vachaspati (Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad); Maha Mahopadhyaya (Lal Bahadur Shastri Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth, New Delhi 1999); Vakpati, Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath, 1998; Sansthana Samman (Hindi Sansthan, Lucknow); Manisha Sammana,(Bharatiya Bhasa Parishad, Kolkata); Mangala Prasad Award, Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Allahabad; the Darsana Vijnana Award; and the Naresh Mehta Award, and Padma Shri (2010). History, Philosophy, Culture: Revisiting Professor G C Pandes Thought and Works (2010), published by Aryan Books International, edited by Sibesh Chandra Bhattacharya, is a collection of essays which serves as a suitable introduction to Pandes in depth interest and expertise. The volume provides useful insights into his mind and thoughts as well, reflects his variety of scholarship covering widely diverse fields. History, a fair glimpse of the wide reach of his value of work, is a great tribute to a multi faceted scholar.