Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa
Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa is the Vice Chairman and Trustee, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Senior Vice President, ISKCON Bangalore, and, the Governing Body Member, GBC Society of the Hare Krishna Movement. He has been working in the field of spiritual education since 1984 and social entrepreneurship since 2000.
Although he had been passionate about science since his school days, he got introduced to Indian spirituality as an undergraduate student in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore. Impressed by the profound concepts of spirituality, he pursued the same even more vigorously while doing his master’s program in Electrical Communication engineering at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.
He joined ISKCON in 1984, became involved in Akshaya Patra in 2000 which has become the largest school meal program feeding over 1.7 million underprivileged children in twelve states in 15,024 government schools in the country. He was able to combine his values of compassion from his spiritual learning with his education in science and technology and apply the same to create a social development organization like The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
He continues to research, teach and talk extensively on spirituality, social development and the intersection of science & spirituality.