Computer Science Department

Yaswhant K. Malaiya

Professor of Computer

Institutional Affiliation

Colorado State University 

Computer Science Department


Ph.D., Utah State University

Regional and Thematic Interests

India, South Asia

Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu societies



He became interested in the history of Jain and Hindu communities in India in the early 1970s as constructed using archaeological inscriptions, texts and oral traditions. He finished his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1978 and joined SUNY Binghamton as an assistant professor of Computer Science. He is now a Professor of Computer Science at Colorado State University. He created the world's first website on Hindi language in 1996. He has published widely in testing, reliability and security for computer systems.

His research interests include history and demography of Jain and selected Hindu and Buddhist communities, interaction among diverse Indian traditions, survival of minority communities, applicability of Jain principles within the modern society, and Jain diaspora.

Selected Publications

Y. K. Malaiya, “Freedom of thought and Human Rights in Jain Tradition,” in Chapter 8 in Human Rights, Spirituality and Religious Freedom: Perspectives from the Dharmic and Indigenous Cultures, Ed. Y.V. Pathak, A Adityanjee, Kovidnam Vani, 2023, pp. 123-133.

Y.K. Malaiya, "Probabilistic Evaluation of Possible Dates of the Nirvāṇa of Lord Mahāvīra, " Int. Symposium on Dating of Mahavira Nirvana, Navalveerayatan, Pune, July 9-10, 2022.

S. C. Jain and Y. K. Malaiya, “Jain Population Predicament: Need to Learn from the Parsi and Jewish Situations,” in Studies in Jain Demography, 1881-2011, Ed. P. C. Jain, Rawat Publications 2019, p. 165-172.


Y. K. Maliaiya, “Interactions among the Dharmic Traditions,” in Compassion in the 4 Dharmic Traditions, Editor: Ved P. Nanda, Prabhat Prakashan, Delhi, 2016, pp 70-88.


Y.K. Malaiya, “Kundalpur’s Past Three Centuries,” Arhat Vacan, Vol. 13, no. 3-4, 2001 pp. 5-13.


Y.K. Malaiya, “On the Golapurva Caste” in Vyakaranacharya Banshidhar Felicitation Volume, 1990 (in  Hindi), pp. 103-130. 


Y.K. Malaiya, “An Examination of the Sixteenth Chapter of Vardhamana Purana,” Anekanta, Vol. 27, No. 2, August 1974, pp. 58-64 (in Hindi).


Y.K. Malaiya, “On the Golapurvas ,” Anekanta, Vol. 25, No. 2, May 1972, pp. 68-72 (in Hindi).