for ISKCON News on July 8, 2011
In June, 2011, the new building of the Bhaktivedanta College of Budapest got inaugurated by Gaura Shankar Gupta, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Hungary, Balázs Bús, Óbuda-Békásmegyer District Mayor, Törökné Katalin Szilagyi, the representative of the Hungarian Government, and Sivarama Swami the leader of the Hungarian Society for Krishna-consciousness.
As part of the opening ceremony, a conference was held entiltled The India and Europe: Cooperation & Common Values
A new temporary exhibition has opened featuring Hungarian indologist Sir Aurél Stein's unique archaeological work. The exhibition was curated by an Indologist-Archeologist of the Bhaktivedanta College, Jeney Rita (Amritananda Dasi).
Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943) conducted his final archaeological exploration of Northern India along the Ghaggar river. His goal was to identify the Sarasvati river mentioned in the Rig-Veda, which he regarded as equivalent to the Ghaggar.
On the same day, a new book and manuscropt collection has been donated to the College`s Library as part of Ildiko Puskas`s legacy.
Ildikó Puskás (1942-2009) was an the outstanding figure of Hungarian Indology. She was a historian, scholar, researcher of religion, the president of Indian-Hungarian Friendship Association. She was a Professor at Eötvös Lorand University, and guest lecturer at several foreign universities. She retired in 2007 and prepared to write a monography of Krishna, for which she has collected an extraordinary amount of literature. Unfortunately she died before she could have finished her work.
The Ildikó Puskás Indology Collection was donated to the Library by her husband Robert Simon orientalist.
The Bhaktivedanta College of Budapest has been established in 2001. It offers government accredited Vaishnava Theology BA degree, as well as Yoga Master degree. Presently, it has over 500 students.