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K. N. Pandita is a Kashmiri scholar in Persian and Central Asian Studies. Born in Jammu & Kashmir, Pandita studied and worked at Panjab University and the University of Tehran, taught at the University of Kashmir, and was the former professor and director at the Center of Central Asian Studies at the University of Kashmir. He was awarded UGC Emeritus Fellowship in Central Asian Studies 1978–88 and was awarded by the President and Vice President of India in 1985 and 1987 for his academic attainments. He was a recipient of the Padma Shri in literature and education in 2017.