|Born||1 January 1959|
|Occupation||Writer, columnist, political scientist|
Ravindra Kumar (born 1959) is a Political Scientist, Peace Educator, an Indologist, a Humanist, Cultural Anthropologist, Gandhian Thinker, and a Former Vice-Chancellor of CCS University, Meerut (India). Currently he is an Ombudsman of Swami Vivekananda Subharati University, Meerut and the editor-in-chief of Global Peace International Journal. He has written more than one hundred books and four hundred articles on greatest personalities of the Indian sub-continent, especially Gautama Buddha, Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and on various social, political, educational, cultural and academic issues to his credit.
Born in 1959 at Kakrauli village of Muzaffarnagar district in Uttar Pradesh, India, he is M. A. in Political Science & Philosophy, PGD in Gandhian Studies, Ph. D. and D. Lit.
A well-known Indologist and the former Vice-Chancellor of CCS University Meerut, India, Kumar has been associated with several national and international academic, cultural, educational, peace and social bodies/institutions/organizations. As an International Professor and a Cultural Ambassador of India, he has delivered more than four hundred lectures at various institutions and universities of the world on subjects related to Asian values, civilization, culture, Gandhian philosophy, Indology, international co-operation and understanding, leadership, way of life, women's empowerment, world peace, youth affairs etc.
As a Peace Worker, Kumar started Peace Review – an international journal of peace studies in 1998 and worked as its Editor-in-Chief. In 2001 he has started Global Peace –another international journal of philosophy, peace, education, culture and civilization. Besides, he has inspired hundred and thousands of people all over the world for their commitment towards non-violence by signing pledges.
Between 1993 and 2015 Ravindra Kumar has organised a number of seminars, symposiums and workshops at national and international level on subjects related to value education, religion and politics, non-violence and democracy, morality and ethics in public life, human values and rights, education, peace and development, Gandhian philosophy.
Religion and Word Peace (1993-2006), Morality and Ethics in Public Life (1999), Towards Peace, two-parts (2001-7), Theory and Practice of Gandhian Non-Violence (2002-7), Non-Violence and Its Philosophy (2003), Five Thousand Years of Indian Culture (2003), Fundamentals of Civilization (2006), Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Life, Works and Views (2005–12), Towards Buddha (2007), Gandhian Thought: New World, New Dimensions (2008), India and Mahatma Gandhi (2009–10), Peace Philosophy in Action (2010), Resolving Conflicts: The Gandhian Way (2011), Education, Peace and Development (2012), Gandhi in Current Perspective (2012), The Indian Way (2013), The Gandhian Way: A Universal Method of Resolving Conflicts (2013), Non-Violence and Peace Education, two-parts (2013), Facets of Education in Global Perspective (2013-5), Unveiling the Universality of Indology and Indian Philosophy (2015), Value and Peace Education (2016), Essays on Socio-Cultural Sensitization, Empowerment and Human Rights (2016), Sanatana Dharma –The Vedic-Hindu Jeevan Marg (2016), Gandhi Marg (2016), Gandhi’s Vision of the World in the Light of Indian Philosophy (2018) and Greatest Indians –a multi-volume series (2016-8).
Teacher, Department of Political Science, SD College, Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh (1982-3), Research Representative/Senior Research Officer, Sardar Patel National Memorial, Ahmedabad/Sardar Patel Works Committee, New Delhi (1985–90), Member Secretary and Chief Editor of Vithalbhai Patel Works Committee (1990–92), Vice Chancellor, CCS University, Meerut, India (1994), Visiting Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani Campus, Thailand (1996-2001), Visiting Professor/Scholar at more than one hundred Universities/Institutions of higher studies and research around the world including Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), Universities of Thammasat, Silpakorn, Mahidol, Kasetsart and Chulalongkorn (Thailand), Universities of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia Science, Penang (Malaysia), Universities of Mandalay and Yangon (Myanmar), Udayana University, Bali (Indonesia), Institute Kern, Leiden University (The Netherlands), Universities of Aalborg, Aarhus, NIAS Copenhagen and Odense (Denmark), St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Jaume-I University, Castellon (Spain), University of Torino (Italy), University of Vienna (Austria), North Florida University, Jacksonville, Florida (USA), Universities of Autonomic Latin-American, Antioquia, EAFIT, Pontificia Bolivariana and Externado de Colombia (Columbia), Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo –the UEES, Guayaquil (Ecuador, South America), University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban (South Africa)(1995-2019), Ombudsman, Swami Vivekananda Subharati University, Meerut, India (since 2013), Patron/Chairman, Director and Coordinator for international relations of many universities and institutions of higher studies and research in India and other countries of Asia.