The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, has awarded the Certificate of Honour to the following scholars of Sanskrit who are/were associated with the French Institute of Pondicherry :
- Shri S. Sambanda Sivacharya (IFP)
- Shri Francois Grimal (EFEO)
- Prof. Vempaty Kutumba Sastry (Vice-Chancellor, Sri Somanath Sanskrit University)
- Shri Filliozat Pierre Sylvain (EPHE)
The distinction is conferred once a year on the Independence Day, in recognition of substantial contribution in the field of Sanskrit, Persian, Arabic and Pali/Prakrit.
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