Indian Government offers support for Bhandarkar Institute
mmdesh at UMICH.EDU
Thu Mar 1 21:22:05 EST 2007
Here is a report from Pune Newsline:
BORI will get Central funds
Express News Service
Pune, February 28: When Finance Minister P Chidambaram announced that city-based
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) was among the four institutes in the country to
receive funds from a Rs 30 crore corpus, BORI secretary MG Dhadphales thoughts went back
to the lines in the visitors book written by Chidambaram assuring full government support to
Chidambaram visited the institute on December 2, 2006 and while he was impressed with
the work, the lack of funding dismayed him. He told us the government would fail in its duty
if it didnt extend support, said Dhadphale on Wednesday.
True to his word, Chidambaram picked BORI to receive funds as part of the 150th
year of the First War of Independence and centenary of the Satyagraha Movement. The exact
allocation may not be clear as yet, but it is an achievement.
This is the first time a budgetary provision has been made for an institute in the field of
culture, said BORI regulatory council chairman and computer scientist Vijay Bhatkar.
With growing international interest in India, Bhatkar said this would benefit research focussed
on topics like heritage, languages and family systems. Research projects in areas like the
evolution of democratic institutions in India and theories on the Aryan invasion can now be
carried on with renewed vigour, he enthused. Another important project that will now be
possible is the digitisation of the library.
The major sources of income for BORI include Rs 80,000 paid annually by the government
proceeds from the sale of the institutes 350 publications and donations. Staffers have
had to work on meagre salaries while scholars have funded research from their own pockets.
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