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NU hosts the 14th Annual Lecture by Pavan K Varma - Diplomat, Statesman and Author
The year 2009 marked a significant event with the notification of the NIIT University (NU) by the government of Rajasthan. This historic event was celebrated on November 15, 2009 when Dr Karan Singh, Chairperson, NU delivered the First Lecture at the University Campus in Neemrana. The Annual Lecture has since become a tradition at NU. Thirteen Annual Lectures have been delivered till now. Mr Pavan K Varma delivered the 14th Annual Lecture on Saturday, 26th November 2022 at NU campus. The topic of the lecture was “Who Are We (Our identity : Timeless and Contemporary)”. The event began at 11:00 am.
Pavan K Varma is a writer-diplomat and now in politics, where he was till recently an MP in the Rajya Sabha and earlier Advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar. Author of over a dozen best-selling books including Ghalib: The Man, The Times; The Great Indian Middle Class; The Book of Krishna; Being Indian; Becoming Indian; and Chanakya’s New Manifesto, he has been Ambassador to several countries including Bhutan, Director of The Nehru Centre in London, Offi¬cial Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Director General, ICCR, and Press Secretary to the President of India.
Author of over a dozen best-selling books, Pavan K Varma was conferred an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to the fields of diplomacy, literature, culture and aesthetics by the University of Indianapolis in 2005. In 2018 he was conferred an Honorary Doctorate by Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management for his book ‘Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker’ (Westland-Amazon). This book has also won the Atta Galatta-Bengaluru Literature Festival prize for the Best Book of Non-Fiction for the year 2018. In 2012 Pavan K Varma was conferred Bhutan’s highest civilian Award, the Druk Thuksey, by His Majesty the King of Bhutan. Mr Varma has received the Kalinga International Literary Award 2019. Mr Varma is a popular columnist and a well-known TV Commentator. Mr Varma’s latest book is ‘The Great Hindu Civilisation: Achievement, Neglect, Bias and the Way Forward’ (Westland-Amazon).