Friday , 20 September 2019
Breaking News

Mysore research institute gets $50 K aid from US

Mysore: A monumental building that houses some of the historic books and manuscripts Oriental Research Institute in Mysore had been ignored by the officials and administrators. The institute has in it’s shelves more than 70,000 age old documents that was just left to catch dust.
It always had the national pride of displaying the original draft of the Arthashastra, the masterpiece of one of the world’s greatest Economists from early ages of India. But since a long time, the wonderbook was hidden away from the public. Not to mention the leaky roof above the Arthashastra in the museum. The institute maintenance was neglected to such an extent that the former director had resigned three years back after being a witness to the precious books being had for breakfast by certain pests.
The Oriental Research Institute was established by the King of Mysore, Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1891.The institute has a magnanimous collection of scriptures. It has more than 35,000 palm leaf bundles and rare manuscripts. Apart from Chanakya’s Arthashastra, there are other works in Sanskrit Language which amounts to more than 70,000 numbers.
The Government of The United States of America came to know about the condition of the institute and they were there to offer help. The US Government donated $50,000 for the maintenance of the institute. The money that was received has already been used to renovate the building which has a heritage tag. Only professionals in their fields were allowed to curate the building including minor cement touchups, painting and waterproofing.
Owing to the flow of money, the institute heads are now planning on digitizing the documents to preserve them forever. A separate glass enclosure has been made for the Arthashastra to be displayed but there were complaints received from the public that the book which famous economists quote is not being kept on display.
Srikanta Shastri, a senior citizen said that he had been visiting the institute for a long time but he never saw the Arthashastra despite knowing that it was there. “I had asked the authorities many a times but they only said that it was allowed to be seen by the Vice Chancellor, Director and the Curator and they shunned my wish to see the Arthashastra in person. Now the State Chitrakala Parishad has restored the document but still it is not open to the public”, he added.

Check Also

Ayodhya dispute: SC closes contempt case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday closed a contempt case against an 88-year-old retired …