Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute
By Swami Harshananda
Foundation & Location
This Institute was founded in A. D. 1944 in memory of the great savant S. Kuppusvāmi Śāstrī who lived in A. D. 1880-1943. At the initial stage, the Institute was engaged in coordinating the activities of some of the institutions like the Oriental Research Institute under the University of Madras and the Madras Sanskrit Academy. It is located within the campus of the Sanskrit College at Mylapore in Madras/ Chennai.
Its administration lies in the hands of a managing committee with representatives from the Central and the State governments and from the Institute itself. This managing committee is ably assisted by a research committee of scholars.
The objectives were expanded in scope to include oriental learning and research in all its aspects. It can be pointed as:
- As a part of this, it organizes periodical meetings and conferences, conducts seminars and maintains a good library.
- It is bringing out a Journal of Oriental Research, of which 55 Volumes have already been published.
- Fifty important books and monographs on subjects like astrology, medicine, literature and religion have also been published.
The library of the Institute has 30,000 volumes including periodicals from India and abroad. The personal collections of many scholars have enriched it over the years. The Institute runs different courses like M.Phil., Ph.D. and Vidyāvāridhi. These courses are affiliated to or recognized by competent authorities like the University of Madras, Rāṣṭṛīya Saṅskṛta Sansthāna and others. It provides all opportunities and assistance to research scholars in Indological subjects from all over India.
Among its special activities, the following are most important:
- Classes for teaching spoken Sanskrit
- Preparation of a Śaivāgama Kosa
- Setting up of groups for special critical studies
- Comparative study of texts on the tāla systems in Indian music
- Collection and microfilming of valuable manuscripts
- Both the courses are offered in Sanskrit.
- Tāla means beat.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore