UTM receives $2.5M to establish new chair in Jain Studies


The University of Toronto Mississauga has received a $2.5M endowment from Gyan and Kanchan Jain and their family to establish a new chair in the study of Jainism. The university will match the endowment, bringing the total amount of funding for the new chair to $5M. This funding will support research on Jainism, community collaboration, and knowledge translation initiatives. “Jainism continues to have vital influence in South Asia and Canada and around the world,” said UTM VP and Principal Alexandra Gillespie. “We have a great opportunity to promote new research and teaching about this ancient belief system and to partner with Jain communities – locally and globally – to share this knowledge openly.”