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Established : 23 September 1999

Director : Prof. Amitrasudan Bhattacharya


Bankim Bhavan Gaveshana Kendra (BBGK) is an autonomous research institute under the Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal established in the very birth place and ancestral house of literary giant Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay (1838-1894), the creator of National Song ‘Vande Mataram’ and the foremost nationalist writer of the 19th century who transformed our cultural heritage into modernity. In this heritage building Bankim Chandra was born and brought up and created most of his immortal literary work, including the national song ‘Vande Mataram’. It need not elaborate here how innumerable freedom fighters sacrificed their lives uttering ‘Vande Mataram’ upto the last moment of independence. BBGK is governed by a General Council under the presidentship  of Hon’ble Higher Education Minister, Govt. of W.B. and it has been established with the prime objective of exploring the life and work of ‘Sahitya Samrat’ Bankim Chandra. The aims and objectives of BBGK in nutshell are;

1.   Research on the life and work of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and his associates who contributed to the renaissance of the 19th century Bengal.

2.Research on the different aspects of the social, economic, cultural and religious history of Bengal and of the Bengali language and literature.

3.   Publication of research papers, books and periodicals on the relevant topics of social, cultural, economic and religious history of Bengal and in the field of Bengali language and literature in order to further the aims and objectives of the institute.

4.   To collect, preserve and exhibit archival materials having historical importance and significance.

5.   To establish, maintain and expand museum on the life, the work and the time of Rishi Bankim Chandra.

6.   To establish and maintain a research oriented rich library.

7.   To maintain and preserve the ancestral house of Bankim Chandra with a view to preserving the memory of Bankim Chandra.

Different Segments of the Institute


A) Handwritten and printed documents

The nucleus of the Archive was formed primarily with the materials collected from the family of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, which includes Land and Property Deeds (Since early 18th century A.D.), Wills, Pattas, Diaries, Letters, Official Reports, Drafts, Bills, Notes, Proof  Sheets,

Invitation Cards etc. of Chattopadhyay family. Besides that very rare documents of MM Haraprasad Shastri; Pramathanath Mitra, the founder of ‘Anushilan Samity’ ;  renouned writer of bengali literature Samaresh Basu, great artist Ramkinkar Beij are also presered in the archive.

These rare archival materials are being cleaned and stored digitally, while the originals are being laminated for permanent preservation. These documents are very precious materials for research on nineteenth century Socio-Cultural History.

B) Puthi

An important component of the archive is a collection of nearly 200 Sanskrit Puthis donated by the descendants of MM Haraprasad Shastri. These Puthis were used in the ‘Toll’ of Shastri family since 1760 and comprise of disciplines like Smriti, Vyakaran, Tantra, Navya Naya, Kavya etc.

C) A Collection of Records of ‘Vande Mataram’ Song

The B.B.G.K. archive possesses a rich collection of records of ‘Vande Mataram’ song, sung by eminent musicians, vocalist like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Pandit Omkarnath, Dilip Kr. Roy, Ms. Subbulakshmi, Maghubai Kurdikar and others. These old records have been cleaned with the help of HMV and preserved in compact disk. This collection is also a rare possession of the Centre which could be used for research on music and nationalism.


The present museum of B.B.G.K. is housed in the ‘Baithak Khana’ (Parlour), built by Bankim Chandra himself around 1866-67 where most of his literary works were penned. The ‘Vande Mataram’ song was also composed here and set to tune by his music teacher famous Jadu Bhatta for the first time.

The personal effects of Bankim Chandra, rare photographs of his family members and associates are displayed in the museum that attracts regular visitors from all over India. Exhibits in thematic units have been arranged, highlighting in details the creative activities of Bankim Ch. and his associates of the period. The total collection accumulated could not be displayed due to paucity of space, hence an annexe building is contemplated to extend the existing museum.


The nucleus of the library of B.B.G.K. was formed with the collection of books and journals received from the family of Bankim Chandra. The Library consists ––

i) the collection of Chattopadhyay family, donated by Satanjib Chattopadhyay, grandson of Sanjib Chandra

ii) the collection of Prof. Manjugopal Bhattacharya, nephew of MM Haraprasad Shastri

iii) the collection of late Prof. Chintaharan Chakraborty of Presidency College

iv) the collection of late Prof. Bhabotosh Dutta of Visvabharati

v) books received as presentation from Pashim Banga Bangla Academy, Sahitya Samsad, Bimal Kar, family members of famous writer of bengali literature Samaresh Basu, Prof. Sanat Basu, Sri Ramendra nath Ghosh, Sri Jyotsnamoy Ghosh, Sri Gobinda Prasad Ghosh, Prof. Dilip Kr. Biswas, Prof. Chuni Chaudhury, Dr. Nirmal Roy.

vi) famous Art Journal ‘Marg’ received as donation from Dr. Pratapaditya Pal, General Editor, Marg Publication.

vii) the journals of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh published in both english and bengali.

The library is a vital component of this research centre.


A) Bangadarshan

The journal of Bankim-Bhavan Gaveshana Kednra has been published regularly since 2000.

B) Books

i) Rabindranather Bankim Chandra : A complete collection of writings of Rabindranath on Bankim Chandra with notes and references edited by Dr. Bijali Sarkar.

ii) Bangadarshan Parampara :  A research monograph edited by Prof. Bhabotosh Dutta and Dr. Bijali Sarkar on the history of Bangadarshan Patrika successively edited by Bankim Ch., Sanjib Ch. Rabindra Nath and others. This monograph contains of full index of different periods of the publication of this journal.

C) Monograph

i) Bankim Paribarer Meyera

ii) Rishi Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay 

iii) Bankim Bhavan Gaveshana Kendrar Katha

iv) Sree Sree Radhaballav Jew Rath O Rather Mela   

v) ‘Vandemataram’ Er  Sur : Utsha O Baichitra 

D) Others

i) Photo Album : A set of photographs of  family members of Bankim Chandra.

ii) Vande Mataram C.D.  : Collection of Vande Mataram song sung by eminent musicians, vocalist like Rabindra Nath Tagore, Pandit Omkarnath, Dilip Kr. Roy, Ms. Subbulakshmi, Maghubai Kurdikar and others




B.B.G.K. has mainly organished two seminars every year, one on the occasion of  Bankim Jayanty and anathor on the occasion of Haraprasad Jayanti. Many eminent personalities enlightened our Gaveshana Kendra on different occasions like Shri Debnath Bandhopadhyay, Karunasindhu Das, Tapan Roy Chowdhury, Amar Mitra, Rabi Sankar Bal, Rama Prasad Banik, Bhabotosh Dutta, Buddhadeb Dasgupta, Bibhas Chakraborty, Gautam Bhadra, Chittaranjan Ponda, Ram Bahal Tewary, Bani Basu, Asoke Sen, Dwijen Bandyopadhyay, Saroj Bandyopadhyay.

Restoration of the Ancestral House of Bankim Chandra :

Restoration of Ancestral House of Bankim Chandra is almost completed. The restoration work started under the supervision of the Architecture Department of Jadavpur University. A group of teachers and research scholars led by Prof. Somen Chakraborty the then Head of the Architecture Department of Jadavpur University inspected the huge building that was rendered a virtual Khandahar. After thorough inspection  Prof. Chakraborty prepare the restoration plan and the ancestral house has been restored according to the plan.

The various experts including Chief  Engineer of P.W.D., Chief Architect of West Bengal , representatives of the Department of Culture Govt. of India and representative of the National Archive inspected the work of restoration on different occasions and highly appreciated the restoration project. Hon’ble former Governor of West Bengal Sri Gopal Krishna Gandhi visited this prime heritage of our country and he was pleased to comment that this restoration work may be considered as a model of heritage preservation. We are realy grateful to the Jadavpur University for this performance.





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Kolkata – 700 094, Ph.: 2462-5794/5795/7252

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The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (CSSSC) was founded in 1973, mainly with the aim to undertake, promote and co-ordinate research in social sciences, with special emphasis on the problems of the eastern region and West Bengal.


1.             CONFERENCE/ WORKSHOP:


The Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta organized a four day workshop on “NRTT- CSSSC Workshop for Beginning Doctoral Scholars” from July 1 to July 4, 2008.


RTP Programme, 2007- 2008


The Research Training Programme (RTP) 2007- 2008 which began on August 6, 2007, was completed on June, 2008. The Following students successfully completed the course and was awarded certificates:




i) RBI Endowment Scheme, set up at CSSSC, by the Reserve bank of India, is headed by Professor Sugata Marjit, RBI Professor of Industrial Economics.


ii) South Asia Union Catalogue- Phase II Project, this three- year project aims to create a historical bibliography of South Asia from 1556 to 1956 and upload all MARC 21 records to OCLC and SAUC server for public access. This is a quadrangular project in collaboration with University of Chicago, Centre for Research Libraries, Chicago, Roja Muthiah Research Library, Chennai and CSSSC. CSSSC is responsible for computing bibliographic records available in Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, North- Eastern provinces, Bangladesh, Bhutan and colonial Burma. The coordinator in South Asia of the project is Abhijit Bhattacharya.


iii) Village Health Plan of West Bengal, sponsored by National Rural Health Commission, West Bengal, is a pilot project involved in preparation of village health plan for six villages in six districts of West Bengal. The project is co-ordinated by Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh.


iv)  Mainstreaming International Trade into National Development Strategy- Consumer Unity and Trust Society, International (CUTS), sponsored by Consumer Unity and Trust Society, International, studies the impact of increasing exposure to international trade and investment on various dimensions of well being off general population in India with special reference to West Bengal, carried out by Dr. Saibal Kar and Professor Sugata Marjit.


v)  Dissemination of Advertisement and Commercial Art, sponsored by the India Foundation of Arts (IFA), Bangalore, for dissemination of advertisement and commercial art in Bengali Language and creation of a web- based archive of select documents. Professor Gautam Bhadra is the principal investigator of the project and Abhijit Bhattacharya acts as a co- investigator.


vi)  Minorities Concentration Districts (MCD), sponsored by the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, New Delhi, to conduct a survey in twelve districts of West Bengal, one district in Orissa and one district in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The survey comprises of collection of household data and village level data as well as suggestions for drawing up a multi- sectoral plan at the district level. The project is headed by, Professor Sugata Marjit.


3.         NEW PROJECTS:


What explains differences in human development outcomes across space? An Analysis of Education Outcomes in India, sponsored by The Sir Ratan Tata Foundation (SRTT). Professor Jyotsna Jalan is the co-ordinator of this project.


Training in New Social Science Research Methods, sponsored by the Navajbai Ratan Tata Trust (NRTT). This three year project will provide scholarships to the students of the Research Training Programme (RTP) at the Centre, based on merit, also hold annual workshops for the beginning doctoral scholars, annual workshop for doctoral and post doctoral scholars, short- term post doctoral fellowships.


4.         RTP 2008- 2009


The Research Training Programme (RTP) 2008- 2009 began at the Centre on August 4, 2008 with the following students-


Non- Scholarship Awardees:             -           5 Students


NRTT- Scholarship Awardees:           -          8 Students

5.         NEW Projects:


v  “Embedding poor people’s voices in local governance: participation and political empowerment in India” sponsored by ESRC- DFID and University of Sheffield.


v  A Cultural History Archive For Eastern India”, a research and archival project sponsored by the Ford Foundation, under the “ Higher Education and Scholarship Programme”.


v  Improving Institution for Pro- Poor Growth”, sponsored by University of Manchester, U.K. and DFID, U. K.


v  “Land Resource Utilisation in Tea- Industry: Current problem and Future Prospects with special reference to Labour” sponsored by National Tea Research Foundation, India.


v  “A Quantitative Study of Tea Industry Market: Pricing and Organisation” sponsored by the National Tea Research Foundation, India.


v  ARCADIA Programme on Endangered Archive at the British Library, supported the pilot project titled Rescuing Text from the public institutions in Eastern India.





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 Estd. 1st July ,1960



To commemorate the Birth Centenary of Acharya J. C. Bose, India's first modern scientist, this unique institution was established in the year 1958 by visionaries like Dr. B. C. Roy, Sir Jehangir Ghandy, Sir R. Mudaliar and other noted educationists and industrialists. The program was inaugurated by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. JBNSTS is an autonomous Registered Society under West Bengal Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (No. S/4353 of 1960-61), promoted by the Government of West Bengal and administered by a Governing Body with representatives from the Government, Academics and Industry. It enjoys status of a special institution as declared by Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal. Presently, Chief Patron of JBNSTS is Hon'ble Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Governor of West Bengal. The President is Shri Jyoti Basu, former Chief Minister, Government of West Bengal, and Chairman is Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee, noted industrialist.



  • To identify talented students at a young age who will emerge as scientists, technologists and doctors of very high abilities in the future and become the "builders of modern India".
  • To nurture them through enrichment programs to develop their talents.
  • To motivate students to realize the importance of excellence in the scientific world and educate them to cultivate this goal in real life as students of science.
  • Conserve scientific talent with a view to provide for the nation's need for science and technology personnel.



Financed by the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, the functions of JBNSTS were primarily limited to West Bengal only. However, from the early 90's, it started to spread its activities to the neighboring 12 states of Eastern and Northeastern Region. Presently, JBNSTS is engaged in a number of projects in collaboration with DST, Govt. of India, CSIR, Govt. of India, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Govt. of India etc. A successful district level motivational program is being implemented for middle school students in West Bengal and is also funded by the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of W. Bengal. Apart from that, a project for training of science teachers of West Bengal has been undertaken in collaboration with DST, Govt. of West Bengal.


Programs undertaken by JBNSTS in collaboration with Dept. of Higher Education,

Govt. of West Bengal


a)         Senior Scholarship Scheme : Aided by Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal


This is the core program of JBNSTS. Since the inception of this organization, this program has remained at the center of all the activities. Under this scheme, the undergraduate students of Pure Science, Medicine and Engineering appear in a multiphase selection procedure and those who are selected are awarded this prestigious scholarship. The selected scholars are motivated and nurtured throughout their M.Sc/ M.B.B.S./ B.E./ B.Tech. level. JBNSTS has a very luminous list of scholars. Almost all the scholars occupy very high positions in their field of works.


The students, who passed Higher Secondary examination or its equivalent in 2008, appeared in the written test on September 28, 2008. A total of 791 students applied for the test in 12 centers in West Bengal. On the basis of merit, 81 students were called for the interview and 44 students among them were selected for Scientific Creativity Test. Finally, 24 students were selected for this prestigious award. The selected scholars get a monthly scholarship of Rs.1,000/- and book grant of Rs.1000/- per year during the period of the scholarship. Besides, they are invited to take part in various follow-up Programs like seminars, talent enrichment programs, and educational tours, project works etc.


b)         West Bengal District Scheme: Aided by Higher Education Department, Govt. of West Bengal


The main focus of this scheme is on the underprivileged but meritorious students of remote areas of the State. This year JBNSTS has focused on Siliguri, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Paschim Midnapore and Murshidabad. A number of science workshops were organized in different schools for the students of those areas.


Under this program, residential and non-residential science workshops are organized in the districts for students of Class VIII and IX for 3 to 4 days. About 60 - 65 students nominated by the schools of a particular area and accompanying science teachers from each school take part in these workshops. The workshops consist of both theory and practical lessons and also outdoor assignments not included in the school syllabus. The participating students are exposed to the exciting and advanced areas of science, which are basic to the understanding of the core concept of the subjects. They are also encouraged to develop self learning through self exploration. It is an excellent opportunity for the young students to understand the basic areas of science as well as the global character of scientific activities. In the year 2008-09, JBNSTS has held a special enrichment workshop in Kolkata from specially talented students of Dinajpur and Malda.


c)         Teachers’ Training Program for Middle School Science Teachers of West Bengal: Aided by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of West Bengal


Since 2004, initially with support from Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai and subsequently support from Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of West Bengal several Teachers’ Training Programs have been conducted with middle school science teachers to motivate teachers towards improved teaching methodologies in science. In the 1st phase, 72 teachers were identified and trained at our institute. In the 2nd phase training program for each of the science subjects including Environmental Science were arranged separately for further advanced training followed by demonstrative science workshop conducted by the teachers already trained in JBNSTS teachers training program.



The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India has been contributing to the talent enrichment of selected scholars since 1962 and has in the past few years extended its support to JBNSTS to cater to undergraduate science students from Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh also.


Since 1999, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India has been contributing to a range of Contact Programs for undergraduate science students of the Northeastern States as well as students from Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.


From the year 1991 a project to motivate, identify and nurture the young talented science students from 8 northeastern States had been undertaken which was initially supported by MHRD, Govt. of India and later supported by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. On the basis of merit, students were selected for this prestigious award. Scholarship: monthly Rs.300/- and one time book grant of Rs.750/- during the period of the scholarship.


From the year 2008-09, a project to motivate, identify and nurture the young talented undergraduate science students from 8 northeastern States had been undertaken supported by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region. On the basis of merit, students were selected for this prestigious award.






09/05 – 11/05/08: WB-DST Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~50), held at Jadavpur Sammilita Balika Vidyalaya, Kolkata.


18/05 – 22/05/08: WB-DST Teachers’ Training Program on “Mathematics” for teachers from West Bengal districts including Kolkata(~12), held at JB-Centre of Excellence, Kolkata. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participating Schools.


28/05 – 30/05/08: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students (~53) held at Tarai Tarapada Adarsha Vidyalaya, Siliguri. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants and to the participating Schools. Awareness Program at the 2 institutions in Siliguri for Undergraduate Science Students were held.


04/06 – 07/06/08: Talent Enrichment Program for 14 Senior JB-Scholars. They have visited Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre and SN Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences.


23/06 – 25/06/08: Talent Enrichment Program for 9 Senior JB-Scholars. They have visited 05 Science & Technology Centers in   Kolkata. They are Indian Institute of Chemical Biology, Bose Institute, Chembiotek, Indian Statistical Institute and Science City.

18/07 – 20/07/08: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students (~64) held at Malda Town High School, Malda. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants and to the participating Schools.


27/07 – 31/07/08: Teachers’ Training Program “Teaching Science through Experiments and Ideas” teachers’ from Burdwan and Nadia (~40), held at Kashiram Das Institution, Katwa, Burdwan. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants.


01/08/08 – 29/08/08: Awareness Program at a large scale was conducted in Institutions in West Bengal including Kolkata for Senior Talent Search Test 2008.


19/08 – 23/08/08: Teachers’ Training Program “Teaching Science through Experiments and Ideas” teachers’ from Birbhum and Hooghly (~35), held at Illumbazar Community Hall, Birbhum. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants.


25/08/08 – 27/08/08: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~69) held at  Raiganj Coronation High School, Uttar Dinajpur. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants and to the participating Schools.


28/08/08 – 30/08/08: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~58) held at  Balurghat Jaychand Lal Pragati Vidyachakra, Dakshin Dinajpur. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants and to the participating Schools.


18/09/08 – 20/08/08: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~51) held at P.N.Roy Vidyaniketan, Kharagpur, Paschim Midnapur. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants and to the participating Schools.


28/ 09/08: Senior Talent Search Test 2008. 791 undergraduate science students applied for this examination and 613 students appeared at the following 12 examination centers:


(1) JB-Centre of Excellence,  (2) Presidency College, Kolkata, (3) Narendrapur R  K  Mission Residential,  College, Narndrapur, Kolkata, (4) R  K  Mission Vidyamandira, Belur Math, Howrah, (5) Burdwan Town School, Burdwan, (6) Krishnanath College, Behrampore, Murshidabad, (7) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, (8) Siliguri  College, Siliguri, (9) Darjeeling Government College, Darjeeling, (10) Rashtraguru Surendranath College, Barrackpore, Kolkata, (11) Narula Institute of Technology, Agarpara, Kolkata, (12) National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, Burdwan.


22/10/08 – 26/10/08: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~40) held at JB-Centre of Excellence, Kolkata. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants.


01/11 – 02/11/08:     Project Evaluation and Discussion, Phase – I for 25 Sr.  JBNSTS Scholars, held at JB-Centre of Excellence, Kolkata.


12/11/08: “One day Science Program :  In memory of  Late  Prof. Amarnath Bhaduri” for middle School Students(~42) in Kolkata, jointly organized by JBNSTS and A N Bhaduri Foundation held at JB-Centre of Excellence, Kolkata. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the student-participants.


29/11/ - 30/11/08: Final Interview for short listed (81) students of West Bengal for the award of Senior JBNSTS Scholarship, held at JB - Centre of Excellence, Kolkata.


06/12 - 07/12/08: Scientific Creativity Test for short listed (44) undergraduate science students of West Bengal for the award of Senior JBNSTS Scholarship held at  JB - Centre of Excellence, Kolkata. 


31/12/08: Orientation program  for Senior Scholars (2008 batch)  and Interaction  with  Shri Jyoti Basu, President of JBNSTS and former Chief Minister of West Bengal held at Indira Bhavan, Salt Lake, Kolkata. Annual Award Ceremony held at JB-Centre of Excellence. Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organization, Bangalore was the Chief Guest.  After a brief introductory lecture, he gave away the certificates to JBNSTS Senior Scholars, Project Awardees and Best School Awards to (i)South Point High School, Kolkata and (ii) Barrackpore Government High School, 24 Parganas (N). He interacted with scholars and gifted a gold plated replica of Chandrayan – I to JBNSTS.


20/01/09:  Teachers Training Program - Awareness cum Orientation for high school teachers at Purulia. Held at Purulia Zilla School, Purulia (~61).


21/01/09: Teachers Training Program - Awareness cum Orientation for high school teachers at Bankura. Held at Bankura Banga Vidyalaya, Bankura (~43). 


11/02/ - 15/02/09: Teachers’ Training Program “Teaching Science through Experiments and Ideas” for teachers’ from Kolkata and South 24 Parganas (~ 52) held at JB-Centre of Excellence for Student Scientists.  Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participating teachers.


19/02/08 – 21/02/09: WBDS Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~74) held at Jiaganj Raja Bijoy Singh Vidyamandir, Murshidabad. Science books were distributed during the workshop to the participants and to the participating Schools.


21/03/- 22/03/ 09: Seminar on “Total Solar Eclipse: a grand cosmic phenomenon”.  Held at JB-Centre of Excellence (~33)






21/04 – 25/04/08: Awareness Program Silchar and Karimganj districts in Assam. Science Workshop on “Current Scenario of Biotechnology in 21st Century” for  middle  School Students(~60 ) held at Gurucharan College, Silchar, Assam.


19/05 – 22/05/08: Science Workshop “Chemistry for Advanced School Children” for  middle  School Students(~58) held at Dibrugarh Bengali High School, Dibrugarh, Assam.


28/05 – 31/05/08: Science Workshop on “Current Scenario of Nanotechnology” for middle School Students(~55) held at Manipur Public School, Imphal, Manipur.


03/06–06/06/08: Science Workshop on “Protection of Bio-Diversity” for middle School Students(~63) held at Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Cherrapunjee.


17/06 – 20/06/08: Science Workshop on “Foundation of Chemistry and Application” for middle School Students  (~67) held at Shishu Bihar H.S. School, Agartala.


01/07–04/07/08: Science Workshop on “Scientists–Their Lives and Innovations” for middle School Students(~35) held at National Public School, Guwahati.


06/08 - 09/08/08: Awareness Program & Science Workshop on “Environmental Issues &  Its Impact on Biodiversity” for middle School Students(~70) held at Patkai Christian College, Dimapur, Nagaland.


20/08 - 23/08/08: Science Workshop on “From Earth to the Heavens” for middle School Students (~35) held at Government Higher Secondary  School, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh.


21/08 - 23/08/08: Science Workshop on “World of Atoms and Molecules” for middle School Students (~62) held at MRS  K  M  P  Inter College, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand .


09/09 - 12/09/08: Awareness Program & Science Workshop on “Evolution of Physics : Classical to Modern” for middle School Students (~52) held at Government Mizo Higher Secondary School, Aizawl, Mizoram.


02/11/08: 18th Junior Talent Search Test 2008 - 1300 science students of NE States applied for (TST) Examination and 1008 students appeared for the test from Northeastern States at 41 examination centers.


09/11/08: 1st NE Senior Talent Search Test 2008 – 119 undergraduate science students applied for (TST) Examination and 80 students appeared for the test from Northeastern States at 15 examination centers.


27/01 – 30/01/09: Workshop on “Exposure to Frontline Research in Science” for the (~39) students of Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and Chhattishgarh held at JB-Centre of Excellence, Kolkata.


08/02/09: Second & Final Phase exam of 18th Junior Talent Search Test 2008 for short listed 476 students (appeared 410) from Northeastern States at 15 centers . 


13/02 - 15/02/09: Workshop on “Bio-Technology : Trends, Techniques and Transgenic” for Undergraduate Science Students (~60) held at Samanta Chandra Sekhar Autonomous College, Puri, Orissa.


25/02 – 27/02/09: Workshop on “The Scientific Temper and How to develop It” for middle school students (~64) held at Paljor Namgyal Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Gangtok, Sikkim.


               24/03 – 27/03/09: 09: Workshop “Astronomy & Astrophysics – Current perspectives and future challenges” for middle school students (~58) to be held at Laban Bengalee Boys’ Higher Secondary School.







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The Institute of Historical Studies, Kolkata, founded by Dr. S. P. Sen, in April, 1961 as a pioneering organisation devoted to the cause of historical study and research completed the forty-fifth year of its fascinating history of sustained growth to attain a phenomenal hight in the academic world. The Institute which has an all-India membership is governed by an Executive Committee of 20 members excluding the Government Nominee and a Director.  During the span of forty-seven years, the Institute has received the patronage and co-operation of scholars of national and international repute.  All the regular activities of the Institute continues as before with renewed vigour and enthusiasm under the able leadership of Directors of the Institute with their long experiences as teachers of history. 


At present the activities of the Institute are :


(a)     To hold discussion meetings, preferably once a month, where eminent scholars, both Indian and foreign, present papers on subjects of their specialization.


(b)  To organize seminars, on relevant themes of historical interest in which eminent scholars are invited to deliver lectures from different point of view.  The Institute also organizes seminars in collaboration with other academic bodies.


(c)  To encourage young scholars, the Institute organizes each year the Junior Research Scholars’ Seminar in connection with the celebration of our Founders’ Day Anniversary.  In the whole day         seminar organized on 9th June, 2008, about fifteen scholars presented thoughtful papers on subjects of their specialization, followed by   quite purposive discussions.


(d)   To organize scheduled lectures both Memorial and Endowment every year according to the terms of Endowments created by some of our members and well-wishers from time to time.


At present the Memorial/Endowment Lectures are organized as follows:















Besides organizing the lectures mentioned above during 2008-09, we observed the birth centenary celebrations of D.D. Kosambi on 10th May, 2008 and Simone de Beauvoir on 25th October, 2008.  A one day seminar was also held on 14th February, 2009 in collaboration with Netaji Bhavana Mancha on ‘Nationalism, Media and Subhas Chandra Bose : Issues and Challenges’.


(e) To hold an Annual Conference of our members (from different  parts of the country) at different places, where two broad themes are selected for discussion : (i) a general theme covering all the regions of India and (ii) a special theme on the history of the region where the conference meets.  Papers are read on different aspects of these themes by a large number of scholars in five or six sessions, spread over three days.  The Conference is hosted by different higher academic institutions and universities of India.  The inaugural session of the Conference is presided over by the most distinguished historian.  Participants come from all parts of the country and evinced an active interest and take part in the discussions.  A good number of universities co-operate with us by sending delegates to the conference.  For each Annual Conference papers are invited on specific themes and in the light of discussions in the Conference session the papers are at times revised and even re-written.  Later, these papers are carefully edited and a self contained volume with a meaningful title is published.


During the year 2008-2009 the Institute conducted the Annual Conference at Tirupati from 6th to 8th March, 2009.  The principal theme of discussion at the Conference was ‘Religion and Culture in India Through the Ages’ and about 153 delegates attended the conference.


(f) To publish from time to time books containing selections of important papers presented and discussed at the seminars and the annual conferences.  The Institute has brought about a good number of research publications for the promotion and advancement of historical knowledge.  The most important publication of the Institute is the Dictionary of National Biography, the first of its kind in India.  It is dedicated to the memory of those, who had been working in different spheres of life, holding different ideas and following different methods, had contributed to the making of modern India.  It is intended to remind the new, post-independence generation of the debt and gratitude it owes to the earlier generations whose labours and sacrifices have made possible all that we are enjoying today.  The four volumes of the Dictionary of National Biography include biographical sketches of 1400 eminent Indians who had contributed to the nation’s life from the beginning of the 19th Century to the winning of independence.


Encouraged by the success of Dictionary of National Biography (DNB), the Institute has undertaken the Supplementary DNB (1947-1972) with 1200 entries covering the first 25 years since independence.  Volume I & II have been published and volume III is at the press.


During the year 2008-2009 the Institute brought out the following  publications :


1.  Making of British Assam by J.B. Bhattacharjee, 2008


2.  Urbanisation in Bengal from Ancient to Modern Times,

     Ed. by Dr. Chittabrata Palit, 2009.


3.  Changing Faces of Folk Culture, Ed. by Dr. Chittabrata  Palit, 2009.


4.  Indian Historiography, Volume I, Ed. by Dr. Chittabrata  Palit, 2009.


5.  Continuities of Civil Rebellion in the Indian Mutinees, Ed. by Dr. Chittabrata Palit, 2009


6.  Studies in India’s Maritime Trade, 2nd Edition, 2009



(g)  To publish a quarterly historical journal, entitled The Quarterly Review of Historical Studies.  The Quarterly Review of Historical Studies has been enriched over the years, with contributions from reputed scholars, Indian and foreign.  At the same time it has always kept its column open for young and talented scholars who, not un-often, are denied the satisfaction of getting their findings in print.  The Review aims at promoting historical knowledge and in kindling interest in the same, with its means, by giving publicity to the findings of academics, old and young.  The journal is running the 46th year of its publication.  The journal has subscribers even outside India.


(h)  To grant affiliation to scholars  (not necessarily our members) working on their independent research projects with the help of research fellowship granted by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi, and such other bodies.


(i)  To undertake project work with the grant from the Indian Council of Historical Research, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, Indian National Science Academy (INSA) New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi, Government of West Bengal and such other bodies.  Two research projects entitled ‘Indian Historiography’ as funded by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi and ‘Documentation of Dhokra Art of Bardhaman and Bankura Districts, West Bengal’ as funded by the Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal, are going on.  The first volume of the project work ‘Indian Historiography’ has come out and the 2nd volume of the work will come out shortly.


(j)     Library - The Institute specializes in historical journals and has most well-known historical journals of the world.  The foreign journals include journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Pacific Affairs, Journal of Asian & African Studies, Journal Asiatique, SHIGAKU – ZASSHI and THE TOYO GAKUHO etc. Some of the Indian journals include Indian Quarterly, Indian Horizons, Journal of Sikh Studies, The Sikh Review, Jayasree, Praci Jyoti, Span, Vishveshvaranand Indological Journal, Journal of Oriental Research, Annals of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute and Journal of the Institutional Dayanand Vedapeetha etc.  The library has a good number of rare collections like Prabashi  etc.


The Department of Higher Education, Government of West Bengal has kindly released an amount of Rs. 5 lakhs for the development of our library.


                        Future Plans and Programmes                    


The future plans and programmes relating to activities of the Institute depend very largely upon the financial assistance that we can secure from the Central and State Governments as well as benevolent persons and institutions, interested in historical studies.


These may be summed up as follows:


(a)     To bring out the 2nd and enlarged edition of our prestigious publication ‘Dictionary of National Biography’ (Four volumes) incorporating some other eminent personalities.  The first edition of the title is out of stock at present.  Considering its academic value and demand from scholars and academic institutions of the state, we also intend to bring out the Bengali version of the title.


                        (b)  To publish the Dictionary of National Biography, Supplement Volume – IV.


(c)  To publish Indian Historiography, Volume II – IV.  The first volume of the title is the outcome of the project on Indian Historiography (funded by the Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi).  Each volume has been planned to include sections on ancient, medieval and modern India.  The volumes will make a significant contributions to the Indian historiography which is now an emerging area of interest and has been included in the syllabi of all universities.



d)      To open a six months course on Heritage Tourism at the Institute.  The purpose of the course will not just be to generate internal revenue but also to see to it that those who join the course and get the diploma are suitably placed in the areas of Tourism and research.  This will also help to develop tourism of the State of West Bengal.  Towards the effective implementation of the programme, a workshop was held at the Institute and Smt. Pritha Sarkar, Joint Director, Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal has attended the workshop.  The syllabus for the course is prepared with the help and co-operation of the Department of Tourism, University of Burdwan.  The University of Burdwan has agreed to affiliate the course.  The course will be opened immediately on receipt of its affiliation from the University.



e)     We have applied to funding agencies like INSA, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi for our research projects.  The projects are (a) Biodiversity in Bengal : Historical Perspective, (b) Tibetan Refugees of Darjeeling and Sikkim : A Socio-Economic Profile with focus on Intergenerational Changes, and (c) Religious Arts and Crafts of the Eastern Himalayas : A Study Among the Buddhist Communities of Darjeeling and Sikkim.


        We are thankful to all those who have given us financial assistance, to all members of the Executive Committee for their kind co-operation and guidance, and to all the members and well-wishers of the Institute for their active interest and participation in the academic activities of the Institute.





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Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad (Founded in 1978 in Kolkata) is one of the largest regional associations of professional historians and history- inclined people in West Bengal. It has maintained close links with the Indian History Congress for more than tw o decades, as an organisation of historians, teachers, research scholars and history loving people from every districts of West Bengal as well as other parts of India and abroad. It has more than 3000 members ranging from the age of 18 and they are categorized as Life. As a matter of fact, the Sarmsad is the largest professional organization of the Historians and the Social Scientist committed to the writing of History on secular and scientific basis.


Objectives of Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad


(1)  Promotion to the cause of teaching and social relevant research in history and allied areas through the Bengal language and cultivation of linkages with other regional associations pursuing historical research in the mother tongue of their respective regions;

(2)  Initiation and consolidation of efforts aimed at upholding the secular and scientific values in matters of teaching and research in history and allied areas;

(3)  Initiation and consolidation of efforts aimed at resisting and eradicating the menace of communalism;

(4) Rendering assistance to academic bodies involved in rationalising and updating history curricula followed in various schools/ colleges/ universities of West Bengal;

(5) Publication of books and compilation of documents emerging from the academic activities of the Samsad.


Activities in 2008-2009


1.   Organised the 10th Ashin Das Gupta Memorial Lecture which was delivered by Professor Pabitra Sarkar on “Itihas O Sahitya" on 15th March 2008 at Jibananada Sabhagriha. Paschimbanga Bangla Academy.


2.   Organised the D.D.Kosambi Birth-Centenary Lecture which was delivered by Professor Shyamal Chakraborty on 3rd May 2008 at Dwarbhanga Hall. University of Calcutta.


3.   Organised the 13th  Sushovan Sarkar Memorial Lecture was delivered by Prof. Sudhir Chakraborty on 'Banglar Gounya-Dharmer Itihas’ on 19th August 2008 at Presidency College,  Kolkata


4. Professor Ashok Dutta of the department of Archaeology. Calcutta I 'niversiry speaks in the Symposium on “Mogolmari Archaeological Excavation", organised by PBIS in collaboration with Vidyasagar Centre of lndological Studies. Rabindra Bharati university. held on 26th  November, 2008 at Emerald Bower Campus, RBU.


5. Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad in Collaboration with National Service Scheme and Women Studies Centre. Rabindra Bharati University jointly organized a day long NATIONAL LEVEL WORKSHOP under the tutelage of West Bengal Commission For Women on  ‘Women & Law : Historical Legacy and Evolution' on 29 November,2008 at Udaysankar Kaksha, Jorasanko Campus (6/4 Darakanath Tagore Lane, Kolkata-7) of the Rabindra Bharati University. The Workshop was inaugurated at 10-30 am by Prof. Karunasindhu Das,Vice-Chancellor. RBU alone with Prof. Malini Bhattacharya, Chairperson, West Bengal Commission For Women as Guest-in-Chief Prof. Ishita Mukherjee. Director, Centre for Women Studies,C.U was present as a special guest and the workshop was presided over by Dr. Manju Chaiterjee, Prof. Aniruddha Ray, President PBIS has given valedictory address. The Resource Persons were Prof. Gangotri Chakrobarty, Ruksmini Sen, Ratnabali Charterji, Chandrei Alam, Bikramjit De, Taj Muhammad, Sarbani Ray, Swati Ghosh, Suparna Guptu, Tapati Mukherjee & others. Welcome address was delivered by Dr Rajashri Basu, Director. Women's Studies Centre, and RBU. About 100 hundred scholars from different learned institutions of West Bengal participated in the Workshop.

6. The 24th Annual Conference of the Samsad was held from 24 to 26 January 2009 at the Department of History, Rabindra Bharati University (Emerald Bower Campus). Professor Sabyasachi Bhattachrya, The Chairman, Indian Council for Historical Research and ex- Vice-Chancellor, Visva Bharati inaugurated the Conference and Prof. Sudarshan Raychaudhury, Hon'ble Minister of Higher Education, Govt. of West-Bengal was present to grace the occasion on as Chief Guest. Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor, RBU, Prof. Karuna Sindhu Das was present as the Guest-in-Honour in the inaugural ceremony and Prof. Aniruddha Ray presided over the function. In academic session, the Keynote address had been given by the eminent historian Prof. Deepak Kumar of JNU, New Delhi.


The Sectional Presidents were as follows : Prof Subrata Chakraborly (Ancient), Prof. EzazHussain (Medieval): Prof. Swapan Basu(Modern) : Prof. Bhaskar Chakraborty (International). On this occasion, the Samsad organised the Abdul Wahab Mahmood memorial Seminar on Swadesh O Sanskriti: The Bengal Art, which was held in the afternoon of January 24, 2009. Prof. Satyajit Chaudhury, Prof. Ratnabali Chatterjee and Shri Indranath Bandyopadhyay presentesd their papers and Prof Manju Chatterjee presided over the Seminar. More than one thousand Delegates as well as observer from different schools,colleges, universities and learned institutions of West Bengal included nearly one hundred Delegates from abroad and across the country used to attend the conference. The Proceedings (Itihas Anusandhan-23) of previous conference along with a souvenir was published on this occasion.


Publications in 2008-2009


1 . Itihasi O Sahitya (Ashin Dasgupta Memorial Lecturer, 2008) by Pabitra Sarkar.


2. Bangalir Gounya-Dharma Charchar Itihas (Susobhan Chandra Sarkar Memorial Lecturer, 2008) by Sudhir Chakraborty.


3. Banglar Swadeshi Ganajagaran (Proceedings of the Seminar on the ‘Centenary of The Swadeshi Movement’ held at Tamluk College,2005) Ed. by Souvik Banerjee.


4. Itihash Anusandhan Vol. 23 (Proceedings of Annual Conference & Seminar held in 2008 at Hiralal Mazumder Memorial College For Girls, Dakshineswar):Ed. by Prof.Aniruddha Ray.


5. Itihash Anusandhan: Suchi Sankalan (Anthology of 25 years Vols. Contents) Ed. by Susnata Das.


6. Smaranika (Souvenir) published on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee conference of the Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad under the auspices of History Dept. Rabindra Bharati University : Ed. by Sujata Mukherjee & Susnata Das.





Gol Park, Calcutta 700029

Telephone: 2464-1303, Fax : (91-33)2464-1307, E.mail :

Estd. 1938



The Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, one of the main branch centers of Ramakrishna Mission with Headquarters at Belur Math, Howrah, West Bengal, presently located at Gol Park, in South Kolkata has always striven for upgrading the cultural values through the dissemination of the basic teachings of Vedanta as interpreted by Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda and demonstrated through their divine lives and teachings. In its nearly seven decades of existence, the Institute has come to occupy a significant place for the philanthropic, cultural and educational activities through the dissemination of Indology, especially on Indian philosophy and culture in all aspects.



Activities during the year 2008-2009 :


Confirment of Vivekananda Award 2009

It was a year of one spectacular event such as conferment of Vivekananda award 2009.  Sri Asim Chaudhuri of Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., an eminent scholar well-known for his study and research on Swami Vivekananda in America was selected by the Institute for the Vivekananda Award 2009.  On 18 March, 2009, in an impressive ceremony Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj, President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math presented cash award of Rs. 1.00 lakh and an elegantly decorated and aesthetically prepared Citation to Sri Asim Chaudhuri for his two outstanding books namely “Swami Vivekananda in America — New Findings” and “Swami Vivekananda in Chicago — New Findings.”  Mr S. S. Nijjar, Hon’ble Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court delivered the Presidential Address.

Foundation Day Celebration

With a day-long programme the Institute celebrated its 71st Foundation Day on 29 January 2009.            Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi, Governor of West Bengal attended the Reception and went round the Children’s Art Exhibition set up by the Sarada Devi School of Arts and Crafts.  The Governor presided over the Foundation Day meeting.  The Foundation Day Oration was given by   Professor Samir K. Brahmachari, Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi on “Are Life Scientists trying to play God ?”

Anniversary Celebration of Sri  Sri Thakur, Sri Sri Ma & Swamiji   

To mark the 146th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, a Grand Music Festival on 12 January 2009 was inaugurated by Swami Sarvabhutananda.    As in previous years, this year too the Institute celebrated birth Anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda with a colourful procession followed by Rally, on Nazrul Mancha on Sunday, 22nd February 2009.  At the Rally devotional songs were sung.  The function at Nazrul Mancha started with Vedic chanting.

Saraswati Puja Celebration

The most significant and spectacular event of the Institute during the year 2008-2009 was the Saraswati Puja which was celebrated on 31st January, 2009 in a solemn atmosphere with hundreds of devotees and participants.

Cultural Programmes

As a part of the Institute’s regular activities for the spread and promotion of knowledge and promotion of higher values, the Institute, throughout the year, maintains, a busy schedule of lectures, seminars, symposia, music programme etc.     288 Public functions were also held throughout the year.

The Institute also conducted an All-India Elocution Competition on Swami Vivekananda in which there were 473   contestants from various Schools and Colleges and 73 Candidates won prizes.         



One of the busiest departments of the Institute is its Library in a well-ventilated, adequately illuminated spacious Reading Room in a computerized environment with the average daily attendance of 1761 readers.  The Library has three wings — General, Children and Junior Section.  The number of books purchased, obtained as gifts and bound periodicals during the year under report was 5750 raising the stock to 2,38,586/-  (General 2,15,518,  Junior 7641, Children 15,427).

Value Orientation Programme

To encourage young people to imbibe the ideal of the Ramakrishna Mission the Institute started a Youth Forum called Vivekananda Study Circle and later another youth wing called Vivekananda Anushilan for a deeper study of life and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda.  The Vivekananda Anushilan conducted 26 sessions and Vivekananda Study Circle conducted 20 sessions.  The Institute in its Value Orientation programme carried a man-making message of Swami Vivekananda  further to the youth at large  through 205 Youth Conferences held in 11 districts of Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, Burdwan, Bankura, Murshidabad, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas in which around 40,000 youth participated;  9 district-level Youth Conferences were held in Hooghly, Nadia, Bankura, Murshidabad, Howrah, Paschim Medinipur, Purba Medinipur, North and South 24 Parganas and also 3 District Level Teachers’ Conferences were held  in the districts of Murshidabad, North 24 Parganas and  Nadia in  which 750 teachers participated.  Besides this 2 Central Youth Conventions were held on 26.10.2008 and 29.03.2009 at the Institute in which 2300 youth delegates and 300 observers participated.

Value Education Programme

In pursuance of the guidelines framed by the Secondary and Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, the Institute organized Value Education Programme involving three vital sectors of the society, namely students, parents and teachers.   In the Value Education Workshop, 300 senior students, (boys 153 and girls 147) participated in a five-day class room session during 2-6 September 2008.    Students took part in a two-day long service-oriented project work  at Khanpur  village during  8 - 9 November 2008 in which 230 students (boys 109 and girls 121)  participated.


The Institute’s activities towards the dissemination of knowledge in different disciplines are supported by its publications and the Institute has a very active and productive Publication Department.  The monthly Bulletin with contributions from eminent scholars on culture in all its aspects was regularly published.    Among other publications brought out this year by the Department, mention may be made of the  Great Thinkers on Ramakrishna Vivekananda, Great Sayings with Illustration, Subjectivity in Science, Understanding Consciousness and Comparative Religion, all in English, Swami Vivekananda aur Unka Sandesh and Biswabarenya Sri Ramakrishna, both in Hindi and Suktiratnamanjusha in Bengali.  A good number of the Institute’s earlier publications were reprinted during the year.  

Vivekananda Archive

Vivekananda Archives, as a wing under the Centre for Indological Studies and Research of the Institute has been engaged in the collection of all kinds of materials, specially publications in all languages – Indian and foreign (i) on and by Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Mother, Swami Vivekananda and his brother disciples sannayasins of the Ramakrishna Order and other personalities related to the Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Movement.  (ii)  Thoughts and ideas expressed in Swamiji’s work (iii) Reference to the personality of Swamiji in the Western Press and also help research scholars on the same subject.

 Museum and Art Gallery

The Museum and Art Gallery has developed, as a place of interest, to the art-loving people of the city of Kolkata.  It helps people gain a representative knowledge of Indian Art in its diverse forms.  It has 5 major sections – Paintings, Sculpture, Folk Arts, Manuscript and Metal Wares.  There are altogether in the Art Gallery 1243 objects. During the year Museum did not purchase any objects.  4 objects were gifted or donated by Sri Nihar Ranjan Chakraborty to enrich collection of the Museum.   During the period 7 pcs. Art works of Plaster of paris by eminent artist late Pramatha Nath Mallick has been transferred to Bronze medium. The Annual Art Exhibition of the Sarada Devi School of Fine Arts and Crafts was held on 29 January 2009.  Hon’ble Governor, Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi went round the Exhibition set-up by the children.  The Annual Exhibition “Exploring the Unexplored” was opened on 21 May, 2008 and continued till 21 June, 2008 which created great interest among the art loving people of the city.   A major Academic Programme of this department is to run a ten-month Post-graduate Diploma Course in Appreciation of Indian Art which is recognised by Kavi Kulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Nagpur.  More than 30 Art Historians, Art critics and Artists are attached as faculty.   48 students have been admitted for this course for 2008.   The Convocation for the Academic Session 2007-08 was held on 5 November 2008.

Centre for Indological Studies and Research

In pursuance of the objective that Research is the inherent and continuous activity of this Institute,  the Centre for Indological Studies and Research carried on, during the year under Report,  research work with scholars of the country and abroad.  The Centre conducted, like previous years, this year too very successfully P. G. Diploma Courses in Indology, Functional Sanskrit and Appreciation of Indian Art.  A nine-month much appreciated course in “International Understanding for Human Unity” was also conducted with the support of UNESCO and the Ministry of Human Resource  Development,

Govt. of India where reputed academics from different parts of the country and representatives from UNESCO shared their knowledge and experience when delivering lectures to the participants of the course.  13 Pre-doctoral and 5 Post-doctoral scholars and 3 scholars are working in various projects.  The Centre organized a 3-day National Seminar on “Some Responses to Classical Yoga in the Modern Period” during 3 - 4 January 2009.   Two Sanskrit Workshops – Preliminary and Advance were held this year.  A fifteen-day Sanskrit Preliminary level Workshop was conducted from 2nd February to 18th February, 2009 to promote Sanskrit language.  A Sanskrit debate was held on 10 December, 2008.   The Convocation of the Centre was held on 05 November, 2008.  The Centre also organized the concluding Workshop on “Historical Evalution of India”.   Another International Seminar under the aegis of Swami Ranganathananda Chair on “Total Human Development in the Light of Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Tradition” was held on 14 December, 2008. 

School of Languages

One of the major wings and centre of activities of the Institute is its School of Languages.  During the year under Report the School taught 17 languages: 5 Indian – Bengali, Hindi, Sankrit, Tamil and Urdu and 12 Foreign – Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Persian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  The total enrolment during 2008 – 2009 was 22,308.  English language accounted for 85.67% of the total enrolment.  This year 270 students were exempted from paying their tuition fees and 201 scholarships were given to needy and meritorious students of the English Language Course.   The Tulsi-Beena Goswami Debate Competition was held on 01 November, 2008.  The topic was “In the Opinion of the House, Nuclear Power Ensures Peace”.  56 students participated in the debate.  A number of dignitaries of various foreign embassies and consulates visited the School during the year.  The first Diploma in Spanish language examination in eastern India was held at the School on 22 and 23 August 2008 which was conducted by the Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi.           

Educational Assistance          

During the period under Report, with the income from endowments created by the donors the Institute gave a large number of scholarships and stipends to needy but meritorious students.  Besides this, 4 scholarships of Rs. 1,00,000/-  each for higher studies abroad were awarded to 4 scholars  through Debesh-Kamal Scholarship; and a few more scholarships to medical students in West Bengal.  The total educational assistance rendered by the Institute during the year is Rs. 17,63,236/-.

Charitable Work among Slum Children

During the year under Report the Institute served ½   liter milk and 200 gm bread, and biscuit everyday to poor children up to 6 years of age.  They were given Puja garments, and blankets.  Besides this, 600 Pieces of blankets were given to the poor, old destitutes in winter.

International House

The Institute has an International House meant for Institute’s guests, scholars and students from various parts of India as well as abroad.  They help create the bridge which unites minds and spirits of the people with different backgrounds.  During the year under report 3433 guests stayed at this International House of which  2288 were from India  and  the rest came from various other countries like U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Canada, Japan, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Korea, Italy, Nigeria, Romania, Thailand etc.


C-19, C-39 & P-16 (Tower Block), College Street Market, (1st Floor), Kolkata-700 007

Phone :+91(033)2241-0775 Fax : +91(033)2219-8169

E.mail :  

Date of establishment: 7th July 1959


The Institute is devoted to the study of social and economic problems of India, past and present. Prof. Asis Kumar Banerjee is the President and  Prof. Durga Prasad Bhattacharyya is the present Secretary of the organisation.


The ongoing research projects of the Institute are the following :


1.    Pre-Census Population Project of India sponsored by the Planning Commission and the  Registrar General, India  :


The purpose of the project is to compile and publish descriptive and statistical materials on any part of India — Provinces, districts, cities, towns, taluks, thanas, villages from the ancient period to 1870 when the first census was conducted. It is proposed to publish 8 volumes, one volume for the period up to 1800, and one for each decade from 1801 to 1870. Four volumes relating to the period 1801-1840 have been published by the Registrar General, India. The manuscripts for Volume VI (1841-1850) and Volume VII (1851-1860) is ready for publication by the Registrar General India.


1.1 The Registrar General India has sanctioned a grant of Rs.12,89,400 for compilation of three volumes - 5000 B.C. to 1800 A.D.,1861-1870 and a residual volume.


2.     A Bibliography of Bengali writings on social sciences 1948 onward sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Union Ministry of Human Resource Development  :


The Institute has compiled a bibliography of economic and sociological writings in Bengali up to 1950 with the support of the ICSSR. The Paschim Banga Bangla Academy has published the bibliography of economic writings in Bengali.  The Institute has completed a catalogue with annotation of books and articles for a bibliography of all branches of social science from 1948 to 1990 and the manuscript of secondary sources is ready for publication.


3.   Economic History of India : Documents. 1858-1901—Agriculture and Irrigation—sponsored by the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR), Union Ministry of Human Resource Development :


Two volumes of the manuscript are in the press.


As requested by the ICHR, a proposal for compilation of materials on agricultural and irrigation of India has been submitted to them with a budget of Rs. 6 lakhs.


4.      Bengali Writings on Science and Technology, 1800-1950    :


The Institute is going to publish Bengali Writings on Science and Technology, 1800-1950.






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The Samsad which was founded in 1986 and registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, is dedicated to the cause of Sanskrit and Vedic learning as also dissemination of the message of Indian Culture throughout the Country. It is recognised by the Government of West Bengal and the Government of India and is receiving grants from both the Governments, it is progressing slowly but steadily towards attaining the status of centre of excellence. With a view to achieving its aforesaid objectives, the Samsad undertook the following activities.


Activities during the year 2008-2009


The Samsad which was founded in 1986 and registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act, is dedicated to the cause of Education in general and Sanskrit and Vedic learning in particular as also dissemination of the message of Indian Culture throughout the Country. It is recognised by the Government of West Bengal and the Government of India and is receiving grants from both the Governments. With the financial assistance and patronage of both the Governments, it is progressing slowly but steadily towards attaining the status of centre of excellence. With a view to achieving its aforesaid objectives, the Samsad undertook the following activities during the year '2008-2009'.


The Samsad has become the premier institute in the Eastern Region of the country imparting instructions in Sanskrit and other oriental subjects in accordance with syllabus prescribed by the Government of India. It is also concurrently running a very important traditional course leading to the titles of 'Adya', 'Madhya' and 'Upadhi', through Examinations conducted by the Vangiya Sanskrita Siksha Parishat, a wing set up by the Government of West Bengal to monitor Sanskrit learning in the State. Performance of its students in these examinations during the year was very satisfactory. Alongwith these courses students are also being taught in modern subjects and Computer Application with the ultimate object of preparing them to sit for the Secondary Examination. In fact, three students have appeared at the Secondary Examination, 2009. This will, no doubt, enlarge the scope of their employment. During the year in question, the Samsad had been maintaining 64 students in its four units.


A very important programme, namely, All India Vaidic Sammelan was held by the Samsad in collaboration with Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan, Ujjain, during the period December 19-21,2008. The Sammelan was a grand success. Vedic Pandits numbering about 250 and eminent scholars of national and international reputation including about 6 Vice-Chancellors coming from various parts of the country actively participated in the Sammelan. This galaxy of scholars could attract huge gathering consisting of highly enthusiastic persons from all walks of life.


The entire programme was presided over by Professor Ramaranjan Mukherji.


During the year four of its students who completed their 6-year Vedic course and who were thus eligible to appear at the Final All India Examination held annually by Maharshi Sandipani Rashtriya Vedavidya Pratishthan, Ujjain passed the said examination creditably. It is highly encouraging that one of them secured first class. This will, no doubt, give tremendous inspiration to the junior students.


The Samsad has a publication wing and a few books on Indology, Sanskrit and Bengali literature have already been published and few others are under process. The following the titles have been published till date by the Samsad:


1.    Sreemad Bhagavatam with Bengali Translation and notes.

2.    Sreemad Bhagavadgita with Bengali Translation by Ananta Kumar Dutta.

3.    Sreemad Bhagavadgita (abridged edition).

4.    Pravat Suryer dese by Dr. Arati Mukherji.

5.    Purano sai diner Katha by Dr. Arati Mukherji.

6.    Vaisnav Sristi Samiksha by Professor Debranjan Mukherji.

7.    Saktapadavali O' Sakti - darsan by Professor Debaranjan Mukherji.

8.    The Art of Life: General Editor Professor Ramaranjan Mukherji.

9.    Anthology of Sanskrit Poetics: General Editor Professor Ramaranjan Mukherji.

10.  Glimpses of Indian Civilisation  by Dr. Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay.

11. Some aspects of Ancient Indian Political, Legal and Social Thoughts by Dr. Ramnarayan Mukhopadhyay.

12. Songs That Bridge The Gulf by Prof. Tarapada Bhattacharya

13. Meghadutam edited by Mahadev Chandra Pal. (In Press)


The Samsad had already set up a cultural unit, which holds such cultural programmes as would promote Indian culture. Besides, research works in different areas of Indian culture and performing arts are being carried on in this Unit.


The Samsad does not confine its activities to traditional subjects alone, but it tries to make its students conversant with some basics of science and new scientific developments through discourses on various scientific topics. During the year arrangements have been made for certain sports and games. The students are now regularly playing Football and Cricket in the afternoon in the adjoining field.


The Foundation Day of the Samsad duly observed on August 25, 2008 at Vaikunthadham, 107, Southern Avenue, Kolkata- 700 029. On this occasion a Wall-Magazine titled, "Sura-Sristi" with contributions from the students only was inaugurated. The Foundation Day Oration was delivered by Dr. Dhirendranath Bandopadhyay, Dr. Gopal Mitra, Vice-President of the Samsad also spoke on this occasion and the function was presided over by Professor Ramaranjan Mukherji.


For the first time, Debate Competition, has been introduced amongst the students during the current year, on the occasion of "Teachers"Day". A special programme in Sanskrit titled, "Durge Durgati Nashini", was staged by the students on the occasion of Mahalaya. The programme was highly appreciated by the audience.


As in previous years, this year also Samsad held its own Examination at Kolkata in 'Adya', 'Madhya' and 'Upadhi' in accordance with syllabus drawn by the topmost scholars in the country. The Examinations evoked keen interest and as many as 710 candidates from various districts appeared thereat.


The Samsad has already established itself as one of the leading Research Institutes in the country. As recommended by the State Government the following projects were earlier allotted to it by the Government of India:


(i)      Compilation of Anthology

(ii)     Art of Life

(iii)    Compilation of a Dictionary of Sanskrit Poetics

(iv)   Iswar   Chandra,   Bankim   Chandra,   Swami   Vivekananda,   Sri Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore in Sanskrit

(v)     Translation of certain Sanskrit Texts into Bengali


During the year in question, two more research projects, as mentioned below, have been allotted to the Institution by the Government of India


(a)   Status of Tista - Brahmaputra Valley in Sanskrit Literature.

(b)   Translation of Kavyadarsha and Sahitya Darpan.


While some of the projects have since been completed, works in respect of others are making satisfactory progress.






AE-374, Sector-I, Salt Lake City

 Kolkata-700 064.

 Phone : (91)(033) 2337-8882

 Fax : (91)(033) 2337-6290


The Calcutta Mathematical Society (CMS) undertook various activities during the year 2008-2009, related to the development of teaching and research in Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences for which objectives the Society was established in 1908 at the Senate House of Calcutta University with Sir Asutosh Mookerjee as the founder President and Sir Gurudas Bandyopadhyay as one of its founder Vice-Presidents. It is carrying on its distinct culture, heritage and its independence with the financial support from the Government of India and Government of West Bengal.  It is one of the oldest Mathematical Society of the World and is now recognized as International Center of Excellence. 


Major activities and achievements during 2008-2009


Publication of journals: The Society  published all its four internationally recognized series of journals namely “Bulletin of the Calcutta Mathematical Society”, “News Bulletin of Calcutta Mathematical Society”, “Review Bulletin of the Calcutta Mathematical Society”, and the new title “Journal of the Calcutta Mathematical Society”  for the year 2008 in time. “Calcutta Mathematical Society Centenary Publication”, Volume 2(2008) : ‘Analysis’ had also been published on September 6,2008, the Foundation Day of the Calcutta Mathematical Society.


Other Publications of the Society :


*  Silver jubilee volume of the Calcutta Mathematical Society.

*  Golden jubilee volume (Part I & Part II) of the Bulletin of the Calcutta Mathematical Society.

* Sir Asutosh Mookerjee Birth Centenary Commemoration volume of the Bulletin of the Calcutta Mathematical  Society (l964).

*  Proc. of  the Seminar on Scientific Contributions of Professor S.N.Bose (1973)

*  Diamond –cum-platinum Jubilee Commemoration volume (1984)

*  Research monograph of eminent Indian and Foreign mathematicians.

* Proc.of the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Mathematics and its Applications-ISRAMA 2007.


Library: Over the years the library of the Society has attained the distinction of being one of the richest libraries in the country particularly in the field of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences. Library has now more than 20,000 volumes of books and journals altogether. The Society has exchange relations with more than 100 different Universities, Institutions and Learned Societies all over the world under ‘Journal Exchange programme’.  Society now receives 120 foreign journals from USA, UK, Japan, Yugoslavia, China, Korea, France, Australia, Germany, Spain, Czechoslovia, Italy, Poland, Canada and 25 journals from different states of India. Library also maintains manuscripts and letters of Professor S.N.Bose, life history of Professor Bhibhuti Bhusan Dutta (later known Swami Vidyaranya). Several valuable papers of the eminent scientists of the World like Henry Poincare, W.H.Young, H.Lamb, G.H Hardy, W.Sierstinski, F.Riesz,A.R.Forsyth, D. Smith, M. Frechet, E.T.Whittaker,  Meghnad Saha, C.V.Raman, S.Chandrasekhar, S.N.Bose, Ganesh Prasad and many others had been published in the Bulletin of the Calcutta Mathematical Society, which were bound and kept in the library.




Academic Activities of the Calcutta Mathematical Society :


Seminar and Symposia:  The Society organized year -long centennial celebration with the financial support from the Govt. of India and Govt. of West Bengal which were as follows:


(A)   Phase-I : 3-day National Seminar on “Mathematics Education and Research in India”    was held during 6-8 September, 2008 to celebrate its centenary. More than one hundred mathematicians and physicists from different states of India participated and from some countries participated in this seminar.


     Phase-II : International  Symposium on’ Recent Advances in Mathematics and its Applications’(ISRAMA2008) during 19-21 December, 2008. More than 200 scientists throughout the world participated in the seminar. The programme included invited lectures by eminent researchers as well as contributed papers. Professor G.P.Wene(University of Texas,USA) inaugurated ISRAMA 2008 and Professor M.R.Adhikari described the role of Calcutta Mathematical Society for promotion of Mathematics Education and Research. Professor Alfonso Carriazo(Univ.of Sevilla,Spain), Professor Toshiaki Adachi (Japan),    Professor Z.Oziewicz(USA) and many others gave speeches on this occasion. Prof. B. K.  Lahiri,former President of the Society was the Chairman of the inaugural function. Renowned scientists namely Prof. Erik Trell(Sweden), L.I.Petrova (Russia), Prof. Akira Asada(Japan), Prof.T.Adachi(Japan),Prof. M.Ferrara(Italy), Prof.Carl Swopes(USA), Prof. Ch. Mamaloukas(Greece), Prof.A.Biswas (USA), Prof . M. K. Islam(South Africa) to mention a few, actively participated  in the Symposium. The Symposium  provided an ideal forum for participating scientists to exchange ideas in the developments in different areas of Mathematics and their applications including medical sciences, information technology, cryptography, censor network, DNA secret sharing schemes, physical and environmental sciences. ISRAMA-2008 is a significant landmark in the life of many young participants who have attained the requisite level of knowledge. Indian participants specially young scientists had the opportunity to exchange ideas and for possible scientific collaboration with many Indian and foreign scientists in the recent developments in different areas of mathematics and their applications.

      This meeting fostered friendship among the scientists of the participating countries.   



(B) Memorialal  & other lectures: Society organized several  lectures throughout the year.


i)          Cullis Memorial  Lecture-2008 was given by Prof. G.P.Wene(Univ.of Texas)

            The topic was “Semifields of odd dimension over GF(2) containing

            subalgebras of even dimension over GF(2).

ii)         Suddodhan Ghosh Memorial Lecture-2008 was given by Prof. Y.Shikata (Japan). The topic was “On oscillation equations in view of forced oscillation and catastrophy theory”

iii)         S. N. Bose Memorial Lecture-2008 was given by Prof. Z,Oziewicz (USA). The topic was “Aether needs relativity group”.

iv)         A. B. Dutta Memorial lecture-2008 was given by Prof. Akira Asada(Japan). The topic was “Infinite order differential operator, Campbell-Hausdorff formula and variable change of functional calculus”.

v)         R. C. Gupta Memorial lecture-2008 was given by Y.Kitaoka (Japan). The topic was "Distribution of units of an algebraic number field modulo ideals”.

vi)         J. C. Saha Memorial Lecture-2008 was given by  Prof. Erik Trell(Sweden). The topic was "Realization of elementary matter in self-replicating regular solid rewrite”.


  • Society organized special lectures by the renowned mathematicians for the benefit of the researcher and students. A special lecture was given by Prof. Ralph Abraham(Univ. of California) on7.2.2009. The topic was “Complex dynamical systems and structure”.

            Seminar Lecturs are held regularly on Saturdays throughout the year

  • Different awards and scholarships from school level to research level were given during this period.

           Different training programmes were undertaken on a regular basis throughout the year to motivate   and stimulate the students.


(C)   Future Plans and Programmes: i) To organize Workshop cum Seminars on Mathematics at different levels (School, college & research levels).

      ii)  to publish several volumes of centenary publication of Calcutta Mathematical Society

     iii)  to undertake     different training programmes   on a regular basis throughout the year

     iv)  to publish  Research Monographs in several volumes  on occasion of  100 years continuous  publication of  the Research  Journal “ Bulletin of  the Calcutta Mathematical Society”  since 1909.




Institute of Science, Education and Culture(ISEC)

ISEC House, 42-B, Syed Amir Ali Avenue

Kolkata- 700 017

Phone : 2280-1798

Fax :9133-2247 4502 E-mail : 



Science generates employment for the individuals, provides security to the society and gives political power to the nation. Therefore no nation can neglect development and propagation of science in the country. Science denotes pure science, technological science and medical science.


In the above mentioned context, a team of scientist, engineer, educationist, sociologist and social philosophers established the organization namely ‘Institute of Science, Education and Culture’ (ISEC) in 1980 at Kolkata. The activities during 2008-2009 of this organization are stated below in brief.

Activities of ISEC during the year 2008-2009

a) Publication of the journal:  INDIAN SCIENCE CRUISER


India has produced many celebrated scientists working in their own fields with personal interest and placed India in high esteem in world forum. However, research and analysis show that in India science publications are in the form of bulletins, newsletters, centre for science report and the like. There are not many comprehensive science journals for the use of science community in general.


The ‘Indian Science Cruiser’ published by ISEC and, as the title signifies cruising in the ocean of science – consists of feature article, research article, opinion, views, book review, news, conference reports, editorial etc. thus it consists of the entire gamut of science and is published five issues a year at present and in all sciences. The following five issues published during the FinancialYear  2008-2009:


Indian Science Cruiser, Vol 22, No. 3, May 2008

    Indian Science Cruiser, Vol 22, No. 4, August 2008

         Indian Science Cruiser, Vol 22, No. 5, November 2008

     Indian Science Cruiser, Vol 23, No. 1, January, 2009

   Indian Science Cruiser, Vol 23, No. 2, March, 2009


The journal is gaining popularity day by day amongst students, teachers, research scholars, policy-makers in the country and is now available in almost all the libraries in India.


b) Formation of a Forum for science-based Seminars


A forum of organizing national and international seminars, conference, and workshop is being formed on various topics of science, technology and education throughout the year. Such seminars are conducted by ISEC at least three times a year at present. Such events keep the science community stimulant on science matter. Such discussions keep the science community awaken and motivated in introducing such topics. Similarly few people-oriented talks are organized on topics like ‘Antarctica Expedition’, ‘Moon Expedition’ or ‘Rainwater Harvesting’ etc for more expanded community. The following invited talk and seminars were organized during the year.


Invited Talk


           Antarctica Expedition

            by Dr. (Ms) Sudipta Sengupta, Dept of Geology, Jadavpur University on 24th May 2008 in the Auditorium of BITM.




          Alternative and Solar Energy: The Talk of the Day


            on 6th September 2008 in BITM Auditorium.


          To pay homage and tribute to our great scientist, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose, on his 150th birth anniversary, ISEC organized a seminar on Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose on 29th November 2008 in the BITM auditorium. A host of notable speakers were invited and they highlighted on different facts and the life history of Acharya J C Bose.


          National Seminar on Modern Polymer Materials and their Applications on 21st February 2009 in the BITM Auditorium.  Many distinguished speakers from R&D organizations, Professors from Universities, IIT Professors; etc throughout India participated and delivered their presentations in this seminar.


The above programmes were conducted by ISEC in collaboration with Birla Industrial and Technological Museum (BITM).


c) ISEC Publishing


Sometimes some members plan to write books on topics which are not available in the market, which are accepted for publication by ISEC.


d) ISEC Technical Library


A modest attempt is being done to develop a full-fledged library of science and technical books, magazines, directories etc.






Calcutta University Alipore Campus,

1,Reformatory Street, 5th Floor,

Kolkata –700027

Tel:-+ 91(033)2448 8178/2225

Fax: +91(033)2448 1364




The Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) has been promoted by the Government of West Bengal as an autonomous centre of excellence in social sciences. It was founded in 2002 as a society with an autonomous governing body, with one of the most eminent historians in India, Professor Irfan Habib as President, Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi as Director and with a Governing Council on which are represented the current or former Vice-Chancellors of two leading Universities in West Bengal, namely Calcutta University and Jadavpur University. The Governing Council also includes such eminent academics as Professor Nirmal Chandra, Professor Atis Dasgupta, Professor Subimal Sen, Professor V.K. Ramachandran and Professor Malini Bhattacharya as its members.


Important Activities during 2008-09


The IDSK is devoted to advanced academic research and informed policy advice in the areas of literacy, education, health, gender issues, employment, technology, communication, human sciences and economic development. Other programmes include training of research scholars in the social sciences working towards a Ph.D. The Institute is committed to the dissemination of its research findings through workshops, seminars, publications in the media, and other public counselling and education programmes. In the area of teaching its flagship programme is the multidisciplinary M.Phil programme on Development Studies, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calcutta. It completed its first two-year course in July 2008 and eleven M.Phil candidates obtained the M.Phil degree in Development Studies from the University of Calcutta.


The IDSK is now in the seventh year of its existence. During the seven years of its existence, it has made its mark in the world of research in social sciences and humanities in West Bengal and Eastern India. It has actively collaborated with the departments of history, economics, political science, philosophy, business management, the Science College, and the Centre for Urban Economic Studies and Women’s Studies Research Centre, and most frequently, with the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, of Calcutta University. The Institute has also organized a number of training and research programmes, generally in collaboration with other academic institutions, the details of which have been given in the body of the report.


The foundation stone of the building of the IDSK was laid by Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Honourable Chief Minister of Government of West Bengal on 15 February 2008 at 27/D, DD Block, Salt Lake. The building at the site is coming up on schedule and the IDSK is  expected to shift to its new premises by the end of 2009.


The University Grants Commission(UGC) has sponsored the setting up of the Rabindranath Tagore Centre for Human Development Studies(RNTCHDS) under the auspices of the IDSK through the University of Calcutta. An Advisory Committee has been constituted with the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calcutta as Chairman, the Director of IDSK as Vice-Chairman and with other representatives from the IDSK and the University of Calcutta. The Committee has formulated certain guidelines for the functioning of the RNTCHDS. The academic scheme of the Centre includes a programme for Ph.D students, post doctoral fellows and visiting academics at various levels. The setting up of this Centre and the larger space at the new premises of IDSK will facilitate further work in the areas in which the IDSK has already made a major mark. These include studies of education, especially among the disadvantaged communities of India, a structured programme for study of rural health care in West Bengal and issues of gender, work and displacement.

Talks of collaboration with the academics of the University of Calcutta, faculty of the IDSK and Monash University on public health issues are in active progress.

II   Research Programmes


A.    The programme on ‘Women, work and education’ funded by the Rosa

                  Luxemburg Stiftung, Berlin


The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Berlin funded a project for three years on Women and media in the context of globalization in 2004. This was brought to a successful completion in November 2006. Then the IDSK started its second project on Women, work and education funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in 2007 and it was completed in December 2008.   This two-year long interdisciplinary project started in 2007. Professors Achin Chakraborty and Subhoranjan Dasgupta were the coordinators of this project in which Drs. Indrani Chakraborty, Zakir Husain and Barnita Bagchi were also actively involved. The project on ‘Women, work and education’ was primarily based on the reading of secondary literature, in-depth surveys, interviews and rigorous evaluation of the data collected in the surveys. Two particular segments of women’s activity were chosen for survey and econometric analysis, namely, women’s engagement in the beedi industry and women’s engagement in the IT sector. While the first showed that there was no uni-linear link between education and employment in its sphere, the second, in comparison, demonstrated the link between education and work. After the successful completion of the second project Women, work and education the IDSK is at present engaged in the third project Employment, empowerment and the state sponsored by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation


           B. The project on ‘Documents on the economic history of British Rule in India 1858-                     1947


The Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) has appointed Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi General Editor of the project of compiling the basic documents on the economic history of India under British rule and Professor Arun Bandyopadhyay, Nurul Hasan Professor of History, Calcutta University, Associate Editor of the project. It is a huge project because among other things, economic history is taken in the widest possible meaning of the term, covering data and developments judged significant for the economic, social, legal and ecological history of the country. Under the joint direction of the General and Associate Editors and the work of a team of research assistants of the project, the documents for Eastern India covering the period 1860s-1870s have been collected in a volume that was published by Manohar and released at IDSK on 31 March 2009.  A second volume containing documents related to Eastern India during the 1880s and 1890s is expected to be sent to the ICHR by the end of March 2009.

Dr Bhubanes Misra had compiled three volumes of railway documents pertaining to the period and these had been published by the ICHR. Under the revived project, Dr Misra was appointed as Editor in charge of the further volumes of railway documents, working under the guidance of the General Editor. A fourth volume of the railway documents has been prepared and has been sent to the ICHR. A fifth volume is under active preparation.


C. The State Development Report


The Development and Planning Department, Government of West Bengal and the Planning Commission,

Government of India approached the IDSK for preparing a State Development Report for West Bengal. The draft report was completed by September 2007 under the direction of Professor Debdas Banerjee. After incorporating the suggestions of the workshop held on 22 November 2007, a penultimate report was prepared by Dr. Panchanan Das and other members of the IDSK under the guidance of Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi. The report was submitted to the Core Committee at a meeting of the Planning Commission on 17 November 2008. The final version of the State Development Report has been sent to the Planning Commission and the Development and Planning Department, Government of West Bengal in the beginning of March 2009. The final Report contains fourteen chapters. They are Growth and Structural Changes, Agriculture, Industry, Services, Rural development, Urban Development, Employment, Unorganized Sector, Power Sector, Public Health, Education, Social Progress, Environment and State Finance.


D. Possibilities of closer economic ties between India and Australia in capital goods

     Industries in the WTO regime


The Institute took up a project on Possibilities of closer economic ties between India and Australia in capital goods industries in the WTO regime sponsored by Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Dr. Uttam Bhattacharya of IDSK is coordinating the project along with other researchers in India. Dr. Pundarik Mukhopadhyay of Macquarie University and Dr. P.K. Basu from the Charles Stuart University are in charge of the project at the Australian end. The objective of the project has to analyze the existing trade and industrial scenario of India and Australia since 1991. The possibilities of further economic collaborations in manufacturing areas between India and Australia have also been pointed out. This study has also tried to focus on the attitude of the manufacturers and traders towards foreign collaboration with special focus on Australia. The project is in the final stage of report writing.


E. Preparation of Birbhum District Human Development Report


This is the third in the series of District Human Development Reports that the Department of Planning, Government of West Bengal, has instructed the District Magistrates (DM) of different districts to prepare their own reports with the help of experts from the academia. IDSK was requested by the Office of DM, Birbhum, for help.  At IDSK, along with Professor Achin Chakraborty, (lead coordinator), Dr. Subrata Mukherjee and Dr. Saswata Ghosh were involved in preparation of this report.  The Report was duly completed and was released by Shri Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Honourable Chief Minister of West Bengal on 4 February 2009.


F. MDG-based Poverty Reduction Strategy for West Bengal


To help the planning processes in the states, UNDP, through the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, as the nodal agency, commissioned MDG-based poverty reduction strategy papers for as many Indian states as possible. The present paper on West Bengal, prepared by Professor Achin Chakraborty and Dr. Subrata Mukherjee of IDSK, is among the two or three such papers that have so far been completed for different states. The paper has been submitted to IGIDR, and IGIDR has shared it with the Department of Planning and Development, Government of West Bengal. The paper examines the poverty and deprivation situation in West Bengal in a multidimensional framework and explores possible strategies towards reduction of poverty in the state, keeping in view the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).


G.   The project on ‘Economic and employment status of Minorities in West Bengal:

      Evidence from NSS’


The IDSK has undertaken a project on ‘Economic and employment status of minorities in West Bengal’ based on NSSO 61st  Round  sponsored by the Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education Department, Government of West Bengal. Dr. Zakir Husain was the lead coordinator of the project. The final report of the project was submitted to the Minority Affairs Department during the last week of November 2008


III       Collaborations

a.         Collaboration with the University of Calcutta

In 2006, IDSK has launched a multidisciplinary M.Phil programme in Development Studies, in collaboration with the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH), University of Calcutta. The M.Phil degree is to be conferred by the University of Calcutta.The first batch of eleven M.Phil students (2006-08) successfully completed their coursework and dissertation and obtained their degrees in 2008. The teaching faculty mainly consists of the IDSK faculty and the University faculty associated with CSSH. The details of the M.Phil programme are provided in the next section.

b.         Collaboration with Sciences PO, Paris, France

IDSK and the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), Paris have entered into a collaboration agreement. Under this agreement two students of Sciences Po have come as interns for attending the M.Phil Course in Development Studies for one semester. Sciences Po will arrange for a scholar to visit Sciences Po as holder of a Chaire Finances Internationales.

c.         Collaboration with Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris

IDSK and Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH), Paris have entered into collaborative relations. IDSK faculty members have held fellowships at the MSH. In the academic year 2007- 08, a collaborative Conference between the two institutions, on 'Utopia, dystopia and development', was organized in Paris. It is expected that a book will be published containing a selection of papers presented at the conference.

d.         Collaboration with South Asia Institute (SAI), University of Heidelberg, Germany

A collaborative agreement has been made between IDSK and SAI, University of Heidelberg under which cooperation shall be carried out in exchanging faculty members, academic materials and other information, participating in seminars and academic meetings and holding interdisciplinary and result-oriented joint research activities. An international seminar was held in 2008 under this programme.


IV        Teaching and Research Guidance


M.Phil in Development Studies


The M.Phil. Programme in Development Studies is multi-disciplinary in nature, and designed to provide an understanding of various perspectives on development issues, through a rigorous course work and guided research. The perspectives are drawn from different disciplines, with a strong emphasis on the classics in social sciences and humanities. The curriculum emphasizes a heterodox perspective on social science paradigms and the methodological underpinnings of social science research. The strength of the course particularly lies in the balance it maintains between theory and hands-on training on tools of analysis – both quantitative and qualitative.


The duration of the entire programme is two years – equally divided between course work and writing dissertation. The first year of course work is further divided into two halves. The first half deals with the core courses, which all the students have to go through, and the second deals with the specialization courses distinguished by a few select disciplines. On completion of the first semester of course work, each student is to specialize in one of the following disciplinary areas: literature and cultural studies, economics, sociology, history and political science. The specialization courses, irrespective of the disciplinary area, will have a strong emphasis on development-oriented topics. By the end of the first year, students will choose their dissertation topics and start working under the close supervision of the faculty.   


The third M.Phil course in Development Studies for the session 2008 –2010 in collaboration with the University of Calcutta was started in July 2008. The dissertations of M. Phil students for the session 2007-09 are in final phase.


 V     Conferences, Seminars and workshops


A.    Conferences  and seminars


A national conference on Women, Work and Education was held on 22 and 23 August 2008. The speakers  in the seminar were Dr. Padmini Swaminathan of Madras Institute of Development Studies, Professor Sunanda Sen of Academy Third World Studies, University of Jamia Millia Islamia, Professor Jeemol Unni, Gujarat Institute of Development Studies, Dr. Ravi Srivastava, Member, National Commission for Enterprises in the Unorganised Sector, Dr. Mukul Mukherjee, Women’s Studies Research Centre, University of Calcutta, Professor Supriya Roy Chowdhury, Institute for Social Economic Change, Bangalore, Professor Ishita Mukhopadhyay of Women’s Studies Research Centre, University of Calcutta and Professor Chaiti Sharma of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Drs. Deepita Chakravarty of CESS, Hyderbad and Ishita Chakravarty of Vidyasagar College, Kolkata, Dr. Indrani Mazumdar of Centre for Women’s Development Studies, New Delhi, Professor Samita Sen of School of Women’s Studies, Drs. Zakir Husain of IDSK and Mousumi Dutta of Presidency College, Kolkata, Professor Achin Chakraborty and Dr. Indrani Chakraborty of IDSK, Ms. Mandira Sen, Publisher of Stree and Samya.


The Institute of Development studies Kolkata organized an international seminar on Health Systems Research and Policy on 10 December 2008. The speakers in the seminar include Professor D. Narayana and Dr. T.R. Dilip of Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, Dr. Srijit Mishra of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, Dr. Jean-Frėdėric Levesque of Institut National de Santė Publique du quėbec and University of Montreal and Dr. Subrata Mukherjee of IDSK and International Health Unit, University of Montreal. The welcome address was given by Professor Achin Chakraborty of IDSK and Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Director, IDSK made the concluding remarks.



B.    Workshops

A workshop on ‘Future of self help groups in West Bengal’ was organized by the IDSK and the West Bengal Commission for Women on 11 June 2008. Participants in the workshop included representatives from different banking and financial organizations and West Bengal Commission for Women.

A workshop on ‘Human development’ was held between 17-21 March 2009. Teachers and students from different colleges and universities of West Bengal participated in the workshop. The speakers in the workshop included Professor Madhura Swaminathan of Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, Professor S. Subramanian of Madras Institute of Development Studies, Professor Ishita Mukhopadhyay of University of Calcutta, Professors Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Debdas Banerjee and Achin Chakraborty of IDSK, Dr. Manabi Majumdar of Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and Dr. Bhaskar Chakrabarti of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.


C. Book Release


On 22 December 2008, Professor Asis Banerjee, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta and a student of Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi released the book Post-Reform Development in Asia : Essays for Amiya Kumar Bagchi at IDSK. The first volume of the book was presented to Dr. Asim Kumar Dasgupta, Finance Minister of West Bengal. Dr. Dasgupta was also a student of Professor Bagchi. Professor Prabuddha Nath Roy, a former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Calcutta was in the Chair. The collection of eleven essays by nineteen contributors has been published by Orient BlackSwan. The editors of the book are Manoj Kumar Sanyal, Mandira Sanyal and Shahina Amin. A galaxy of teachers, researchers and scholars assembled at the launch of the book to pay tribute to, as well as to express solidarity with, a senior teacher in his presence.

On 31 March 2009, Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research(ICHR) released the book Documents on Economic History of British Rule in India, 1858 -1947 : Eastern India in the Late Nineteenth Century, Part I: 1860s-1870s, edited by Amiya Kumar Bagchi and Arun Bandopadhyay at IDSK. The publisher of the book is Manohar. Professor Bhattacharya also released the book Railway Construction in India: Select Documents (1832-1900) : Indian Railway Acts and Rules 1849-1895, Volume IV edited by Bhubanes Misra. The general editor of this book is Amiya Kumar Bagchi. The publisher of this book is Indian Council of Historical Research in collaboration with Anamika publishers. Professor Binay Chaudhuri, National Professor, ICHR presided over the programme and Professor Ishrat Alam, Member Secretary, ICHR and Professor Amiya Kumar Bagchi, Director, IDSK were present on the occasion.


    D.  Lectures delivered by visiting scholars   


On 27 March 2008, Professor Dilip M. Nachane, Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai gave a lecture on ‘Capital account convertibility’.


On 28 May 2008, Professor Sudipta Sen, Professor of history, University of California, Davis delivered a lecture on ‘Man-slaughter, medicine and law in the late eighteenth century British India’.


On 4 August 2008, Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities and the Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University gave a talk on ‘The legacy of Derrida?’

On 9 January 2009, Professor Anthony P. D’ Costa, Professor of Indian Studies, Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark gave a lecture on ‘The barbarians are here’.

On 28 January 2009, Professor Sir James Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1996 , delivered a lecture on ‘Bad markets and the current crisis: Investment and lending’, organized by the Institute of Development Studies Kolkata in collaboration with British Council at Taj Bengal, Kolkata. Professor Mirrlees also met social scientists and other institutions in and around Kolkata on 2 February 2009 at the interactive session.

     VI   Library

The Library, which began functioning from December 2002, already houses an impressive number of books, journals and magazines and primary documents focusing on various development research like Education, Public Health, Economics, Sociology , Political Sciences, Gender Studies, Human Sciences and Globalization. It has a total collection of 8094 (processed) books till 23 February 2009. The library also subscribes to 30 foreign and 35 Indian journals, 413 government and 114 non-government reports. It has 88 digital documents. The library also contains the archives of Rosa Luxemburg projects which include reports, booklets, posters, pats or scroll paintings, CDs, DVDs, audio cassettes, catalogues, transparencies and fact sheets.

The Library has established network connections with DELNET, Prowess and is a member of Calcutta University's E-Journals under UGC INFONET Programme,, Oxford e-bundle journals in economics. The library is using SOUL (Software for University Libraries) for its ongoing automation activities. Currently the library has entered and processed 4832 documents in SOUL.

The Institute has been gifted with very valuable collections, that of the late Michael Sprinker, a leading radical literary theorist, Shri Gopal Krishna Gandhi, Governor of West Bengal, and also a collection of about 1900 books from Shri Parimal Dasgupta, a leading journalist. These two gifts have been designated as the Michael Sprinker and Parimal Dasgupta Collections respectively.

VII  Publications


A.            Publications of IDSK


     a.    Occasional Papers:

No.13    Migration, Islam and identity strategies in KwaZulu-natal : Notes on the making of Indians and Africans by Preben Kaarsholm, April 2008.

No.14    Socio economic profile of patients in Kolkata: A case study of RG Kar and AMRI  by Zakir Husain, Saswata Ghosh and Bijoya Roy, July 2008.

No. 15   Education for child labour in West Bengal by Uttam Bhattacharya, October     2008.

No.16       What determines the success and failure of ‘100 days work’ at the panchayat level? A study of Birbhum district in West Bengal by Subrata Mukherjee and Saswata Ghosh, February 2009.


b.            Working Paper:

No.3           Representation of public health in the print media: A survey and analysis by Swati Bhattacharjee, January 2009.


c.             Special Lectures:

 No.2           Always Towards: Development and Nationalism in Rabindranath Tagore by
Himani  Bannerji, May 2008. 

         No.3           The Winding Road Toward Equality for Women in the United States by Diane P. Wood, June 2008. 

       No.4            Compassion: Human and Animal by Martha C. Nussbaum, July 2008.


d.            Report

In Bangla


         Manab Unnayaner Pothe 2: Manab Unnayane Pariseba Khetrer Karmachari

         Sangathaner Bhumika




Bangiya Sahitya Parishad

243/1, Acharyya Prafulla Chandra Road

Kolkata – 700 006

President :  Ramakanta Chakraborty
 Secretary :  Swapan Basu


Bangiya Sahity Parishad was established in 1893. Its activities are revolved arround Granthashala (2.5 lakh books and peridicats), Punthoshala (60 thousand manuscripts), Chitrashala (Museum) and Prakashana (Publication). It receives financial assistance from Higher Education Department for salary of Parishad Employees, other maintanances, organising seminars,  publication of Sahitya Parishad Patrikar and other publications.




2007-2008 :   Seminars

1.     Bangla Natak-o-Natyamancher Nana Dik

2.     Bangalir Unish Shatak Charcha

3.     Bangalir Bish Shatak Charcha

4.     Panchashottar Dui Banglar Sahitya-o-Samskriti

5.     Bangalir Silpocharcha

6.     Anchalik Itihas Charcha

7.     Sampradayikatar Biruddhe Bangali : Jibane-o-Sahitye

8.     1857-er Bidroha : Parinati.


Publication of Sahitya Parishat Patrika


2007-08            :  two issues

2008-09            :  two issues


Other publicatons


  1. Bange Nabya Nyaya Charcha  :  Dineshchandra Bhattacharyya
  2. Bouddhagan-o-Doha  (Ed : Haraprasad Shastri)
  3. Sri Krishna Kirtana (Ed : Basanta Ranjan Roy  Bidwadwallava)


Research Project


     1. Evolution of Durga Idol.




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