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Saturday 3 April 2010

Columbia Univ to have an Ambedkar Chair

[This article is published in Times of India,  referenced at this link , at  the time of posting of this article...]

Columbia Univ to have an Ambedkar Chair

NEW YORK: Columbia University has instituted a chair in constitutional law in the name of B R Ambedkar and two Jagdish Bhagwati Fellowships after India's renowned economist who presently teaches at the university.

"This initiative adds an important dimension to Columbia University's long and illustrious association with India," Meera Shankar, India's ambassador to the US, said.

"This chair commemorates one of the great leaders of India in the 20th century and one of this university's eminent alumni, Ambedkar," she added.

Ambedkar was a student of the renowned philosopher and psychologist John Dewey at Columbia University, where he came after receiving a scholarship from the Maharaja of Baroda.

He earned an MA and a PhD from Columbia and obtained a DSc at the London School of Economics. Ambedkar later recounted that at Columbia he experienced social equality for the first time, according to the school records. 

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