Prof. Dr. Shashibala, a renowned Indologist, Chair, Acharya Raghuvira, Dean, Centre for Indology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Delhi Kendra, an alumni of Himachal Pradesh University, specializes in India’s Cultural linkages to other Asian Countries, Sanskrit, history of arts, Buddhism and cross cultural connections across political boundaries etc.. As a Research Professor at the International Academy of Indian Culture, New Delhi, founded by Prof. Raghu Vira, (presently Director- Prof. Lokesh Chandra), she has authored twenty two books and 75 research papers. She taught ‘History of Japanese Art and Southeast Asian Art’ for fifteen years at the National Museum Institute, a deemed University, New Delhi.
Documentation of the relics of Asian art and culture preserved in museums and other collections in several countries contributes immensely to her research. As a researcher and explorer she has traveled to 15 countries including Mongolia. The courses offered by her on Indian culture, international conferences organised, exhibitions curated, illustrated lectures delivered, TV interviews etc. are highly acclaimed.
As a Consultant at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts she organized international conferences and exhibitions on great Indian Acharyas Kumarajiva and Atisa. International seminars on Sanskrit on the Silk Route, Sanskrit in Southeast Asia and Sanskrit and Europe were coordinated by her for the Centre of Indology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Her well-researched exhibitions on Sanskrit as Shared Heritage of Asia and Sanskrit and Indian Culture: Voyages are travelling in Indian and abroad. Catalogues of exhibitions and proceedings of all the seminars and conferences add up to her research credentials.
She was invited as a guest Professor by Bristol University, UK, for a teaching assignment. Ural Federal University, Russia invited her for a course on Indian culture and Buddhist art, combined with an exhibition on “The Life and Legacy of Atisha”. She has delivered lectures in USA and participated in the conference of Indologists initiated by the President of India. She has drafted courses on Holistic Science in Sanskrit and Indian Knowledge traditions for Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan which are approved by the AICTE. The IGNCA organized her photo exhibition on Abolition of Indentured Labour System and ICCR organized on Roma- The forgotten Children of India. A series of lectures on Indo-Chinese cultural linkages was delivered at the Vivekananda International Foundation, New Delhi. She is a founder member of International Buddhist Confederation, President- International Council for Cultural Studies, Bharat, Joint Secretary– Antar Rashtriya Sahyaog Parishad, Member of Research Group for implementation of the New education Policy. A couple of books are to be published soon.
Prof. Dr. Shashibala is a recipient of several national and international honors and awards like Panini Sammaan and Wakankar Puraskar.