Pujya Gurudevshri conferred with Honorary Doctor of Divinity (PhD) View Photos Pujya Gurudevshri’s academic journey has been bejewelled with remarkable milestones including a MA degree with gold medal. In 1998 He earned a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Mumbai for His extensive research treatise on Param Krupalu Dev’s magnum opus, Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra. Now, the Claremont School of Theology, known for its United Methodist heritage and strong commitment to inclusivity among different faiths, honoured Pujya Gurudevshri for His significant contributions to the realm of spirituality and selfless service through an Honorary Doctor of Divinity (DD). Explaining the significance, Rev. Dr Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, President Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the President at the Claremont School of Theology said that bestowal of the degree holds a profound significance, not only for the Jain community but for the entire nation. Pujya Gurudevshri’s special distinction as the first recipient from India and the inaugural beneficiary from a non-Christian faith within the institution’s 130-year history amplifies the importance of the occasion, leaving an illuminating trail of inspiration for generations to come. Addressing the assembly, Dr Nitin Shah, Trustee of Claremont School of Theology, complimented Pujya Gurudevshri for His role as a spiritual luminary. He highlighted the work of the Mission and the transformative impact of His wisdom and benevolent initiatives that are uplifting lives across the globe. A wave of awe and admiration swept the audience as the Master adorned the Doctoral gown and tam while receiving the certificate. In a gesture brimming with humility and devotion, Pujya Gurudevshri respectfully offered the certificate and tam at the lotus feet of Param Krupalu Dev. Atmarpit Nemiji, Vice President of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur and Personal Secretary to Pujya Gurudevshri, spoke on the occasion. He eloquently delved into the alignment of this honorary accolade with Pujya Gurudevshri’s role as a Master physician – dispelling delusions that afflict individuals, while remaining immersed in His pure Self.