--- On Wed, 25/4/12, CG Krishnamurthi <cgkmurthi@...> wrote:
I'm sad to put this news - which is quite painful to read... however the fact of the matter needs to be brought out
Those who wish to contribute need not do at free of cost - become a life-time member of this prestigious institution and receive publications from this institute free of cost for the life-time. Now when you pay Rs. 2000/- and
become a life member - you'll receive about 8 Hard-bound books free of cost - including 4 volumes of Mahabashyam of Sage Patanjali (the great vyaakarana treatise) in Sanskrit with English translation and a Old Sanskirt Bija Ganita (Algebra) treatise
Thus your contribution will help to save one of India's premier Sanskrit research institute and also you receive books free of cost.
Kindly reach Dr. K.S.Balasubramanian, Dy.Director, Kuppuswamy Sastri Research Institute, Sanskrit College, Mylapore, Chennai. Phone- 044-24985320
Sanskrit centre struggles to stay aliveB Sivakumar, TNN Apr 3, 2012, 06.57AM IST
CHENNAI: The Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute attached to the
Sanskrit College in Mylapore is in doldrums because of lack of government
The institute, one of the three involved in Sanskrit
research in the country , has been surviving on private donations . With
not enough resources , the management is unable to pay the faculty
the benefits of the sixth pay commission.
Institute director V Kameswari said the Union government stopped its
financial support in 1995, after which it has been solely dependent on
donations . "The institute has a trove of rare palm leaf manuscripts and
books not just about Sanskrit literature but also on architecture ,
fine arts , geography , history and astronomy in Sanskrit ," says
The two other such institutes are R G Bandarkar
Sanskrit Institute in Pune and Ganganath Jha Sanskrit Institute in
Allahabad . "We have requested a onetime grant from the Union planning
commission and also annual assistance from the Rashtriya Sanskrit
Sansthan, but are yet to get any support ," says K S Balasubramanian,
deputy director of the institute . The plan panel had given grants to
the Mumbai Asiatic Society and Kolkata based Asiatic Society .
The institute was getting about 10 lakh till 1995butdueto a
misunderstanding between the government-appointed members of the
governing committee and the management , the aid was stopped .Today
,there are 24scholars at the institute , most of them women doing their
PhDs. "Scholars from across the country and world visit the institute .
We send out publications to many foreign universities and they in turn
send their publications which are preserved here ," says Kameswari .
The institute was started as a private non-profit organisation in 1944in
memory of Kuppuswami Sastri , a renowned Sanskrit scholar . It has a
library with books on astronomy , architecture , fine arts , mathematics
, Vedas , Puranas , Upanishads and various branches of science.
"A private entrepreneur made a donation with which we have
air conditioned the library . The palm-leaf manuscripts in the library are
600 to1,000 years old. Many of them are in Grantha script . We also have
books on Jainism that speak about solving mathematical equations and
explain geographical concepts ," says Kameswari , who is worried about
keeping the ancient language alive.