Professor A.K. Narain, an internationally acclaimed researcher and teacher was born in 1925 at Gaya in Bihar. He took a Post Graduate Degree in Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology from Banaras Hindu University in 1947 securing the first position in the University and claiming the Dayaram Sahni Gold Medal. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University in 1954.
Professor Narain in his long association with his Alma Mater has held many prestigious academic and administrative posts. He has been the Manindra Chandra Nandi Professor of AIHC & Archaeology; Head of the Department of AIHC & Archaeology; Principal, College of Indology; Dean, Faculty of Arts and Director of Archaeological Excavations and Explorations Programme.
Professor Narain has also been Visiting Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Visiting Professor, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota; Visiting Professor, Visvabharati; Fellow, Institute of Research in Humanities, University of Wisconsin; Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and Visiting Fellow at Columbia University and New York University.
Professor Narain was the Professor of History and South Asian Studies and Chairperson of the Buddhist Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is presently holding the prestigious assignment of Professor Emeritus of History and of Languages and Cultures of Asia at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Narain is the Founder Director of Bhikkhu. J. Kashyap .Institute of Buddhist and Asian Studies.
He is the recipient of many notable awards, and research grants including the Holkar Fellowship, Chakravikrama Gold Medal, Rockfeller Grant, Ford Foundation grant and Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the Life Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, London; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Honorary Member of the International Association of Buddhist studies.
Professor Narain has published over one hundred articles & reviews on topics related to history, polity, art, archaeology, anthropology, iconography, epigraphy and paleography, numismatics and religion in various national and international journals.
Professor Narainís dedication, commitment and hard work has inspired generations of students in their quest for excellence.
(Professor Panjab Singh)