Peace, just and sustainable, which is the basis of
a secure and happy life for all humans.
To build a centre of scholarly excellence and creativity,
known for its engagement with policy and its commitment
to collaborative endeavour.
Trust was established in 2006 as a public charitable
trust. It was registered under section 12AA of the
Income Tax Act 1961 (695/06-07). The Prajnya Trust
PAN is AABTT4334M.
2007, the Trust launched Prajnya Initiatives for Peace,
Justice and Security, a public policy research centre.
Donations to Prajnya from 01-04-2008
to 31-03-2011 qualify for deduction under Section
80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961 as per I.T. Dept.
Notification DIT (E) No. 2(573)2006-07 dated 26-09-2008.
IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING.... OR EVEN IF YOU WEREN'T, FYI
WHY HERE AND WHY NOW?
The launch of Prajnya follows from our belief that:
Scholarship, beyond its innate pleasures and intrinsic
value, must benefit humanity in some way.
The marriage of scholarship and policy need not deprive
one of its contemplative depth and the other of its
immediacy and receptivity to the imperatives of the
Multiple intellectual approaches and a variety of
expressive forms are essential to the scholarly enterprise.
Collaboration and cooperative action are the key to
effectiveness and change.
Location and identity alter perspective on what constitute
security and insecurity, what peace is sustainable
and what solutions are just.
WHY THIS NAME?
Prajnya is a word with great resonance for many South
In Sanskrit, it is used to mean wisdom, intelligence,
knowledge, discrimination or judgment.
To Hindus, it signifies the arts and eloquence as
personified by Saraswati, the goddess of learning.
To Buddhists, it signifies true, transcendental wisdom
as explicated in the Prajñaparamita.
The Tamil equivalent, Praggnyai, is translated as
aspire to bring these qualities to our work and to
PRAJNYA, VIS-A-VIS OUR COLLEAGUES
We see and seek common ground with our colleagues,
but hold our own in terms of the perspective we bring
to work on common issues and in our commitment to
public outreach, including children.
We see our greatest contribution as lying in the creation
of knowledge assets and in the forging of the attitudinal
infrastructure of a peaceful and democratic society.
WHY YET ANOTHER...?
Because civil society’s engagement with peace,
justice and security issues cannot be limited to a
Because a plurality of perspectives is the foundation
and multi-media source?
Because teaching, advocacy and communication bring
learning to fruit.
Because communication, networking and community-building
is an essential part of the Prajnya vision.