“Sharan was drawn to Georgetown by its commitment to interreligious student formation, and by the vibrancy of the university’s Hindu community,” Rev Gray said in a blog post. The university has some 400 Hindu university and faculty members.
From its foundation in 1789, Georgetown, the nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, has been open to students of every religious tradition, he wrote.
Sharan is a Senior Monk at Shri Golok Dham Ashram (Vrindavan and New Delhi) where he was initiated in 2003. He subsequently completed ritual training at the Vishwanath Sannyas Ashram in both Varanasi and Delhi. Since completing his PhD in Sanskrit at Edinburgh in 2015, Sharan has also served as Lecturer of Asian Religions at Cardiff University in Wales and Senior Teaching Fellow in Sanskrit at the University of London in England.
Sharan has been a major contributor to interfaith initiatives across the UK and is a Patron of the Hindu Forum of Europe, Gray said.
Notably, Sharan is Georgetown University’s second Hindu chaplain. Pratima Dharan, the first Hindu chaplain resigned in January 2015 after three months of working at the university. The Georgetown University Hindu Students Association welcomed the appointment of first full-time Director for Hindu Life in Campus Ministry.”We are so thankful and appreciative of all the hard work and dedication that went into making this possible (both on behalf of the university and our fellow Hindu students),” the association said.