Governor of Assam for critical editing of manuscripts preserved in Kashmir, Ladakh

Excelsior Correspondent

Governor of Assam J B Patnaik expressing views during 46th session of All India Oriental Conference at Kashmir University on Monday.

SRINAGAR, Oct 1: Terming the Valley as a repository of great pluralistic culture and ethos, Governor of Assam JB Patnaik urged for critical editing and publishing of rich manuscripts preserved in various centres of Kashmir and Ladakh.
Giving his presidential address at the 46th session of All India Oriental Conference, JB Patnaik who is also the general president of the Conference said that J&K has a rich storehouse of manuscripts preserved in its various centres. In Ladakh region monasteries have massive collections of manuscripts on Buddhism, Patnaik added.
He said that certificate and diploma courses are need to be introduced in Linguistics, Pali, Buddhism, Prakrit, Jainism, East Asian Studies and West Asian Studies, in all the Universities of India.
While inaugurating the inaugural session, Minister for Higher Education, AG Malik said that there is a need for coordination between the institutes of oriental studies and organization and various departments of the University so that research is done on the great works of orientalists and their contribution to the society.
Speaking on the occasion Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat apprised the delegates and executive members of AIOC about the rich heritage of J&K and suggested for holding one of the sessions of AIOC in Ladakh region in future.
Renowned Orientalist, Prof Finn Thesien who delivered the key note address on “Oriental studies in a globalised world” said that the biggest challenge which the contemporary orientalists are facing today is to preserve the rich culture, tradition and ethos of the great civilizations of the world.
Among others who spoke were Prof Satyavrata Shastri, Prof Hamidi Kashmiri and Prof Ved Kumari Ghai.
On the occasion, several Sanskrit publications were also released by the dignitaries.
Earlier, Head, Department of Sanskrit, Prof S Razdan presented the welcome address.

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