Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda is the Founder and former Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, and the former head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide. In his role as Founder, Swamiji saw the launch of the Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth as a logical extension of the Chinmaya Mission’s core role of teaching and sharing the wisdom of the Indian knowledge traditions. For over six decades, in the unique institution called the Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Chinmaya Mission has focused on training students to become monks who undertake the larger role of spreading the message of Vedanta to society. Monks are trained formally in an intense two-year course of study in the traditional Gurukula mode. Sandeepany Sadhanalayas have existed outside the formal university system and enabled the Chinmaya Mission to sustain and carry the essence of the Upanishads across the world.
Building on sixty years of running over a hundred Chinmaya educational institutions—prestigious primary schools and secondary schools, as well as institutions of higher education—across the country, Swamiji was convinced that the time was right for a Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, a university that blends Indian Knowledge Systems with Contemporary Knowledge Systems. With its focus on a niche area, Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth strives to bring excellence, subject matter expertise and an intense commitment to the higher purpose of nation building to tertiary education.