The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute  

The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute

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Centenary Year 2016-2017
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Academic Development Programme supported by the Infosys Foundation (2019-2023)
 
Centre for Oriental Studies
The Centre for Oriental Studies shall strengthen the research activities and train young scholars in various areas of Orientology.
Chairs (Two) : The two Chairs are meant for eminent scholars in any area of Orientology. The Infosys Foundation has named the Chairs as (1) Infosys Foundation Chair and (2) Karnatak Chair, respectively.
Infosys Scholars (Two) : The Scholar would be an eminent scholar in any area of Orientology and would be a retired person or one in service.
Infosys Fellows (Four) : The Fellow would be an eminent scholar in any area of Orientology / post doc scholar or even a PhD student.
(More information on the Homepage of this website.)
Research Projects Undertaken
  1. Bhagavata Purana Project : (Part of the larger proposal of the Oxford University) The Bhagavata Purana (BhP) is one of the most highly regarded and variegated Hindu sacred texts. As such, this work of over 14,000 Sanskrit verses ranks along with the Ramayana and Mahabharata. A sacred text as BhP calls for greater accessibility in the English language. On the one hand, there is a recent resurgence of the interest in the Puranic genre of literature, and on the other, surprisingly few academic resources available for the study of the Bhagavata. The project will be initially limited to the sources in Sanskrit, Marathi, Hindi and English. It shall create a Bibliography (print and online), and actually procure the material mentioned above.
  2. Cataloguing of Manuscripts : The BORI has prepared descriptive catalogues of thousands of manuscripts in its possession. There are still some subjects, such as Nyaya and Mimansa, Epics and Puranas, etc., the manuscripts of which need to be catalogued. The work of descriptively cataloguing the manuscripts of the above subjects is undertaken through two teams of scholars.
  3. Collection of the Kadamba Inscriptions : The Kadambas were one of the major dynasties of Southern India who ruled over a sizable territory for centuries together. They also ruled briefly parts of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Their reign is divided into two distinct periods, from 3rd century to 6th century, and from early 10th to 13th century CE. It is planned to prepare under this project a collection of inscriptions of this dynasty that shall serve the purpose of reconstructing a comprehensive first-hand account of the accomplishments of the rulers and the contemporary cultural scenario.