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In 2016, Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (DSVV) and the University of Winchester (UoW) entered into a formal Memorandum of Understanding, with the intention of jointly developing research and education in a number of different areas, including peace studies. The Institute was inaugurated by H.E. the Vice President of India Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu Ji on March 19th, 2022. A Peace Institute which focuses on the role of religion in conflict and peace building located in South Asia (SA) is a unique and much needed addition to global Peace Studies scholarship and practice. This does not necessarily mean that the Institute will have an exclusive geographical focus on South Asia, but that it values Asian knowledge, wisdom and values in its study of peace. SAIPR would also have a strong research focus on reconciliation, as this is an extremely important and relatively under-researched area which is strongly linked to the religious/cultural dimensions of peace building. 



Usindiena is a Latvian Celebration in order to offer reverence to Deity Usinš (A Latvian Mythological Character), the God of Light and spring, the symbol of fertility, the guardian of horses and bees. The festival is celebrated on 23rd April every year to acknowledge the new crop of the summer. There is a significance of the tradition to make donations and offerings on this day  for the well being of new summer and new crops. 

It was celebrated in DSVV on 23rd April 2018 in the presence of H.E. Mr. Aivars Groza, Ambassador of Latvia and Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture, Govt. of India. 

The celebration was graced by the performances from Choir Jubilate, University of Latvia, Folk Dance Group Saime, Riga and Vocal Group Vilki, Riga.

Our Partner: The University Of Winchester

  • In order to help advance knowledge and understanding in the areas of religion and peace building, and reconciliation, the University of Winchester established its Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace (CRRP) in 2010. The Centre is working to make a substantial difference to help those affected by structural violence and armed conflicts.  The Centre specifically focuses its work in examining the crucial links between theory and practice in religious peace building and reconciliation processes, and how each informs, challenges and enhances the other.


The Centre would engage in:

  1. World class research in religion, peace building and reconciliation.
  2. Research informed Post Graduate teaching and supervision initially, leading to Undergraduate provision as the Centre and resources develop.
  3. Practical training on religious peace building, conflict analysis, and interfaith dialogue.
  4. Policy briefings and a consultancy dimension.

Why an Institute for Peace and Reconciliation in Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, India?

Founded on sound spiritual, philosophical and scientific foundation, the principles of Indian culture set the basis of ultimate evolution of the conscious faculties of humanity. It encompasses all possibilities of global welfare and righteous progress of the entire world – of all beings and everything existing on this earth. The central theme behind the development of Indian culture as shaped by the revered rishis was – “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, treating the entire world as our own family – reflecting universality of serene love, altruism, sharing of responsibilities and caring for all beings.


How can we revive those past situations which used to give peace, happiness and satisfaction? The answer to this question is only one, that is, to revive religious spiritualism, that religious spiritualism which will bring out high thinking in men and will encourage them to perform ideal deeds, and the ethos of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya in itself is that. We are the University for the Global, Cultural and Spiritual renaissance. We believe that ‘Purification of thoughts and sentiments’ is the only solution to the current global issues. Peace should be created through inner change in men.


“Our University is a strong mint to make great human beings; by living in it, the pace of youth changes”, this is one of the sentences from our University anthem which we sing with pride. Our patron founder dreamt of this University, a university that moulds its students into noble and enlightened human beings. We are making tremendous efforts in this direction and establishing this institute is one among the many.

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