Pintu Kumar

Fulbright Visiting Scholar 2015–2016

Gibson Hall, S-354

Education

  • Ph.D. (History of Religious Education): Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2013
  • Thesis: Education in Ancient Magadha: A Study of Gurukulas and Mahāvihāras
  • Advisors: Prof. Deepak Kumar from Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies and Prof. Vijaya Ramaswamy from Centre for Historical Studies
  • M.Phil. (History of Religious Education): Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2008 
  • Dissertation: Early Indian Education: A Critical Study of the Ancient Nālandā University
  • Advisors: Prof. Deepak Kumar from Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies and Prof. Vijaya Ramaswamy from Centre for Historical Studies
  • M.A. (Ancient History): Jawaharlal Nehru University, 2006
  • B.A. (History): Patna University, 2003

Research Interests

Ancient Indian History and Culture

South Asian Religions

Hinduism and Buddhism

History of Education

Buddhist Education System

Brāhmaṇical Learning System

Buddhist Monastery and Monks

Monastic Organization and Life

Travel and Heritage History

Religion and Education

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Motilal Nehru College (Eve), Delhi University, New Delhi, India

Papers Taught 

History of India up to Eighth Century AD

History of the United States of America: 1776-1945

Indian History and Culture

Integrated Body, Mind and Heart

History of India: Eighth to Eighteenth Century AD

Environmental Issues in India

Issues in World History: The Twentieth Century AD

History of the Modern World

Book

I am also working on my first book entitled, “The Ancient Nālandā Mahāvihāra: An Institution of Buddhist Learning in South Asia”, which is an interdisciplinary study broadly related to South Asian history, Buddhism and education. It describes the neglected history of education in the Indian subcontinent, i.e. Buddhist and monastic modes of learning. It is the first book devoted to the complete survey of Nālandā Mahāvihāra from the perspective of its educational curricula, but one that does not leave aside its religious orientation. Simultaneously, it also presents an alternative interpretation to nationalist and popular notions about Nālandā as an international university and proves that it was at its core an institution of Buddhist learning and a monastery focused on the study and promotion of Buddhism.

Articles

Article “Cultural Life at Nālandā University” The ICFAI University Journal of History and Culture, Vol. IV, Nos. 1 & 2, January & April 2010, pp. 96-118, Hyderabad, India, ISSN: 0973-8517.

Article “The Ancient Nālandā Mahāvihāra: The Beginning of Institutional Education”, Journal of the World University Forum, Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 65-79, Illinois, USA, ISSN: 1835-2030.