Gandhinagar, April 4: The President of India Pranab Mukherjee presented Padma Shri award to Guest Professor at Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (IITGN) Prof Michel Danino at the Civil Investiture Ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on March 30, 2017.
The fourth highest civilian award in India was given to Prof Danino, a French-born Indian citizen, for his contribution towards Literature & Education.
Prof Danino said, “While I feel deeply honored, the award has also evoked in me a stronger feeling of responsibility and commitment to contribute to what I have been pursuing in last 40 years.”
His pursuit of understanding the purpose and meaning of life brought Prof Danino from France to India in 1977 who was, then, pursuing electrical engineering in France. At the age of 21, Prof Danino left behind his career and family and moved to Tamil Nadu to follow his passion for ancient Indian civilization.
Prof Danino has been a Guest Professor at IITGN since 2011, where he has been teaching courses which give a broad panorama of Indian culture and civilization. He played a key role in establishing the Archaeological Sciences Centre at IIT Gandhinagar.
Prof Danino participated in the translation and publication of the works of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. He has also been engaged in the preservation of the tropical rainforest in the Nilgiri Hills. In 2001, he convened the International Forum for India’s Heritage (IFIH) with the mission of promoting the essential values of India’s heritage in every field of life.