Dr. Saw Htut Sandar
Dr. Saw Htut Sandar
Dr. Saw Htut Sandar is a multi-faceted, professor-social activist. She is an Advisor and Associate Professor in the Department of Buddhist Studies at Ras Bihari Bose Subharti University, in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.
Dr. Saw Htut Sandar holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Buddhist Studies from the Department of Buddhist Studies of Magadh University, in Bodhgaya, Bihar State, India.
She is a prolific writer with a recent 2022 book about The Life of the Buddha. Her articles are many, and to mention a few: “The Most Prominent Buddhist Sites in Myanmar” published in the Sambodhi Journal of the Maha Bodhi Society of India; “Buddha and Peace” which she presented at the Maha Bodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India; as well as, “Buddhist Ways of Peace in Human Life” which she presented at Subharti University in Meerut, India.
On March 8, 2020 Dr. Saw Htut Sandar attended and submitted the “Important Roles of Buddhist Women in Buddhism” at the International Buddhist Women’s Day in Gujarat, India; and on March 8, 2021 she participated in the International Buddhist Women’s Online Webinar from Nagpur, with the topic of “The Life of Buddhist Nuns in Myanmar.”
Her online teaching initiatives are pioneering breakthroughs for Myanmar and India and include: Basic Buddhism; The Life of the Buddha; Basic Buddhism English Class; Advanced Dhamma Missionary Courses; as well as, an online certificate course, the Timeline of Buddhism; and another online certificate course on the Life of the Buddha, in collaboration with Ras Bihari B Subharti University.
In addition to her years of teaching, she established the Asokha Welfare Foundation in 2014 at Shwezedi Monastery in Mingaladon Township, of Yangon, Myanmar. Within its first year, 2014 September to 2015 November the healthcare project offered free treatment to more than 5,017 patients and their mobile clinic which travels to remote areas of Myanmar served more than 700 patients.
The Foundation offers food, clothing and educational supplies to communities in need in Myanmar, as well as, basic computer literacy studies. Her foundation also traveled to Nepal after the 2015 earthquake and offered relief supplies and funds, and also offered relief supplies and funds to flood-affected communities in Myanmar.
Her awards include:
- 2023 Outstanding Woman in Buddhism Award
- 2022 Honorary Decorated Buddhist Professor’s Award from UIPH University authorized by the UN
- 2021 Daughter of Visakha Award conferred by the Vice-President of Nepal
- 2021 Global Leadership Award conferred by the UNPKFC at Kathmandu, Nepal
- 2019 Sasanahitadharadhaja Award conferred by the Kingdom of Bhutan
- 2019 Buddhist Literary Award for Academic Research conferred by the WCH Great Humanitarians
- 2018 International Buddhist Leadership Award offered by the World Inter-Religious Council