Source: Hinduism Today
On July 12, 2006 Hinduism Today reported, "The World Association of Vedic Studies, whose aim is to foster greater understanding of Vedic and Indian studies recently met in Houston, July 8 to 10. Over 150 scholars participated in a three-day symposium on the various fields of archaeology, Ayurveda, Vedanta, Sanskrit, Hindu history and heritage, science and astrology, Hindu scriptures and epics and yoga. The event's theme was Vedic Ideas for Global Harmony and Peace in the Modern Context and drew an international audience from India, Nepal, the Caribbean Islands, Canada, Europe and the United States. In his welcome address, Chairman of the WAVES Board of Directors Dr. Surendra Nath Dwivedi told attendees that the theme for the conference 'was more timelier than ever... many conflicts arise from differences in religion, race, political opinion, or other beliefs and the greatest impediment to peace is ignorance.' Keynote speaker, Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri, outlined his vision of the roles and responsibilities of India and the US in ensuring the preservation of the Sanskrit language which he hailed as 'the blueprint of the consciousness of the whole cosmos, and the epitome of perfection.' He encouraged participants to support the establishment of Sanskrit language chairs at US universities."