ICHR project to teach fading classical languages

Tiruchirappalli (TN): The Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR) is launching an ambitious project to teach the fading classical languages to senior teachers for the benefit of the next generation, according to ICHR member secretary Dr Ishrat Alam.

"Two languages, including Persian and Pragritham have been chosen for being taught to scholars. The objective to select the two languages is that most of the inscriptions in the country are in those two languages," he told PTI. He also said ICRH is bringing out a dictionary of economic, social and administrative terms with reference to South Asian Inscriptions.

The North Indian inscriptions are being prepared by Shrimali, while Persian and Arabic inscriptions are being prepared by Irfan Habib. The second volume of South Indian inscriptions, now in the manuscript stage, is being prepared by K V Ramesh, while the first has been released by Oxford University Press.

A Project to give open access to the ICHR website, which provides intricacies of Indian history to public and scholars is pending clearance from Human Resources Department, he said.

The council had also embarked on a programme this month to collect, classify and digitize records owned by individuals or private collections on Indian history.
"Joys of history," a new programme is being launched at school level under which teachers would be taught to create interest among students on History as a subject.A programme is being prepared by the National council for teaching and research, he said.

The Long pending project of books on "Towards Freedom", narration of India`s Freedom Struggle is nearing completion. Ten volumes on Indian freedom struggle would be released this year, he said.