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Basic level Workshop on Manuscriptology & Palaeography

Posted on: November 9, 2016 Posted By: Gaudiya Mission

Gaudiya Mission Para Vidyapeeth Research Institute, Baghbazar, Kolkata-3, proposes to organize a Basic level National workshop on Manuscriptology & Paleography from 1st to 22nd December, 2016, in collaboration with National Mission for Manuscripts, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.

The object of the workshop will be to encourage and train young scholars in such fields as the principles of text editing from manuscript sources, methodology and general principles of editing giving emphasis on transcription and collation, manuscript documentation and cataloguing, basics of manuscript conservation and preservation etc, through practical demonstration as well as by imparting theoretical knowledge on such topics as evolution and history of Manuscriptology and Paleography and ancient Indian scripts.  

Scripts such as Gaudi, Newari, Nandi Nagari (Old Devanagari), Asokan Brahmi, Kharoshthi, Medieval Bengali, Oriya, Malayalam, Tibetan and a few more regional languages are going to be taught so that a complete output of the workshop may be realized in a holistic manner.

Willing candidates (students of M. Phil & Ph.D preferably) may please apply with bio-data to the undersigned positively within 20th November, 2016. Participants coming from the neighbouring States viz., Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, etc. will be provided T.A., board and lodging facility as per norms of the National Mission for Manuscripts. The selected candidates will be duly informed about admission, etc.

(Dharanidhar Das Brahmachari) ( Dr. Piyali Palit) (Dr. Nabanarayan Bandyopadhyay)

      Coordinator                          Jt. Coordinator            Jt. Coordinator

Further information about the workshop :

As the achievable object will be to produce a complete output in the form of transcribed book along with presented papers by different experts which shall be submitted in the office of the National Mission for Manuscripts for its publication maximum TWO unpublished manuscript (preferably scientific) for example, from Gaudi script (old Bengali) or Old Devanagari or any other regional script for the practice of participants to transcribe. With a view to acheiving the optimum objective level, the participants will be required to help in the transcription of manuscripts as part of practical course, besides theoretical training. Among various areas of instruction, a few may be mentioned as will be taken up for theoretical teaching during the workshop.

Medium of instruction shall be in English.

Areas to be covered in the workshop :
Evolution and history of Manuscriptology & Paleography.
Evolution and history of various Ancient Indian Scripts.
Principles of Editing a Text on the basis of Manuscripts .
Methodology of Manuscript Documentation and Cataloguing.
Proper handling of Manuscripts.
Basics of Manuscript Conservation.
Basics of Manuscript Preservation.
Basics of Microfilming of Manuscripts.
Basics of Manuscript Digitization.

Distinguished experts shall be in charge of conducting the workshop.

At least 4 classes daily, having at least 1.5 hours of duration of each will be the tentative schedule of classes. Since it is a time-bound programme no holiday/leave can be claimed by any of the  participants/experts during the workshop.

Prof. Piyali Palit (Formerly of Dept. of Philosophy, Jadavpur University) and Prof. Nabanarayan Bandopadhyay (Professor of the  School of Vedic Studies, Rabindra Bharati University) will act as the Joint Coordinators of the workshop.

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