1. Comprehensive History of Bharat.
The project 'Comprehensive History of Bharat' was approved in 155th Research Projects Committee (RPC) meeting held on 09.01.2019. The Committee decided to constitute an Expert Committee representing members from different regions of India to lay out a plan and discuss the modalities of the project.
Third Experts’ Committee meeting was held on 30th May, 2019 at ICHR. Committee agreed that it should empower the Chairman, ICHR to form sub-committees to prepare a draft and these drafts would be placed in the Experts’ Committee/Editorial Committee for finalizing the Concept Note. Further, Committee also suggested that there should be a sub-committee for Periodization, Regional sub-committee, etc and information received can be worked out as a final frame-work.
2. Documentation of Cultural Heritage and Setting up of Museum Corners of Peripheral Regions/Villages of India
The project proposal was approved by 155th RPC meeting held on 09.01.2019. The Committee considered the proposal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi to collaborate in setting up museums on different themes in various parts of India by extending our collaborations in the area of research and documentation, the task of setting up museums will be taken up by the NMI. It was informed by the project proposer that the Department of Museology, NMI has been working in Ladakh for past few years for documenting the intangible cultural heritage. The research, survey and documentation is resulting in documented records, reports, publication and films. He has proposed that to further expand this project in further regions of Ladakh and other parts of India and to scale up the project it is proposed that NMI and ICHR may take up a joint research project covering documentation, digitization and representation of cultural heritage of the peripheral communities and regions.
Meeting of the Joint Project between NMI and ICHR’s Special Project Documentation of Cultural Heritage and Setting up of Museum Corners of Peripheral Regions/Villages of India was held on 14th August 2019 at ICHR. The Committee discussed the modalities towards initializing the project. It was decided in the meeting that the Project will be conceived in following two phases covering the regions/areas mentioned below:
(a) Ladakh (areas already under study by NMI), Zanskar (in Kargil) and Iron valley area in Ladakh.
(b) Braj area, Meerut and Saharanpur (will continue as NMI is already working in these areas) in Uttar Pradesh.
(c) Eastern UP to be covered as well
(d) Maharashtra, where Gonds and Warli tribes will be studied.
(e) Arunachal Pradesh.
a) Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Eastern U.P.
Further a Walk-in-Skill Test cum Interction was conducted on 5th December 2019 at ICHR, NERC, Guwahati and two reserchers were selected for the project work.
3. Documents on Economic History during the British Rule in Northern and Western Indian in the late Nineteenth Century: Quality of Life
The Project was undertaken with the collaboration of Institute of Development Studies Kolkata (IDSK) for collecting the documents on Economic History during British rule of India, Northern and Western parts of the country in the late nineteenth century. Prof.A.K.Bagchi is the General Editor and Dr. Ramkrishna Chatterjee is the Associate and Project Coordinator. Meeting of ICHR-IDSK Joint project was held on 4th April, 2019 to discuss the status of the project. The committee requested the Editors/Project Directors to submit the manuscript of the project along with the complete records collected for the project. Also, the Editors were requested to apprise the committee members about the method/basis of selection of the documents and possible submission of remaining documents, which could not be included as part of the project.
4. Yadava Inscriptions
First Experts’ Committee meeting of the project The Collection of Source Material for the History of the Yadavas-Documentation of the Yadava Inscriptions found in Western India was held on 26th February, 2019 at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Indology Department. It was proposed to formulate a plan of action to initiate the project on Yadava Inscriptions and discuss the modalities, methodology, terms and conditions and outline the timeframe and the tentative budget to complete the project. The Committee decided to identify Epigraphist, Assistant Epigraphist and Research Assistant for collection, compiling and preparation of Index of all Yadava Inscriptions, transliteration and translation of Yadava Inscriptions in Sanskrit, Marathi, Kannada and other script/regional languages, typing, editing and proof reading/work.
5. Environmental History of India
The ecology and environment have a deep influence on society and culture of all countries and India is no exception. The aim of the project is to document both literary and archaeological documents on Environmental History of India. Literature covering ancient and medieval India contains records that are documented in the historical writings of scholars region-wise. In this project stress will be laid on areas that have hitherto remained unexplored.
The Committee finalized the names of the Editors for the remaining Volumes i.e. Volume II to Volume VII, under the Project and they were requested to send the list of author/contributors of their volumes to the ICHR which are as follows:
Vol. 1: Critical Themes in Enviornmental History of Prof. Ranjan Chakrabarti
Vol. 2: Forest and Wildlife Dr. Nanditha Krishna
Vol.3: Water Dr. Vijay Paranjpye
Vol.4: Environmental Disasters Dr. Amirthalingam
Vol.5: History of Domestication of Plants and Animals Dr. A. Raman
Vol.6: Urbanization and Environment Prof. P.P. Joglekar
Vol.7: Human Cultures and Environment Prof. Dilip Chakrabarti and
Prof Rupendra Chatterjee (Joint Editor)
6. Translation of Foreign Sources on India (French Sources)
In the wake of the commercial and political expansion of Europe in the eighteenth century there was a remarkable increase in the number of Europeans visiting India, not merely for trade but also to explore its rich cultural heritage. The European rediscovery of India’s cultural heritage led to the emergence of Orientalist scholarship and a belief that India, and not Egypt, was the country where different arts and sciences originated.
The new interest in the East manifested itself first in France as a quest for original texts in various languages and their exact translations. Many Frenchmen who visited India in the eighteenth century also wrote on the country, their works are a valuable testimony to the European perception of India during these times. Unfortunately, most of these works have not been translated into English, and thus remained unavailable to non-french speaking scholars. The project aims to identify and translate important works from European languages into English. The Project is in its final stage of completion.
7. Modern India-Politics and Demography, 1881-2011
Both society and economy were affected by the British rule in India. This project aims to prepare a comprehensive history which would take into account many dimensions of the society.
The two sub-projects entitled Modern India : Politics and Demography, 1881-2011 (Pre and Post Partition, Khulna) and Modern India : Politics and Demography, 1881-2011 (Pre and Post Partition, Pubjab) were approved by the 144th RPC meeting held on 28th March, 2016. The Committee appointed Prof. Jayanta Kumar Ray as the Project Director, Prof. Saradindu Mukherji as the Member-in-Charge, Shri Bimal Pramanik as Research Associate and Dr. (Ms.) Rupali Bhalla as Associate Editor of the Project.
After completion of the project, Prof. Jayanta Kumar Ray, Project Director submitted the final work reports on both the sub-projects to ICHR in April, 2019. The final work report on the sub-project Modern India : Politics and Demography, 1881-2011 (Pre-Partition and Post-Partition Lahore) was sent to the Publication Unit of ICHR for publication process and the final work report on the sub-project Khulna is under the process for evaluation.
8. Historical Encyclopedia of Towns and Villages
The 83rd meeting of the Council held on 29.06.2019 to consider a major Research Project entitled, ‘Historical Encyclopedia of Towns & Villages in India’ discussed the proposal in detail and approved the same.
The aim of the project is to explore and document historical past and heritage of villages and towns in India. India had a rich cultural heritage. Most of the towns and villages have history and also contain remains of the ancient monuments, oral traditions, personalities, etc. These will be recorded to bring out the information for the present generation. The Encyclopedia will be in alphabetical order. Each historical village and town will be described with geographical location, local history, oral traditions, folk-lore, historical incidents, historical remains of monuments, sculptures, inscriptions, paintings, and also any important political or cultural personalities from those villages and towns.
Advisory Committee (Southern States) meeting of ICHR’s Special Project Historical Encyclopaedia of Towns and Villages of Bharat was held on 27th August 2019, at Southern Regional Centre, ICHR, Bengaluru. The Committee discussed in detail on the merits of the Project. The Committee opined that a Senior Research Scholar and at least three Research Assistants are required for the collection and compilation of the data for the identified district for the Project. The Senior Research Scholar will lead the Research Assistants to collect the information from the published works and from the field visits. The Committee also opined that Prof. Rajaram Hegde, Professor of History and Archaeology, Kuvempu University, Jnanasahyadri, Shankaraghatta, Shivamogga, Karnataka, is a well known scholar and has experience in the field and also belongs to the Shivamogga district. Dr. Rajaram Hegde may be invited to take up the Project Work as a Senior Research Scholar. The Committee also suggested to organize a 2-day Workshop to the Research Team to provide guidelines, aim of project and the methods for the collection of data for the Project. The Committee suggested that the Southern Regional Centre should be the Nodal Office for the implementation and compilation of the Research project of the identified district of Shivamogga for the ICHR Special Project.
9. History of Science and Technology
The aim of the project is to take up different aspects of science and technological developments in India through ancient to modern period. The project also plans to set up documentation centers for history of science and technology in different places.
Following proposals were adopted under this Special Project of ICHR:
i. ‘Reconnaissance and Aerial Survey of the Megalithic Stone Alignment of Hanamsagar, North Karnataka’ by Prof. Sri Kumar M. Menon.
ii. ‘Critical edition of some important astronomical works of Kerala School’ by Prof. M.S. Sriram and K. Ramasubramaniam.
The Committee Meeting was held on 18th October, 2019 at Southern Regional Centre of ICHR, Bengaluru. The Committee discussed the following points:
• To initiate the process for commencing the Phase-II of the Sub-Project entitled Critical Edition of Some Important Astronomical Works of the Kerala School. The Committee decided that until the press ready copy of final work report of Phase-I is submitted, Phase-II of the sub-project must not start. The Committee further discussed about the affiliation of the institution for the Phase-II of the project work as Prof. M.S. Sriram of K.V. Foundation due to technical constraints expressed the reluctance of K.V.Foundation to continue as Institute of Affiliation for Phase-II. The Committee recommended that the Southern Regional Centre of ICHR, Bengaluru should serve as Institution through which implementation of the Phase-II of the project may be undertaken. Also, committee revised the details of the budget estimate and time duration for the Phase-II as originally proposed. Committee recommended the new budget estimate of Rupees 9 lakhs for a period of 24 months and requested that the above mentioned editors should furnish the break-up of the revised budget as per their assigned responsibilities.
• To discuss the technicalities involve in rescheduling the commencement of Sub-Project Reconnaissance and Aerial Survey of the Megalithic Stone Aligment at Hanamsagar in North Karnataka as well as to finalize the alternate site for study to be proposed by Dr. Srikumar M. Menon in case the site previously chosen for study is no longer available.
10. Survey, Collection, Documentation and Digitization of Archival Sources on North East India
The ICHR conducted the Experts' Committee meeting (27-28 May 2019) of the project to review the progress of the work. Accordingly, the Committee realized that there are certain gaps remained in the project work. Therefore, to fill up the gaps a Coordinator should be nominated and two researchers should be appointed to collect the data from the archives. Subsequently, the ICHR nominated Dr. Banmali Sarma, Deptt. of History, Guhati University as coordinator of the project. Two researchers were also selected on consolidated remuneration for a peirod of six months. The tenure may be extended as per the project requirment.
11. Dictionary of Social, Economic and Administrative Terms in Indian Inscriptions (South Indian Inscriptions).
During the period under report the Sub-committee meeting was held on 28th August, 2019 at SRC, Bengaluru for discussing the progress of the work for compiling and editing the proposed volumes of the Dictionary project (Southern Inscriptions). As per the request made by Prof. Y. Subbarayalu in the aforementioned Sub-Committee meeting for engaging One Research Assistant and One Data Entry Operator and to release Rs.2,00,000/- for the Research work, the Competent Authority of ICHR approved the request and the same has been conveyed to Prof. Y. Subbarayalu. At the time of writing this report, the progress of the project work is reported satisfactory.
12. Dictionary of Martyrs up to 1961, Liberation of Goa:
Following the completion (including publication in 5 volumes) of the Ministry of Culture funded Project, Dictionary of Martyrs: India’s Freedom Struggle (1857-1947), it was felt that a volume on martyrs who led down their lives in liberation of Goa, French ruled territories and during the merger of the Princely States till 1961 should also be prepared.
Accordingly, the proposal was placed in the 144th RPC which was approved by the RPC and subsequently by 82nd General Council meeting as a special project.
To prepare the draft, a team consisting of a Research Consultant along with other staffs was formed. The maximum collections of the sources, available at National Archives of India, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library and other repositories in Delhi have been completed and the compilations of the entries are being done. The first draft is likely to be completed soon.