RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND AUTONOMOUS
BANKIM-BHAVAN GAVESHANA KENDRA
Kantalpara, P.O. Naihati, Dist 24 Pargana (North)
Pin : 743
Established : 23 September 1999
: 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
2.Research on the different aspects of the social, economic, cultural
and religious history of Bengal and of the Bengali language and
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
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.
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
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
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
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
iii) the collection of late Prof. Chintaharan Chakraborty of Presidency
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.
The journal of Bankim-Bhavan Gaveshana Kednra has been published
regularly since 2000.
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
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
i) Photo Album : A set of photographs of family members of
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.
CENTRE FOR STUDIES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES, CALCUTTA
R1, Baishnabghata-Patuli Township
Fax : +91-33-2462-6183, E-mail :
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.
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:
2. ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS:
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
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.
iv) Mainstreaming International Trade into National
Development Strategy- Consumer Unity and Trust Society, International
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
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
“Embedding poor people’s voices in local governance:
participation and political empowerment in India”
sponsored by ESRC- DFID and University of Sheffield.
“A Cultural History Archive For Eastern India”, a
research and archival project sponsored by the Ford Foundation, under
the “ Higher Education and Scholarship Programme”.
“Improving Institution for Pro- Poor Growth”,
sponsored by University of Manchester, U.K. and DFID, U. K.
“Land Resource Utilisation in Tea- Industry: Current
problem and Future Prospects with special reference to Labour”
sponsored by National Tea Research Foundation, India.
“A Quantitative Study of Tea Industry Market: Pricing and
sponsored by the National Tea Research Foundation, India.
ARCADIA Programme on Endangered Archive
at the British Library, supported the pilot project titled Rescuing
Text from the public institutions in Eastern India.
JAGADIS BOSE NATIONAL SCIENCE TALENT SEARCH
1300, Rajdanga main Road, Kasba, Kolkata - 700 107
Telephone: 2442-8270, 2442-8267, 2442-8269 (Director)
, Website: www.jbnsts.org
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
Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 (No. S/4353 of 1960-61), promoted
Government of West Bengal
and administered by a Governing Body with representatives from the
Government, Academics and Industry.
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
talent with a view to provide for the nation's need for science and
AREA OF WORK
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
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
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
Teachers’ Training Program for Middle School Science Teachers of West
Bengal: Aided by Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of West
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.
PROGRAMS OF JBNSTS INVOLVING 12 OTHER STATES
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.
ACTIVITIES OF JBNSTS TOWARDS MOTIVATION, IDENTIFICATION
OF TALENTED SCIENCE STUDENTS IN WEST BENGAL
Interactive Science Workshop for middle School Students(~50), held at
Jadavpur Sammilita Balika Vidyalaya, Kolkata.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Program at a large scale was conducted in Institutions in West Bengal
including Kolkata for Senior Talent Search Test 2008.
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.
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
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.
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
Senior Talent Search Test 2008. 791 undergraduate
science students applied for this examination and 613 students appeared
at the following 12 examination centers:
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.
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.
Evaluation and Discussion, Phase – I for 25 Sr. JBNSTS Scholars,
held at JB-Centre of Excellence, Kolkata.
“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.
Interview for short listed (81) students of West Bengal for the award of
Senior JBNSTS Scholarship, held at JB - Centre of Excellence, Kolkata.
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.
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.
Training Program - Awareness cum Orientation for high school
teachers at Purulia. Held at Purulia Zilla School, Purulia (~61).
Teachers Training Program - Awareness cum Orientation
for high school teachers at Bankura. Held at Bankura Banga Vidyalaya,
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.
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
“Total Solar Eclipse: a grand cosmic phenomenon”. Held at JB-Centre
of Excellence (~33)
OF JBNSTS TOWARDS MOTIVATION, IDENTIFICATION AND NURTURE
OF TALENTED SCIENCE STUDENTS IN 12 NEIGHBOURING STATES
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,
Workshop “Chemistry for Advanced School Children” for middle School
Students(~58) held at Dibrugarh Bengali High School, Dibrugarh, Assam.
Science Workshop on “Current Scenario of Nanotechnology” for
middle School Students(~55) held at Manipur Public School, Imphal,
Science Workshop on “Protection of Bio-Diversity” for middle School
Students(~63) held at Ramakrishna Mission Ashram, Cherrapunjee.
Science Workshop on “Foundation of Chemistry and Application” for middle
School Students (~67) held at Shishu Bihar H.S. School, Agartala.
Workshop on “Scientists–Their Lives and Innovations” for middle School
Students(~35) held at National Public School, Guwahati.
Program & Science Workshop on “Environmental Issues & Its Impact on
Biodiversity” for middle School Students(~70) held at Patkai Christian
College, Dimapur, Nagaland.
Workshop on “From Earth to the Heavens” for middle School Students (~35)
held at Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar, Arunachal
Workshop on “World of Atoms and Molecules” for middle School Students
(~62) held at MRS K M P Inter College, Jamshedpur, Jharkhand .
Program & Science Workshop on “Evolution of Physics : Classical to
Modern” for middle School Students (~52) held at Government Mizo Higher
Secondary School, Aizawl, Mizoram.
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
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
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.
Second & Final Phase exam of 18th Junior Talent Search Test
2008 for short listed 476 students (appeared 410) from
Northeastern States at 15 centers .
“Bio-Technology : Trends, Techniques and Transgenic” for Undergraduate
Science Students (~60) held at Samanta Chandra Sekhar Autonomous
College, Puri, Orissa.
“The Scientific Temper and How to develop It” for middle school
students (~64) held at Paljor Namgyal Girls’ Senior Secondary School,
24/03 – 27/03/09: 09:
“Astronomy & Astrophysics – Current perspectives and future challenges”
for middle school students (~58) to be held at Laban Bengalee Boys’
Higher Secondary School.
APARTMENT’, 1ST FLOOR,
FLAT NO. 1-C, 8/1, LOUDON STREET,
Estd : 1961
KOLKATA – 700017
Telephone : 2287-5236
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
the activities of the Institute are :
To hold discussion meetings, preferably once a
month, where eminent scholars, both Indian and foreign, present papers
on subjects of their specialization.
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.
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.
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.
the Memorial/Endowment Lectures are organized as follows:
SEN MEMORIAL LECTURE
BANERJEE MEMORIAL LECTURE
N.R. RAY MEMORIAL LECTURE
K.K. DASGUPTA MEMORIAL LECTURE
A.P. MATHUR ENDOWMENT LECTURE
NAGENDRASEKHAR MEMORIAL LECTURE
H.L. GUPTA MEMORIAL LECTURE
MUKHERJEE MEMORIAL LECTURE
SUBRAMANIAN ENDOWMENT LECTURE
DR. S.P. SEN MEMORIAL LECTURE
PROF. H.K. BARPUJARI ENDOWMENT LECTURE
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
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
year 2008-2009 the Institute brought out the following publications :
of British Assam by J.B. Bhattacharjee, 2008
Urbanisation in Bengal from Ancient to Modern Times,
Dr. Chittabrata Palit, 2009.
Faces of Folk Culture, Ed. by Dr. Chittabrata Palit, 2009.
Historiography, Volume I, Ed. by Dr. Chittabrata Palit, 2009.
Continuities of Civil Rebellion in the Indian Mutinees, Ed. by Dr.
Chittabrata Palit, 2009
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
(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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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
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.
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
PASCHIM BANGA ITIHAS SAMSAD
Sarat Bose Bhavan,
Kolkata – 700 020
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
of Paschim Banga Itihas Samsad
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;
Initiation and consolidation of efforts aimed at upholding the secular
and scientific values in matters of teaching and research in history and
Initiation and consolidation of efforts aimed at resisting and
eradicating the menace of communalism;
Rendering assistance to academic bodies involved in rationalising and
updating history curricula followed in various schools/ colleges/
universities of West Bengal;
Publication of books and compilation of documents emerging from the
academic activities of the Samsad.
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.
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.
Organised the 13th Sushovan Sarkar Memorial Lecture
was delivered by Prof. Sudhir Chakraborty on 'Banglar
Gounya-Dharmer Itihas’ on 19th August 2008 at Presidency
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.
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
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.
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
Itihasi O Sahitya (Ashin Dasgupta Memorial Lecturer,
2008) by Pabitra Sarkar.
Bangalir Gounya-Dharma Charchar Itihas (Susobhan Chandra
Sarkar Memorial Lecturer, 2008) by Sudhir Chakraborty.
Banglar Swadeshi Ganajagaran (Proceedings of the Seminar
on the ‘Centenary of The Swadeshi Movement’ held at Tamluk College,2005)
Ed. by Souvik Banerjee.
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.
Itihash Anusandhan: Suchi Sankalan (Anthology of 25 years
Vols. Contents) Ed. by Susnata Das.
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.
RAMKRISHNA MISSION INSTITUTE OF CULTURE
Park, Calcutta 700029
Telephone: 2464-1303, Fax : (91-33)2464-1307, E.mail :
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
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
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
Saraswati Puja Celebration
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
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
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.
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).
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
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.
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 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.
and Art Gallery
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
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
Date of establishment: 7th July 1959
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
The ongoing research projects of the Institute are the following :
Population Project of India sponsored by the Planning Commission and
the Registrar General, India :
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.
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
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 :
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.
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 :
Institute is going to publish Bengali Writings on Science and
SRI SRI SITARAMDAS OMKARNATH SAMSKRITA SIKSHA SAMSAD
107, Southern Avenue, ‘Vaikunthadham’,
Ph : 2466 4983
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.
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'.
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
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.
programme was presided over by Professor Ramaranjan Mukherji.
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.
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:
Sreemad Bhagavatam with Bengali Translation and notes.
Sreemad Bhagavadgita with Bengali Translation by Ananta Kumar Dutta.
Sreemad Bhagavadgita (abridged edition).
Suryer dese by Dr. Arati Mukherji.
sai diner Katha by Dr. Arati Mukherji.
Vaisnav Sristi Samiksha by Professor Debranjan Mukherji.
Saktapadavali O' Sakti - darsan by Professor Debaranjan Mukherji.
Art of Life: General Editor Professor Ramaranjan Mukherji.
Anthology of Sanskrit Poetics: General Editor Professor Ramaranjan
Glimpses of Indian Civilisation by Dr. Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay.
aspects of Ancient Indian Political, Legal and Social Thoughts by Dr.
That Bridge The Gulf by Prof. Tarapada Bhattacharya
Meghadutam edited by Mahadev Chandra Pal. (In Press)
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
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.
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.
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
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:
Compilation of Anthology
Compilation of a Dictionary of Sanskrit Poetics
Iswar Chandra, Bankim Chandra, Swami Vivekananda, Sri
Aurobindo and Rabindranath Tagore in Sanskrit
Translation of certain Sanskrit Texts into Bengali
year in question, two more research projects, as mentioned below, have
been allotted to the Institution by the Government of India
of Tista - Brahmaputra Valley in Sanskrit Literature.
Translation of Kavyadarsha and Sahitya Darpan.
of the projects have since been completed, works in respect of others
are making satisfactory progress.
CALCUTTA MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY
AE-374, Sector-I, Salt Lake City
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.
activities and achievements during 2008-2009
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.
Publications of the Society :
jubilee volume of the Calcutta Mathematical Society.
jubilee volume (Part I & Part II) of the Bulletin of the Calcutta
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)
–cum-platinum Jubilee Commemoration volume (1984)
monograph of eminent Indian and Foreign mathematicians.
the International Symposium on Recent Advances in Mathematics and its
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.
Activities of the Calcutta Mathematical Society :
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:
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
meeting fostered friendship among the scientists of the participating
Memorialal & other lectures:
Society organized several lectures throughout the year.
i) Cullis Memorial Lecture-2008 was given by Prof.
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”.
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”.
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
Different training programmes were undertaken on a regular
basis throughout the year to motivate and stimulate the students.
Plans and Programmes:
i) To organize Workshop cum Seminars on Mathematics at different levels
(School, college & research levels).
to publish several volumes of centenary publication of Calcutta
iii) to undertake different training programmes on a regular
basis throughout the year
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.
Science, Education and Culture(ISEC)
ISEC House, 42-B, Syed
Amir Ali Avenue
Kolkata- 700 017
Phone : 2280-1798
: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
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
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.
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
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.
INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT STUDIES KOLKATA
Calcutta University Alipore Campus,
1,Reformatory Street, 5th Floor,
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.
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.
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.
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.
collaboration with the academics of the University of Calcutta, faculty
of the IDSK and Monash University on public health issues are in active
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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).
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
a. Collaboration with the University of Calcutta
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
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
c. Collaboration with Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Paris
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
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.
Teaching and Research Guidance
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.
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
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
V Conferences, Seminars and workshops
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
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
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.
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.
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
On 31 March
2009, Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Chairman, Indian Council of
Historical Research(ICHR) released the book
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
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
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.
Library has established network connections with DELNET, Prowess and is
a member of Calcutta University's E-Journals under UGC INFONET Programme,
Indiastat.com, 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.
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.
Publications of IDSK
a. Occasional Papers:
Migration, Islam and identity strategies in KwaZulu-natal : Notes on the
making of Indians and Africans by Preben Kaarsholm, April 2008.
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.
Education for child labour in West Bengal by Uttam Bhattacharya,
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.
No.3 Representation of public health in the print media: A
survey and analysis by Swati Bhattacharjee, January 2009.
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.
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President : Ramakanta Chakraborty
Secretary : Swapan Basu
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
Bangla Natak-o-Natyamancher Nana Dik
Bangalir Unish Shatak Charcha
Bangalir Bish Shatak Charcha
Panchashottar Dui Banglar Sahitya-o-Samskriti
Anchalik Itihas Charcha
Sampradayikatar Biruddhe Bangali : Jibane-o-Sahitye
1857-er Bidroha : Parinati.
Publication of Sahitya Parishat Patrika
: two issues
: two issues
Bange Nabya Nyaya
Charcha : Dineshchandra Bhattacharyya
(Ed : Haraprasad Shastri)
Sri Krishna Kirtana
(Ed : Basanta Ranjan Roy Bidwadwallava)
Evolution of Durga Idol.