Updated: May 27, 2021 9:26:23 pm
The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) has been awarded the Vaishakh Samman Prashasti Patra. The award comes as a recognition for the institute’s contributions towards preserving rare books on Buddhism and Buddhist studies.
The award, constituted by the Union Ministry of Culture and the International Buddhist Federation, is given away every year to researchers, scholars or institutions working in Buddhism and related research writings, dissemination of Buddha’s teachings and preservation of Buddhist culture and heritage.
BORI is over a century-old centre of Indological research and studies specialisng in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Indian regional languages, classical, Asian and European languages. The institute owns a collection of over 1.4 lakh books, of which over 8,600 are rare ones, along with 29,510 manuscripts.
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There is a Manuscripts Resource and Conservation Centre operating under the National Manuscripts Mission of the Ministry.
The 2020 and 2021 awardees include six scholars from India, Bhutan, Thailand, Vietnam and UK for their works varying from Dhamma writings to disseminating Buddhist philosophy, preservation of Buddhist art and culture, and others.
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