Amba Kulkarni
1961,  Female ,  Indian ,  Professor and Head, Department of sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad

Amba Kulkarni is a computational linguist. Since 1991 she has been engaged in showing the relevance of Indian Grammatical Tradition to the field of computational linguistics. She has contributed towards the building of Anusaarakas (language accessors) among English and Indian languages. She is the founder head of the Department of Sanskrit Studies, University of Hyderabad established in 2006. Since then her focus of research is on use of Indian grammatical theories for computational processing of Sanskrit texts. Under her leadership, a consortium of institutes developed several computational tools for Sanskrit and also a prototype of Sanskrit–Hindi Machine Translation system. In 2015, she was awarded a “Vishishta Sanskrit Sevavrati Sammana” by the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi for her contribution to the studies and research on Sanskrit-based knowledge system. She was a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla during 2015-17.

1. Second prize in an Essay Competition organised by TIFR in 1979 to cedlebrate Einstein Birth Centenary.
2. First in the University in B.Sc. (1980) securing 91% marks (Second rank holder had 10% marks less than me).
3. First in the University in M.Sc. (1982) securing 85% marks.
4. Special Felicitation at Pracya Vidya Parishad at Nagpur 2002.
5. Sanskrit-sev-sammana by Hariyana Sanskrit Academy, March 2014.
6. Vishista Sanskrit-sevAvrati-sammana by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi, Aug. 2015.
7. Nominated by Chancellor as a member of Management Council of Kavi Kulaguru Kalidas University, Ramtek (2019-23).


Grant-in-Aid LDCIL, CIIL, Mysore (2009-2011)
Computational Linguistics Research Advisory Board, CIF (2010-todate)
Editorial Board for Course Material for Post Doctoral Diploma in ‘Translation, MGIHU, Wardha (2012)
PRSG, ILCI Phase-I and II, MCIT (2010-14)
PRSG, Creation of Machine Translation Tools and Resourses for English to Dravidian, MHRD (2011-13)
Board of Directors: Sanskrit Library, USA (2012-todate)
Research Degree Committee, Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University, Wardha (2013-14)
Working Committee on “Center for Excellence in IT for Indian Languages”, Deity initiative, Govt. of India, Delhi (2013)
National Sanskrit Council, MHRD, Govt. of India, Delhi (2015-18)
PRSG (Programme Review and Steering Committee), Virtual Lab, Robotics, LCAD, etc. under MHRD, Govt. of India, Delhi (2016-18)
Grant-in-Aid Rastriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi (2017-19)
Advisor, Mahabharata Project, MManipal University (2017-19)
Bureau of Indian Standards, special Panel on ‘Character set for Indian Languages for Mobile phones’ LITD 20/P7 (2017-18)
High level review committee to review Adarsh Institutions, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Delhi

1. “Paniniyadhatuvrttiam tulanatamakamadhyanam”, N Shailaja and Amba Kullarni, Dhimahi, Research journal of Chinmaya International Foundation Shodha Sansthan, India, 2019, Vol 10, pp 22-38.
2. “Type-Identifier for Navya-Nyaya expressions”, Amba Kulkarni and Arjuna S.R., Journal of Foundational Research, Vol XXIII 1-2 (Jan-July 2015), a special volume on ‘daarshanika mimamsa evam Acharya Vishvanbhar Paahi’, Ed. Rajendra Prasad Sharma and Anubhav Varshneya, Rajasthan University, Jaipur, 2017.
3. “Yogyata as an absence of non-congruity”, Sanjeev Panchal and Amba Kulkarni, in Computational Sanskrit and Digital Humanities, selected papers presented at the 17th world Sanskrit Conference, Vancouver, Eds. Gerard Huet and Amba Kulkarni, D.K. Publishers and Distributors Pvt. Ltd., July 2018.
4. “A Sanskrit Dictionary of Law and Statecraft: Book Review”, in Summer Hill, Vol. 22, no. 1, p. 102, June 2018, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla.
5. “Order of operations in the formation of Sanskrit compounds with special reference to introduction of Samasanta element and deletion of case endings”, Pavankumar Satulri, K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu and Amba Kulkarni, pp. 107-130, Journal of the oriental institute, vol. 66, 2016-17, Vadodara.
6. “Sanskrtagranthanam vakyavisleshanam sambhandhavishayakacarcashca”, K.V. Ramakrishnamacharyulu and Amba Kulkarni, in Karnataka Sanskritadhayanam Vidvatpatrika, Vol. 5, no. 1, NOv. 2017.
7. Later Nyaya Logic: Computational Aspects. In: Sarukkai S. (eds) Handbook of Logical Thought in India. Springer, New Delhi.
8. “Lexical and corpus resources-Sanskrit”, Amba Kulkarni, in ‘The Languages and Linguistics of South Asia’ Ed. Hans Henrich Hock and Elina Bashir, DE GRUYTER MOUTON, Germany, May 2016.
9. “Brevity in Panini’s Ashtadhyayi”, Amba Kulkarni, in Interwoven world: Ideas and Encounters in History, Ed. Burjor Avari and Joseph Verghesse, Commonground Publishing, USA, January 2016.
10. “Analysis and graphical representation of Navya-Nyaya expression – Nyaya-citradipika”, Arjujna S.R. and Amba Kulkarni, in ‘Sanskrit and Computational Linguistics: Select papers presented at Sanskrit and IT World in 16th World Sanskrit Conference, Bangkok, 28 June-2 Juluy 2015.
11. “How free is free word order in Sanskrit”, Amba Kulkarni, Preeti Shukla, Pavankumar and Devanand Shukl, in Sanskrit Syntax, Ed: Peter Scharf, Sanskrit Library, USA, June 2015.
12. “Ashtadhyayi-sutranam samsa-nirdharanartham upayogah”, Amba Kulkarni and Anil Kumar, in Pratipitsa, Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan-June 2014, pages. 1-18, Ed: Rajaram Shukl, BHU, Varanasi.
13. ‘Subject’ in English is abhihita, Akshar Bharati and Amba Kulkarni, in Studies in Sanskrit Grammars (Proceedings of the Vyakarana Section of the 14th World Sanskrit Conference). Ed. George Cardona, Ashok Aklujkar, and Hideyo Ogawa. New Delhi: D.K. Printworld, 2011.
14. Information Coding in a Language: Some Insights from Paninian Grammar, Akshar Bharati and Amba Kulkarni in Dhimahi, Journal of Chinmaya, International Foundation Shodha Sansthan, vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 77-91, Ed: Dilip Rana, Jan. 2010.
15. Sanskrit Morphological Analyser: Some Issues, Amba Kulkarni and Devanand Shukl, in the Festscrift volume of Bh. Krishnamoorty, Indian Linguistics, Vol. 70, Nos. 1-4, pp. 100-177, Dec. 15, 2009.
16. English from Hindi viewpoint: A Paninian perspective, in Papers on Language Technology; Ed: Panchanan Mohanty and S. Arul Mozi, Dravidian University, Kuppam University, 2008.
17. Devanagari lipi Ora sanganaka (in Hindi) Bahuvacana, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishva Vidyalaya, Wardha, vol. 16, April-June 2007, pp. 163-169.
18. English grammar from Hindi speaker’s point of view in the light of Paninian grammar in English Grammar from Paninian Perspective,Ed: S Satyanarayan Murty,R.J. Ramasree, Srinivasa Varakhedi, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetham, Tirupati, 2007.
19. Anusaaraka: Overcoming the Language Barrier in India in Anuvaad, Sage Publishers, New Delhi, 2000.

Books by Amba Kulkarni