Mukherji is the 'Vivekananda Professor' of Ideological studies
and research at Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture,
Kolkata, which is recognized as one of the strongest cultural
centre in the country. Prof. Mukherji is widely recognized
across the world for his role in spreading the message of
Sanskrit learning and Indian culture. He is also recognized
as a social activist, implementing plans intended to serve
the society, particularly in the field of education and
Born on January 1, 1928, Prof. Mukherji received his
Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calcutta
in 1944 and obtained Master's degree in Sanskrit from the
same University in 1946. Later, he obtained Ph. D. in 1953
from the University of Calcutta, followed by the degree
of Doctor of Literature fromjadavpur University in 1964.
Occupying the position of Lecturer in some of the colleges
affiliated to the University of Calcutta, Prof. Mukherji
joined the Department of Sanskrit at Jadavpur University
in 1956 and soon became the Professor and Head of Department.
Under his leadership, the Department of Sanskrit became
a globally respected Department in the entire University
system of the country. After remaining associated with the
Department of Sanskrit of Jadavpur University for fifteen
years, Prof. Mukherji joined the University of Burdwan as
its Vice-Chancellor in 1970 and continued in that position
till 1984. Thereafter, his services were requisitioned by
the Government of West Bengal for providing leadership to
Rabindra Bharati University, Calcutta, where he continued
till 1987. During his association with the University system
of the country as Vice-Chancellor of two universities, Prof.
Mukherji became a member of the Standing Committee of the
Association of Indian Universities as also the Executive
Committee of the Association of the Commonwealth Universities
and rose to the position of the President of the Association
of Indian Universities.
As a social activist, Prof. Mukherji has been instrumental
in establishment of a number of educational institutions
in the country.These include, Sri SitaramVaidic Adarsha
Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya,- an oriental college affiliated
to Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University); Birbhum
Institute of Engineering and Technology, Birbhum; Calcutta
Institute of Engineering and Management, Kolkata, as also
a law college affiliated to the University of Calcutta.
Prof. Mukherji has penned a number of books, including
Literary Criticism in Ancient India, Comparative Aesthetics:
Indian & Western, Global Aesthetics and Sanskrit Poetics,
Sri Aurobindo on Vedic Deities and Indian Tradition: Its
Prof. Mukherji is recipient of a number of awards and
honours. He has been conferred a number of Doctorate degrees
by several well-known universities in India. Soka Gakkai
International University of Japan conferred on him Hiroshima
Peace Award. He has also been conferred Certificate of Honour
by the President of India in recognition of his significant
contribution to the field of Sanskrit studies. The Govt,
of Uttar Pradesh has honoured him with 'Visva-Bharati' Award
for his contribution to the field of Sanskrit Literature
and Indian Culture.
The president of India had been pleased to confer the National Award of Padmashree in January, 2010 in recognition to his excellent contribution to the field of education. But unfortunately, he did not receive the award personally as he left this mortal world on 13th March, 2010 after a brief illness.
A Memorial Committee has been constituted to preserve his ever-lasting memory in the minds of the country men with his admirers, students, relatives and well wishers. One book, paying homage to his unfading memory, has been published on 1st January 2011, the first birthday after his departure by the committee. On 13th March, 2011, the first day of his disappearance after one year, one book containing his own written Bengali poem has been published by the Tirupati Rastriya Sanskrit Vidyapith (Deemed University) in memory of their be-loved chancellor. Several dreams and proposal have been adopted to preserve his signing memories in the year to come.
The Commemorate books are:
- Hey Mahajibana ( in Bengali )
- Kabita Sangraha ( in Bengali )
These books are available at Baikuntha Dham, 107, Southern Avenue, Kolkata – 700 029
Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukhopadhyay (0 94340 27077)
Dr. Suresh Kumar Banerjee (0 99338 26211)