Institute for Social and Economic Change

Giridhari Lal Pandit


Chairs/Visiting Faculty


Visiting Professor, Institute for Social and Economic Change

Born in the village Saelia (Saely, in Kashmiri), Anantnag, South of Kashmir Valley, on the 27th May 1945, Giridhari Lal Pandit received his school education (1949-1959) at the Government High School Doru, Anantnag, Kashmir University: Srinagar. Pandit studied Mathematics, Economics, Sanskrit History, Geography and Hindi at the Government Intermediate College Anantnag, Kashmir University: Srinagar (1959-1961). He then studied Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Ethics, Hindi and English Literature at the Government Sri Pratap College Srinagar, Kashmir (1961-1963), earning a B. A. Degree in 1963. In July 1963, Giridhari Lal Pandit was admitted by the University of Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, as a student of M.A. (Philosophy) in the Department of Philosophy and Psychology.





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In 1965, Pandit was awarded ―Dr. Cameron Devi Dayal Misra Gold Medal‖ by the University of Lucknow in recognition of his earning the M. A. Degree in Philosophy with distinction, securing the First Position in order of merit. In November 1965, Pandit won a Doctoral Fellowship at the Central University of Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, Bolpur, West Bengal, the world famous university founded by the poet-seer Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore. In 1972, Visva- Bharati awarded Pandit the Ph. D degree in Philosophy at its Annual Convocation that was presided over by the then Prime Minister of India Mrs. Indira Gandhi, herself a former student of Visva Bharati, in her capacity as the Chancellor of the University.

In August 1969, Pandit was appointed by the University of Delhi as Lecturer in Philosophy at the St. Stephen’s College. Following an offer from Visva-Bharati in 1971, he left the University of Delhi to join Visva-Bharati as Lecturer in Philosophy in March 1971. In 1973, the University of Delhi offered Giridhari Lal Pandit a teaching position in the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. In July 1974, Pandit finally joined that Department as Lecturer in Philosophy. In 1980, Giridhari Lal Pandit became Associate Professor in the Philosophy of Science and Philosophical Methodology at the University of Delhi. In January 1988, Pandit was appointed as Professor of Philosophy by the University of Delhi South Campus in the Department of Philosophy against a regular sanctioned post of Professor.

Beginning 1985, Giridhari Lal Pandit was awarded a Post-Doctoral Fellowship: 1986-1987 by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany, for doing research in the Philosophy of the Sciences (Wissenschaftstheorie) at the Freie Universitaet Berlin (then West Berlin) and Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, with Prof. Dr. Lorenz Krueger and Prof. Dr. Erhard Scheibe as his Humboldt Host Professors, respectively. Since the year 1985 Pandit has been in active research collaboration with the German Colleagues in different disciplines at many Universities, particularly the University of Heidelberg, the Technische Universitaet Berlin and the Freie Universitaet Berlin. Moreover, he has been regularly invited by the leading Universities in Germany, Austria, France and Netherlands, participating in the international scientific events in Europe.

Pandit teaches and works in the fields of philosophy of environment, environmental realism (Umweltrealismus), international political economy of the environment, ethics in public domain, ethical issues of bio-medical research, philosophy of ecology, methodology of science, epistemology and twentieth century analytic philosophy. He has been a Visiting Professor at several Universities/Institutes including the University of Vienna (SS1996), University of Poitiers, France (SS1995), Foundation Maison des Science de L´home de Paris (1995-1996) and Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok (2000, 2001, 2004).

Giridhari Lal Pandit
Visiting Professor
Institut for Social and Economic Change
Dr. V.K.R.V. Rao Road, Nagarabhavi, Bangalore – 560072, India

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