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Dr. Bhagirathi Mani, a native of Athipota in Kerala, is the current head of the English department at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States. Dr. Bhagirathi Mani will assume the position on Saturday. She is known for her expertise in English literature. She is the daughter of A.P.S. Mani, a former Indian businessman in Japan, a recipient of the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award, and Pushkala.
The University of Pennsylvania boasts a vast 300-acre campus located in Philadelphia, with a faculty of 4,500 members and an enrollment of 40,000 students. Bhagirathi, currently a faculty member at the university, completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington and pursued post-graduation at JNU in Delhi. She obtained her Ph.D. from Stanford University in the USA. Her husband, Mario Ruiz, is a professor of history at Hofstra University and hails from Mexico. They have a son named Amar Mani Ruiz.
Bhagirathi’s brother, Parameshwar, works as an energy consultant in Tokyo and is married to Takako, a Japanese woman who holds a senior executive position at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. They have a daughter named Amita.
After spending over three decades in Japan, A.P.S. Mani, along with his wife Pushkala, returned to their hometown of Athipota in 2011 to settle down. A.S. Parameshwarayar, Bhagirathi’s grandfather, served as the Panchayat President for 15 years starting from 1954. A.P.S. Mani also has a history of involvement in social causes, such as bringing Vinoba Bhave to Athipota and donating three acres of his land to the Bhudana movement. Bhagirathi’s maternal grandfather, Subramanian, worked as a priest in Mangotukav.

-Re-reported from the article originally published in India Posts English

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