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The ICHR has two regional centres
established at Bangalore and Guwahati, which plan
and carry out a series of programmes in keeping with,
and for the promotion of, the ICHR's avowed aims.
The Southern Regional Centre (SRC) is headed
by Dr. S.K. Aruni and the North Eastern Regional
Centre (NERC) by Shri Uttam Bathari.
Both these centres undertake a number
of activities, like arranging library resources, providing
support to theme-oriented seminars, organizing lectures
by eminent Social Scientists, expanding networks with
History departments, exhibiting the ICHR's publications
in various seminars/congresses held in the region
and providing information about grants to research
of the Regional Centres
(October2007 - March 2008)
Southern Regional Centre,
During the period 1 October 2007 to
31 March 2008, the SRC undertook various academic activities,
the details of which are given below:
I. 1857 Exhibition
(a) Pictorial Exhibition
on 1857 Revolts
A Pictorial Exhibition on 1857 Revolts
entitled ‘Representation of 1857-Recovering the Indian
Voice’ was organized in Southern Regional Centre at
Bangalore between 15 and 31 December 2007. The Inaugural
Programme was presided over by the Council’s Chairman,
Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya. Professor S. Chandrashekar
of Bangalore University inaugurated the programme and
Shri K.N. Hari Kumar, former Editor of Deccan Herald
and Prajavani, was the Chief Guest. Over 750 scholars/students/historians
participated in the exhibition. A catalogue of the exhibition
was distributed among the visitors.
The SRC contributed from its collections
of Contemporary Pictorial Evidences of Resistance Against
British Rule in South India covering the period starting
from Tipu’s Mysore Wars, Revolts of 1857 in Karnataka
and archival sources on 1857 in Tamil Nadu during the
on 1857 Revolt in collaboration with Goa State Museum,
The SRC, in collaboration with Goa State Museum, Panaji,
Goa, organized ‘Exhibition on 1857’ between 19 and 29
February 2008. The exhibition was inaugurated by the
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Pratap Digambar
Kamath, on 19 February 2008. During the course of the
exhibition the following events took place:
1. Panel Discussion on 25 February;
2. Quiz Competition on 27 February; and
3. Special Lecture on 29 February.
of Rare Archival Drawings/Sketches/ Photographs on Historical
Sites of Karnataka
During the 19th Session of Karnataka History Congress
held at Tumkur University from 15 to 17 February 2008,
the SRC organized an exhibition on historical archival
pictorial documents of medieval historical sites for
the benefit of scholars who attended the session. The
exhibition focused on the importance of archival sources
for the study of history.
II. Symposium and
(a) Symposium Programme
The SRC organized one-day symposium
on ‘Resistance to Colonial Rule in Southern India, till
1857’ during the course of the 1857 exhibition held
in Bangalore. The symposium, which took place on 17
December 2007, was inaugurated by Professor O. Anantharamaiah,
Vice?Chancellor, Tumkur University; the programme was
presided over by the Council’s Chairman, Professor Sabyasachi
Bhattacharya. Research papers on the following themes
1. Early Resistance to Colonial Rule
in Tamilnadu: Search for the Idea of ‘Nation’ by N.
Rajendran (Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli);
2. Anti-British Resistance in South-Canara
Region by B. Surendra Rao (Mangalore University, Mangalore);
3. The Madras Army, General James Smith
Neil and the Counterinsurgency of 1857: Violence and
Amnesia in Mutiny - Historiography by Venkata Raghotham
(Pondicherry University, Pondicherry);
4. Anti-Colonial Resistance in Andhra,
1748 to 1857 by S. Gopalakrishnan (Sri Venkateswara
5. 1806 Vellore Revolt—An Anticipation
of 1857 Rebellion by K.A. Manikumar (Manormaniam Sundaranar
6. Rising of 1857—Karnataka by S. Chandrashekar
(Bangalore University, Bangalore).
An International Seminar on ‘Identity, Emotion and Culture:
Languages and Literature of the Sub-continent, c. 900
to 1971’ was organized between 4 and 7 January 2008,
at the SRC, Bangalore. Professor Rajat Kanta Ray, Vice-Chancellor,
Visva-Bharati, Santiniketan, and the Seminar Director
presented the keynote address. The seminar was inaugurated
by Professor U.R. Ananthamurthy (Jnanapeetha awardee)
and Professor Sugata Bose of Harvard University (Cambridge)
was the Chief Guest.
Scholars from both India and abroad
presented papers on the said theme. Professor S. Settar
(Dharwad); Dr. Chitralekha Zutshi (Williamsburg); Dr.
Janaki Nair (Kolkata); Professor S. Chandrasekhar (Bangalore);
Professor N. Rajendran (Tiruchirappalli); Professor
B. Surendra Rao (Mangalore); Professor Vijaya Ramaswamy
(New Delhi); and Professor Kesavan Veluthat (Mangalore)
were among the participants.
Under its publications scheme, the
SRC brought out Inscriptions of the Vijayanagara Rulers,
Vol. II, edited jointly by Dr. Shrinivas Ritti and Dr.
B.R. Gopal. The task of publication of the volume was
entrusted to the SRC which was duly accomplished in
IV. Digital Archival
The Southern Regional Centre has been
collecting available Digital-Archival Sources related
to South Indian history and culture on a big scale from
various Web-based sites such as British Library, Columbia
University Library, Archives.org, etc. for the benefit
of researchers and scholars. Over 200 rare digital books
and hundreds of pictorials or drawings/sketches of colonial
period and old maps have been stored in CDs which are
made available on demand to researchers.
V. Sales of Council’s
The SRC has been playing a big role
by way of publicizing various research schemes of the
ICHR and making available CDs to scholars of Epigraphia
Carnatica, Lecture Series publications, Towards Freedom
volumes, Research Funding Rules booklets, etc., during
the History Congress Conferences, seminars, symposia,
etc. held in the southern region of the country. The
conferences/seminars where the SRC organized exhibitions
and installed make-shift stalls to display ICHR publications
for sale are as follows:
1. 28th Session of South Indian History
Congress held at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapur,
from 19 to 21 January 2008.
2. 19th Session of Karnataka History Congress held at
Tumkur University from 15 to 17 February 2008.
3. ICHR National Seminar on ‘1857 in Indian History,
Historiography and Memory’ organized by the Department
of History, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, during
21-22 March 2008.
Unit of SRC
The Library-Cum-Documentation Unit
of the Centre was updated through making available new
titles and providing new sources of information to scholars.
206 new titles on various aspects of history and allied
subjects were purchased and added to the library’s collection.
The library also subscribes to 64 journals. The Library-cum-Documentation
Unit of the ICHR, New Delhi, donated 315 books to the
SRC for the use of scholars. Over 700 scholars visited
and consulted the Centre’s library for studies/research
during the period.
North Eastern Regional
2008 - March 2009)
REPORT NERC, Guwahati: 17th December 2008 to 31st March
- March 2008)
I. Academic Activities
The NERC organized the following lectures
as part of the lecture series programme:
Lecture XXII: Colonialism and
Changing Landscapes: Making and Unmaking of Environmental
Relations in Assam
Organized on 21 July 2007, the lecture
was delivered by Dr. Rajib Handique, Dibrugarh University,
and presided over by Professor (Retd.) M. Taher, Department
of Geography, Gauhati University. A total of 40 participants
attended the lecture.
Lecture XXIII: Problematic
of Space and Historiography on Tea Plantation in Assam
Organized on 4 October 2007, the lecture
was delivered by Shri Manjeet Baruah, a Faculty Member
of Women’s Studies and Development Centre, Delhi University.
The lecture was chaired by Dr. Dipankar Banerjee, Department
of History, Gauhati University. A total 30 participants
attended the lecture.
Dr Dipankar Banerjee addressing the
audience; to his right and left are Shri Uttam Bathari
(officer-in-charge, ICHR's NERC) and Shri Manjeet Baruah
Lecture XXIV: Home Away From
Home: the Work of Missionary Wives in the Evangelical
Project in Colonial Assam
Organized on 31 December 2007, the
lecture was delivered by Dr Surya Sikha Pathak, Lecturer,
Assam University, Silchar. The lecture was chaired by
Dr. Liza Das, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences,
Lecture XXV: Perspectives on
City in Early India
Organized on 29 March 2008, the lecture
was delivered by Professor B. D. Chattopadhaya. It was
chaired by Professor (Retd.) M. Taher, Department of
Geography, Gauhati University.
Organized on 5 March 2008, as part
of the inaugural programme of Exhibition on 1857, the
lecture was delivered by Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya,
Chairman, ICHR. The theme of the lecture was: Mahatma
Gandhi and Discourse of Civilization.
Lecture Series Publication
The NERC had initiated a lecture series
programme in 2003. Of these, 5 lectures organized at
the Centre were published by the Centre in April 2007.
Another five have also been published which were released
by Professor Ranju Bezbaruah, former Hony. Director
of the Centre, on 5 March 2008. The titles of the lectures
published are as follows:
Lecture-VII: Incursion and Resistance in Arunachal
Pradesh: Indian Administration and the Tagins by Dr.
Lecture-XIII: Rain, Rain Come
Again: History of the Rainfall, Deforestation and Water
Scarcity in Cherrapunjee, the Rainiest Spot in the Globe
by Professor Sajal Nag
Lecture-XVII: We Lost Land:
Colonial Forestry, Immigration and Land Alienation among
Tribes in Assam by Dr. Makiko Kimura
Lecture-XXIII: The Problematic
of Space and Historiography on Tea Plantations in Upper
Brahmaputra Valley by Manjeet Baruah
Lecture-XXIV: The Work of Missionary
Wives in the Evangelical Project in Colonial Assam:
Life and Times of Mrs. P. H. Moore by Dr. Surya Sikha
Exhibition of Paintings on 1857 titled
‘The Representations of 1857: Recovering the Indian
Voice’ was organized from 5 March to 20 March 2008,
at the NERC’s premises. Professor Amarjyoti Chaudhury,
Vice?Chancellor, Gauhati University, was the Chief Guest
who inaugurated the exhibition. A book release function
was also organized on 5 March 2008 during which five
publications, as per the details given above, were released.
Among those who participated in the inaugural function
were Professor Amalendu Guha, Professor Birendranath
Datta, Shri A.C. Baruah, Professor R. Bezbaruah, Shri
R.C. Baruah and Professor Farukh Ahmed.
A five-minute interview programme
on the exhibition was also recorded with the AIR, Gauhati,
which was broadcasted on 14 March 2008.
Unit of NERC
With a view to enrich the library of
the NERC, several new titles were procured. Apart from
history, books on other allied sciences like anthropology,
sociology, political science, etc. were procured in
view of the increasing importance attached to inter-disciplinary
approach. Books on North East were also procured.
During the period under reference,
the NERC purchased 671 books for its Library; 37 books
and 29 journals were received as complimentary from
different sources; and 188 books were received as complimentary
from the Council’s Library-cum-Documentation Centre.
The NERC also initiated the process of digitizing rare
books through scanning. The scanned page is put on a
server to enable access to the scholars through desktop
PC. This not only provides access to the same book to
multiple users simultaneously and enables getting print-outs
easily, but also helps preventing possible damage from
Reproduction of Rare/Unavailable books
During the said period, 14 rare books
and those that are not easily available, were collected
from different sources and reproduced by means of photocopy
for the NERC’s library.
II. Promotional and
(i) Display of ICHR Publications
The NERC prominently displayed all
the publications of ICHR, distributed newsletters, list
of publications and also made available the lecture
series publications for sale during the 28th NEIHA session
held at Goalpara College from 1 November 2007 to 3 November
2007; and during the UGC sponsored seminar (on ‘Ethnicity
and Folklore’) held at Chhayagaon College, Chhayagaon
from 11 to 12 January 2008.
ICHR Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 1 was
also distributed to all the history departments of North-Eastern
universities and colleges.
(ii) Participation in Seminar/Conference,
The NERC has been actively participating in different
seminars /symposia /conferences / workshops organized
in the university and research institutes of the North-East,
especially in Gauhati.
III. Other Activities
(i) Meeting of Regional Advisory Committee
The Fourth Regional Advisory/Monitoring Committee Meeting
of the NERC was organized at Gauhati on 7 March 2008.
Presided over by Professor Sabyasachi Bhattacharya,
Chairman, ICHR, the meeting was attended by ten members
from the history departments of various universities
in the region, including Professor David R. Syiemlieh,
Member, ICHR. Dr Y. Chinna Rao, the then Member Secretary,
ICHR, also attended the meeting.
(ii) Number of Visitors
The NERC hosted during the period around 4,000 visitors
either for consulting the library or to inquire about
the ICHR grants, etc. This included several international/foreign
scholars. Several dignitaries also visited the library
during this period, the notable one being Shri S.K.
Bwismutiary, Member of Parliament.
(iii) Installation of Desk-top computers
Ten desk-top computers and servers were purchased and
installed to enable storage and access to digitized
library catalogue and rare books. It would also help
the readers download rare books, avoiding possible damage
while photocopying. The ERNET connection provided by
the university to the centre shall also be made available
to the readers in due course.