Kireet Joshi (b.1931), studied philosophy and law at the Bombay
University. He was selected for Indian Administrative Service in
1955. He resigned from the service in 1956 in order to devote
himself to the study and practice of the Integral Yoga of
SriAurobindo and the Mother at Pondicherry.
From 1956-1976, he
remained engaged in Yogic practice and intensive study of Sri
Aurobindo's and Mother's works as also vast literature of Indian and
Western Philosophy, history and culture. He was Registrar of the Sri
Aurobindo International Centre of Education, Sri Aurobindo Ashram,
Pondicherry, from 1958 to 1975, where he also taught integral
philosophy, integral psychology and Indian culture. He also
participated in radical
experiments in education under the direct guidance of the Mother.
In 1976, Prime
Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi requested Professor Kireet Joshi to
advise the government of India, particularly, to impart dimension of
value-education to the entire system. He was appointed Education
Advisor to the Government of India in 1976. Between 1976 and 1988,
he was founder Member-Secretary of Indian Council of Philosophical
Research (1981-89), Member-University Grants Commission (1981-1990)
and the founder Member-Secretary of the Rashtriya Veda Vidya
Prathishthan, Ujjain (National Foundation of Vedic Knowledge,
He was also
Member-Secretary for National Commission for Teachers (1983-1985).
In 1999, he was appointed as Chairman of the Auroville Foundation
(1999-2004). He was also Chairman of Indian Council of Philosophical
Kireetjoshi has also made valuable contribution to Unesco, and he
was Vice-Chairman of Unesco Institute ofEducation at Hamburg
(1987-1990), and Chairman of Unesco Committee of Education for
International Understanding and Peace.
Currently, he is
Education Advisor to the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
He has been an
exponent of the philosophy of Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the
Mother and has authored several works connected with philosophy,
yoga and value-oriented education. Extraction of knowledge from the
Vedic Samhitas, Upanishads and the Gita as also study of Yoga as
science and linking the Vedic Yoga with the entire tradition of Yoga
upto Sri Aurobindo have been the central focus of his tireless
research. This series on
Synthesis of Yoga and allied themes is the result of his lifelong
dedication to Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.