Dr. T.S. Rukmani has had a distinguished academic record and has been teaching and researching mainly in the areas of Hinduism, Advaita Vedanta and Sankhya-Yoga for almost fifty years. She joined the Department of Religion, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, as Professor and Chair in Hindu Studies in 1996 and retired from that post in July 2012. She was given the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus after her retirement by the Senate of the University for her academic achievements. She was the first Chair for Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy at University of Durban Westville, Durban, South Africa before taking up her post at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.
Since the establishment of Delhi University almost 90 years ago, she is the only academic in its Department of Sanskrit to have been honored with the highest degree of D.Litt. Rukmani also has the distinction of being the first woman, and the second person, to receive a Ph.D. in Sanskrit from the same University. In addition, she obtained the double distinction of gaining first position in the University, both in her MA and BA degree examinations and was awarded a gold medal for her MA achievement.
In 1972, she was awarded the Ida Smedley International Fellowship to work as a post-doctoral fellow on comparative philosophy, under the guidance of the world-renowned philosopher, the late Prof. B. K. Matilal, at Toronto University. Since then she has won numerous national and international awards.
Her four volume work on Vijnanabhiksu’s Yogavarttika and her two volume work on Sankara’s Yogasutrabhasyavivarana have been widely acclaimed in scholarly circles as significant contributions to the furtherance of Yoga Philosophy. Both are published by the well known Indological publishers Munshiram Manoharlal in Delhi, India. She has also written and edited seven other books dealing with different aspects of religion and philosophy and has published many research papers in academic journals, both in India and in other parts of the world. Her latest book is on “ Samnyasin in the Hindu Tradition: Changing Perspecives” (2011) published by DK Printworld Delhi. A volume of essays honoring her titled Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Studies (ed by Pratap Kumar and Jonathan Duquette) was published by DK Printworld (2013).
After her tenure at Indraprastha College at Delhi University, India from 1964 to 1981, Rukmani took over as Principal of Miranda House in 1982, the only University college for women in Delhi University. She held this post for over ten years before she went to South Africa to take up her assignment as first Professor of Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy in 1993. In 1996 she moved to Concordia University in Montreal, Canada from where she retired in July 2012.
Besides her deep commitment to academics, Rukmani has been active in “Women’s Studies” and programs connected with women. She was President of the University Women’s Association of Delhi for two years and was a member of the International Federation of University Women’s Fellowship Committee in Geneva (Switzerland) for three years.
She is a member on the Advisory Committee of the Oxford Journal of Hindu Studies and is a member of the Consultative Committee of the International Association for Sanskrit Studies.