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Valedictory function of 20th All India Summer School on Prakrit Language & Literature held at BHOGILAL LEHERCHAND INSTITUTE OF INDOLOGY

20th All India Summer School on Prakrit Language & Literature was held in Delhi from Sunday 11th May 2008 to 1st June 2008 at Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology (BLII). 43 participants attended the three-week long Prakrit Workshop from various universities of India and Japan. These participants were of high standard and were either Reader/Lecturer/Post Doctoral/Doctoral Fellow or MA students. Faculties also came from various universities apart from in-house faculty of BLII. The Valedictory Function was held on 1st June 2008. Dr. K. K. Chakravarty, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi (IGNCA) was the Chief Guest and Dr. Godabarish Mishra, Member Secretary, Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR) and Dr. P. V. Joshi, IFS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs were also the Guests of Honour.

The Programme started with the invocation of Saraswati by Mrs. Deepshikha Jain. Mr. N. P. Jain, Vice Chairman of the Institute welcomed and introduced the guests whereas Mr. Raj Kumar Jain, Secretary General of Vallabh Smarak gave a vivid account of various activities of Vallabh Smarak. Dr. J. B. Shah, Vice-Chairman of BLII gave a detailed picture about the Institute as well as importance of the Summer School. He gave a very elaborate talk about the current situation and the importance of Prakrit language and literature.

Dr. P. V. Joshi showed his interest for undertaking such programmes for comparative studies of religion and literature and emphasized the need for such programmes and mentioned that such programmes should take place more often in various Institutes.

Dr. Godabrish Mishra began by stray thought on the state of philosophy and thinking today. Hegel’s idea was that there cannot be any culture without history. This speaks of upper edge of Western Philosophy over Eastern. We have history of over 5000 years but it is not documented. Therefore, there is an urgent need for documenting the undocumented. In South also, there is a lot of tradition. Jain tradition is abundant but it is all dying day by day. Jain community must come forward. He told “As young scholar your job does not end here but begins from here. Lot of hard core research is required today. He concluded by a pessimistic note. How an insect caught in a flower at night will not see the light of the day because the jungle is trampled by an elephant”.

Dr. K. K. Chakravarty started by saying that “I will begin from where Mr. Mishra has ended his note/observations. Hard work and real smart work is required. Picture tainted due to globalization is very very dismal. History and relevance of Prakrit language and its study and conservation-Saving of our culture and tradition is possible due to this. Serious efforts for formation of a Prakrit Academy is the need of the hour.”

Later, Dr. Balaji Ganorkar, Director of BLII announced the names of the candidates who stood first, second and third in both elementary and advance courses of this Prakrit Workshop and to whom certificates/memento etc. were given by the Chief Guests of Honour. Later certificates/ mementos were also given to the students who appeared in the examination and cleared the same.

Central Institute of Indian Languages Mysore (Ministry of H. R. D., Govt. of India) sponsored this summer school.

The Programme was anchored by Dr. Balaji Ganorkar, Director of the Institute.

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