PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA, May 13, 2022 ( The Hindu Community Institute (HCI) today announced it had received funding for a new fellowship program from the Motwani Jadeja Foundation (MJF). Under the “MJF-HCI Chaplaincy Fellowships” program, tuition grants will be offered to qualified university faculty members, administrators, and others enrolling to become Hindu Chaplains at universities. In announcing the program, Dr. Kailash Joshi, HCI President said “this first of its kind fellowship program will fill a growing need for spiritual support, rooted in Hindu tradition and wisdom, on university campuses. Such support has been readily available for students from other major traditions on most campuses.” Ms. Asha Jadeja, President of MJF added that “a growing population of Hindu students born in the US has a particular need for guidance by trained chaplains. It is therefore very important for the community to support the training of university chaplains. MJF is very pleased to be a part of such a high-value program”.

Mr. Gaurav Rastogi, HCI Dean and Board member added “HCI is delighted to offer this unique university chaplaincy training program in cooperation with the prestigious Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at Berkeley. Under this program, interested university faculty, administrators, and other qualified candidates will be offered tuition fellowships for the online courses offered by The first three HCI graduates pursuing Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) at Graduate Theological Union: Ashis Khan, MSEE & graduate of IIT, Kharagpur; Usha Narasimhan, MBA; Neeti Soota, MS HCI and GTU respectively. The program will offer flexibility in schedule to allow applicants to complete their courses comfortably.” Inquiries about the fellowships may be addressed to

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