In Indian religions and society, an acharya (Sanskrit: आचार्य, IAST: ācārya; Pali: ācariya) is a preceptor and expert instructor in matters such as religion, or any other subject

An Acharya is a highly learned person with a title affixed to the names of learned subject

The designation has different meanings in Hinduism, Buddhism and secular contexts

Acharya is sometimes used to address a expert teacher or a scholar in any discipline.