She joined the Department of Religion, Concordia
University, Montreal, Canada, as Professor and Chair for Hindu Studies
in 1996. Was the first Chair for Hindu Studies and Indian Philosophy
at University of Durban Westville, Durban, South Africa before taking
over her post in Canada.
Since the establishment of Delhi University 80 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.
BK Matilal, at Toronto University. .
Amongst the many awards that Rukmani has won are:
Award by Mandakini, Sanskrit Research organization, for excellence
in Sanskrit Research (Vidyavacaspati) at the Tenth World Sanskrit
Conference, Bangalore, 1997; Fellowship at the Indian Institute
of Advanced Study in Shimla, India in 1989 and 2003; and The Delhi
Sanskrit Academy award for Sanskrit scholarship in 1993.
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 six 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.
After her tenure in the Indraprastha College at Delhi University,
India from 1964 to 1981, she took over as Principal of Miranda House
the only University college for Women of Delhi University. She held
this post for over ten years before she went to South Africa to
take up her assignment as the first Professor of Hindu Studies and
Indian Philosophy in 1993.
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 at present on the Consultative
Committee of the International Association for Sanskrit Studies.