Ved Kumari Ghai

Ved Kumari Ghai is a sanskrit scholar from India. She was a head of Sanskrit department in the Jammu University.

Early lifeEdit

She was born on 16 December 1931, in Pratap Mohallah, Jammu. She completed her school education in Jammu. She completed MA in Sanskrit from Punjab University in 1953 and MA in Ancient Indian History and Culture in 1958 and PhD in Sanskrit in 1960 from Banaras Hindu University. She married to Ram Pratap who is also Sanskrit scholar.[1]


She started her career as a professor of Sanskrit at Government College for Women, Parade, Jammu. She was a head of post graduate level Sanskrit Department, Jammu University until her retirement on 31 December 1991. She taught Panini’s Sanskrit grammar and literature at the Institute of Indian Studies, Copenhagen University, Denmark in 1966–67 and 1978–80. She is a scholar in Dogri language and also knows Hindi. She is also involved in social work.[1] She is a member of the Amarnath shrine board.[2]


The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Shri Award to Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on March 31, 2014
  • Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2014.[3]
  • Certificate of Honour by President of India for her scholarship in Sanskrit.[1]
  • Gold Medal in 1995 by Jammu and Kashmir Government for social work.[1]
  • President’s Award for Sanskrit in 1997.[1]
  • Dogra Ratan award in 2005, lifetime achievement award in 2009 and Stri Shakti Puraskara in 2010.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Sanskrit is soul of India's heritage". Daily Excelsior. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Amarnath shrine board reconstituted with six new members". The Times of India. 7 January 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Announced". Press Information Bureau, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Archived from the original on 8 February 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.