Navin Doshi

Navin Doshi grew up in Mumbai, India and came to the United States in 1958 after completing his undergraduate studies at the prestigious Puna Engineering College and the L.D. Engineering College of Gujarat University where he received his B.E. (Bachelors of Engineering).

In the U.S., Navin completed a second Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1960, he moved to Los Angeles to begin a PhD program in Engineering at UCLA.

Subsequently, he worked as an Aerospace Engineer at TRW (now Northrop), where he was the recipient of NASA awards and U.S. patents. It was while at TRW that Navin with the help of his wife, Pratima, started a business involving velvet patchwork bedspreads. He also engaged in residential income properties and in trade involving financial investment instruments.

With the achievement of success in these ventures, Navin has been an active philanthropist, promoting value education and world peace and supporting fund raising activities and offering consultancy for numerous projects relating to Indic traditions and world culture. In 1999, Navin and Pratima endowed the Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA. The Doshis are also the founding members and substantial contributors for the establishment of the prestigious Sardar Patel Award at UCLA for exceptional doctoral dissertations on subjects related to India.

The Doshi Chair at UCLA has sponsored a number of landmark events over the years, inviting scholars from around the world to discuss topics ranging from India’s constitutional history to a historical perspective on modern terrorism. During the Fall Quarter of 2001, the Doshis along with their friends sponsored author and former Member of Parliament, Rajmohan Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, as a faculty member to UCLA’s Department of History. The Doshis also award a Scholarship of $3,000 each year to a deserving student in the Engineering Department of UCLA. They offer a similar award at the Krishnamurti Foundation school.

As with UCLA, Navin has a close relationship of patronage with the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles. Navin was a member of the LMU Advisory Board for almost a decade. With his support and initiative, LMU teaches Eastern Religion and Yoga and interacts with the Gujarat University in India; and he has been a sponsor of visiting professors teaching Indic Traditions at LMU for many years. In 2006, Navin and Pratima Doshi endowed a second chair for Indic Traditions at LMU which also administers a $10,000 annual Bridge Builder Award program, meant to honor eminent personalities who have worked towards world peace and harmony. Currently the Indic Traditions chair at LMU is occupied by Professor Christopher Chapple, a prominent scholar of Indian Religion and Yoga.  The recipients of the Bridge Builder Award have included Dr. Deepak Chopra, Conductor Zubin Mehta, and world eminent writer and Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh.

A former chairman of the National Advisory Board of Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of America, Navin contributes funds – over $16,000 per year – to support 40 schools in India’s tribal villages.

Navin also sponsors and participates actively in the promotion of a variety of cultural and educational projects meant to enhance world understanding in South Asian spiritual traditions and to promote world peace. He has sponsored a number of conferences in Southern California. In 2002, he was the festival chairman for the week long Mirabai Festival, honoring the 16th c. Indian woman saint, co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA), UCLA, and the International Global Ethics and Religion Forum.

For all his continuing contributions, Navin has been richly awarded with recognition and honor. In 2001, he received the Hindu Vibhusan Award from Pravisi Bharati. In 2007, he received a SANMANAPATRAM (Certificate of Honor) from his old alma matter, Gujarat University. On September 13th, 2008, at the Los Angeles Festival of Sacred Music, in Royce Hall, UCLA, he was honored as a Local Hero.

Apart from his philanthropic and promotional activities, Navin is an original thinker in the area of human values, economics and world harmony. A published author, Navin has been a regular contributor to local newspapers on subjects of global economics and philosophy. His latest book, titled Transcendence, Saving us from Ourselves, published by Ithaca Press, braids human psychology based on Indic traditions with science, economics, spirituality, and his life experiences.

Navin and Pratima Doshi have two children, Rahul, an EP Cardiologist son and Sonya, a financial executive daughter, and six grandchildren.

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