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KSRI-Brief Introduction (2)

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A brief Introduction about our Institute
A brief Introduction about our Institute

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Published by: Balasubramanian Kanchipuram Sundararaman on Jul 17, 2012
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Many research organizations/academic institutions were and are being founded in many parts of our country by exemplary men of vision. In the early 20
th
century there were greatscholars and savants who contributed their mite for the cause of Indian Culture, notable amongthem being Prof. R.G. Bhandarkar from the Western part of India, Mm.Ganganath Jha from the North and Mm. Prof.S.Kuppuswami Sastri from the South . The admirers and students of these great personalities proudly and aptly founded educational and research Institutes in their names. These institutions are revered by scholars not only from India but all parts of the globe,for their sustained work in the field of Indological studies.It may be pointed here that while the other two institutions have been duly recognized by the respective State and Central Governments, the Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute,with all its rich and enviable contribution to the field of Sanskritic and Indological studies hasnot been fortunate till date, to have received the recognition it deserves by the Governments atthe Centre and the State.OrganisationThe Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute was established in 1945 as a fitting tributeto the great scholar Mahamahopadhyaya, Darsana Kalanidhi, Vidyavacaspati,Prof.S.Kuppuswami Sastri, who combined in himself the rare combination of depth of traditional scholarship and modern research acumen. Many great stalwarts and statesmen likeDr.Sir.S.Radhakrishnan (Former President of India), Rt. Hon’ble V.S.Srinivasa Sastri,Padmabhushan Sir K.Balasubrahmanya Iyer, Padmabhushan Dr.V.Raghavan, Dr.S.S.Janakiand scores of other eminent men of letters have adorned different positions to raise this Instituteto become an internationally reputed organization in the field of Sanskrit and Indology.Library:It houses about 60,000 books, research journals and periodicals from India and abroad,related to Sanskrit and Indological studies. The library is proud of the donations of personalcollections of savants like Mm. Prof. S. Kuppuswami Sastri,Rt. Hon’ble V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, Sir. S. Radhakrishnan, Sri.T.R.Venkatarama Sastri,Prof. M. Hiriyanna, Prof. K. V Rangaswamy Iyengar , Sri K.Balasubramania Iyer,Dr.V.Raghavan and Dr.S.S.Janaki.ResearchAffiliated to the University of Madras, during the last two decades, the Institute has produced many M.Phil and Ph.D. scholars. All the three academic staff of the Institute arequalified to provide guidance to scholars joining these courses. Accordingly, based on the ruleof the University of Madras, that each professor can guide 8 scholars at a time, at present thereare 24 Ph.D. research scholars pursuing their research work in different fields like Literature,Language, Grammar, Yoga, Psychology, Law and Jurisprudence, Philosophy, Sports andgames and so on. It may be observed here that this shows the faith of the scholars in thisinstitution.We are proud to record in this connection an achievement by a research scholar of the Institute who took a 16
th
century algebra text in Sanskrit for her Ph.D. degree. The thesis
 
was much acclaimed and the examiners recommended for immediate publication. Our recent publication “Bijapallava of Krsna Daivajna – A critical study” is the outcome of this researchwork.The Institute is now trying to move away from the beaten track and search the newavenues like Women.Legal Rights in our ancient Dharmasastra texts, Dream Motif, Nephology (science of clouds), Caturyuga calendar, Svarodaya science (a peculiar method of  breath control), Town planning. Sanskrit Literature possesses abundant information on these.Besides, the Institute has remained a home for scholars of many foreign countries fromall parts of Europe, USA, Canada, Asia, Australia and South America. The Institute has signedan MOU with Oslo University, Norway for conducting Sanskrit classes to their graduatestudents every alternate semester.Publications:Unlike many other research institutions/colleges, the Institute has been publishing theJournal of Oriental Research periodically from its inception till date and it is internationallywell known. The Institute has also published more than 100 books/monographs on different branches like Language, Literature, Philosophy, Yoga, Religion, Aesthetics, Drama andDramaturgy, Fine Arts like Music and Dance, Bhagavadgita, Vedic studies, Political studies,Tamil Grammar, Spoken Sanskrit, Epics, Puranas and so on.This is a remarkable contribution by the Institute, a body with no stable financialsupport, which is yet to be matched by institutions in the country that possess Govt. financialsupport.Seminars/Conferences:The Institute has organized more than 300 lectures and several national/internationalseminars/conferences, including those sponsored by the University of Madras, Govt. of India,Indian Council for Philosophical Research, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi andSahitya Akademi; established traditional and modern scholars have personally participated inthese.FutureMen of wisdom, with discerning mind can see that the Institute has had a glorioustradition and is having an allround development. All these have been possible due to thededicated and devoted service by handful of scholars. The temporary financial assistancereceived from some philanthropists, from India and from USA and the non-regular grants fromGovt. of India have sustained the activities of the Institute.The time has come now to a stage, when the Institute has to put forward its feet, expandits wings towards the future. It is our responsibility to preserve the treasures of knowledgecontained in ancient literature and culture and pass them on to the future generation.

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