One of the major objectives for which the ICHR was established by the Government of India, is promotion of historical research in the country. The prime responsibility of ICHR is to make rigorous assessment of the quality of research work and exercise a close monitoring of results before providing funds to individuals/ institutions for research and publication. This objective is achieved through various research funding schemes of the Council which include award of Fellowships; Research Projects; Contingency (Study-cum-Travel) grants; grants for foreign travel of scholars and their maintenance abroad and for visits of foreign scholars; publication subsidies; and financial assistance to professional organizations of historians for holding seminars / symposia /conferences / workshops etc. on the subject of historical significance. ICHR also produces a journal named Indian Historical Review which is published by SAGE Publications.
A.RESEARCH PROJECTS, FELLOWSHIPS AND CONTINGENCY (STUDY-CUM-TRAVEL) GRANTS
In order to ensure an optimum utilization of the resources, each proposal received in the ICHR is carefully examined by the experts and placed before the appropriate Committees of the Council for consideration. Keeping in view the merit of each proposal, the Council approves the research proposals for financial help. An All India examination is conducted for the Junior Research Fellowships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. ICHR also provides Senior Academic Fellowships and National Fellowships.
B. FOREIGN TRAVEL GRANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES/COLLECTION OF SOURCE MATERIALS FROM REPOSITORIES ABROAD.
The Council extends financial assistance to scholars for attending and participating in different International Conferences / Congresses in different parts of the world, and for collection of source material relating to their research work from the different repositories abroad.
C. CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
The ICHR is a nodal agency for implementation of various Cultural Exchange Programmes signed by the Govt. of India with other Countries.
Indo-German Lecture Series in India "New Perspectives on German Historical Research”
The ICHR is an active partner to implement the Indo-German Cultural Exchange Programme of Government of India in the realm of History, particularly the exchange of historians, holding the Joint-Seminars / Workshops. Under the CEP with Germany 3 lectures by Professor Lutz Raphael, Professor of Modern Contemporary History, University of Trier, Germany were organised :
• Mapping European historiography: New perspectives on the relationship between historiography and nation building in Europe in 19th and 20th century at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi on 3 March 2014
• Positivism as a recurrent challenge for modern historiography at ICHR, New Delhi on 5 March 2014
• Partisanship and objectivity? Democracy and pluralism in scholarship on contemporary history (the European case) at ICHR SRC, Bangalore on 7 March 2014.
Indo-German Lecture Series in Germany
Indian historians visited Germany to take the collaborations programme forward and to participate in the ICHR-DFG Joint Steering Committee Meeting for Indo-German Cooperation in the field of historiography and delivered the following inaugural lectures in the first week of May 2014.
1.Professor B.P. Sahu, Coordinator
• Passages to India : Odisha as the Focus of German Historical Interest,Karl Jaspers Centre,Heidelberg on 7 May, 2014.
2.Professor Gopinath Ravindran, Member Secretary, ICHR
• Indian Economic History Writing: Past Trends and Future Possibilities, Goethe University, Frankfurt on 5 May, 2014.
• Indian Economic History Writing: Past Trends and Future Possibilities, Georg-August- UniverstätGӧttingen, Gӧttingen, on 7 May,2014.
1. Professor Amar Farooqui, Professor of History , University of Delhi
• The British Indian Empire and the Anti-Colonial Struggle of 1857-58, Goethe University, Frankfurt on 5 May,2014.
• The British Indian Empire and the Anti-Colonial Struggle of 1857-58, South Asia InsituteImNeuehheimer Feld, Heidelberg on 6 May, 2014.
• Bombay and the Opium Enterprise in Nineteenth Century India: Some Reflections, Historisches Institute Universität, Regensburg on 7 May, 2014
ICHR has undertaken various steps to accelerate the CEP signed with other countries.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between JSPS (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) and ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research) on 22 August 2014
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research) on 14 October-2014
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Academia Sinica and ICHR (Indian Council of Historical Research)
D. ICHR FOUNDATION DAY
The ICHR celebrated its 42nd Foundation Day on Thursday, 27 March 2014 in the Seminar Room of the Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi.
Professor Basudev Chatterji, Chairman ICHR gave the welcome address. Distinguished historian Professor Madhavan K. Palat delivered the Foundation Day Lecture and spoke on ‘The Grand Inquisitor and the Holy Fool’.Professor Udaya Kumar was the Guest of Honour on the occassion.
The Lecture was followed by release of two publications of the ICHR, Inscriptions of the Vijayanagara Rulers Vol.V, Part I (Tamil Inscriptions)” ed Y. Subbarayalu and S. Rajavelu and Documents on Economic History of British Rule in India 1858-1947: Southern India in the Late Nineteenth Century, Vol I, Part I 1860s-1870s, edited by Amiya Bagchi and Arun Bandopadhyayby Professor Iqtidar Alam Khan.
E. MAULANA ABUL KALAM AZAD MEMORIAL LECTURE
On 11 November 2014, 7th lecture in this series was organised at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. ICHR publication ed B.N. Mukherjee Corpus of Eastern Kharosti and Kharosti-Brahmi was released by Professor Ranabir Chakravarti. The book release was followed by Professor S.N. Balagangadhara on “What do Indians need, a history or the past? A challenge or two to Indian historians”. Professor Rajan Gurukkal gave his comments on the lecture. Professor Y. Sudershan Rao, Chairperson, ICHR presided over the lecture. The lecture was attended by several historians and scholars from various academic institutions and universities.
F. Metro Project
As an initiative to popularise history, the ICHR approached the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The DMRC provided the ICHR a wall space on the concourse level of the station to put up historical notices relating to the local history of the area around the Mandi House at its recently inaugurated Central Secretariat line of the Mandi House Metro Station. This new line is a part of DMRC’s recently launched ‘Heritage Line’. The two panels measuring 37’ x 6’ are installed for the public.
Professor Narayani Gupta as its coordinator with the ICHR team completed the project.
G. ICHR Lecture Series
In keeping with its avowed aim of expanding, broad basing and reinforcing its existing academic activities, the ICHR started a Lecture Series in 2007.
• ‘Shifting Ground Mobility and Fluidity in India’s Environmental Pasts’ by Professor Mahesh Rangarajan on 15 January 2014.
• ‘Indian Nationalism & Indian History (Colonial Period)’ by Dr. Eugenia Vanina on 4 February 2014.
• ‘Recent Research Writings on the Ghadar Movement’by Dr Maia Ramnath on 13 March 2014.
• ‘Recent Research Writings on the Ghadar Movement’by Professor Benjamin Zachariah on 13 March 2014.
• ‘First World War’by Dr PàlHatos on 30 April 2014
• ‘’Revisiting Marc Bloch’s Feudal Society’’ by Professor Harbans Mukhia on 07 August 2014.
• ‘’An Invaluable source for Pre-Colonial Bengal Textile Industry- John Taylor’s Account on Dacca Cloth Production, 1800’’ by Dr. Sushil Chaudhury on 18 September 2014.
• ‘’Gendering a Transitional Moment: The Politics of Reproduction in the Mahabharata’’ by Professor Uma Chakravarti on 17 October 2014.
H. ICHR Publications
1. Inscriptions of the Vijayanagara Rulers Vol. V Part I ed. By Y. Subbarayalu & S. Rajavelu
2. Inscriptions of Rulers Vol. V Part II ed. By Y. Subbarayalu & S. Rajavelu
3. Dictionary of Martyrs India’s Freedom Struggle Vol.II Part I, ed by S. Bhatacharya
4. Dictionary of Martyrs India’s Freedom Struggle Vol.II Part 2, ed by S. Bhatacharya
5. Documents on Economic History of British Rule in India 1858-1947, Southern India in the late Nineteenth Century Volume I, Part I-A: 1860S – 1870s ed. by Amiya Kumar Bagchi and Arun Bandopadhyay.
6. Documents on Economic History of British Rule in India 1858-1947, Southern India in the late Nineteenth Century Volume I, Part I-B: 1860S – 1870s ed. by Amiya Kumar Bagchi and Arun Bandopadhyay.
7. Corpus of Eastern Kharosti and Kharosti Brahmi Inscriptions by B.N.Mukherjee.
8. Dangerous Marginality, Rethinking Impurity and Power by Priyadarshini Vijaisri.
I. ICHR Journal – Indian Historical Review
Indian Historical Review, brought out since 1974 by the ICHR has been an important means of transmitting results of researches in history. It has won wide recognition for its comprehensive and balanced coverage of different periods, as well as its high academic and editorial standards. The technical work of production and marketing is being taken care of by SAGE Publications, New Delhi.