हिन्दी

Shri Ram Das Gupta
(founder)
Shri R.D Paliwal
(Chairman)

Susheela Gupta
(Secretary)
Shri S.C Dixit
(Director)

Report on Vrindavan Research Institute (VRI) :-


Vrindavan Research Institute (VRI) was founded on 24th November, 1968 as an unregistered society by personal efforts of Late Dr. R.D. Gupta. Dr. Karan Singh, the then Union Minister, Government of India inaugurated this Institute. Dr. Gupta was a Lecturer in Hindi in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Since there were no steady financial resources of VRI and Dr. Gupta lived in London, he approached the Government of Uttar Pradesh in 1981 and requested to help for developing the Institute with financial and administrative assistance. Considering the importance of works done by the Institute the Government of Uttar Pradesh decided to provide funds on regular basis and also to share the major burden of its management. Accordingly the constitution of the VRI was framed with its objectives and rules and it was registered as a society with the Secretary of the Department of Culture, U.P. as its Ex-Officio Chairman; and the Director of Government Museum, Mathura as Ex-Officio Treasurer. The first Secretary of the VRI was Dr. R.C. Sharma, the then Director of State Museum, Lucknow (later Director General, National Museum, Delhi). Amongst the other ex-officio members of the Governing Council were Director, NRLC, Lucknow was representative of the Government of India. Later, Secretary to Government of India, Ministry of Culture or his nominee. Director General, National Museum or his nominee, Director General National Archives of India or his nominee and District Magistrate, Mathura. This will show the active participation of the two Governments (State and Central) in the management of the VRI. The constitution of the VRI was however amended in year 2000 and the posts of President of the society (which was with Dr. R.D. Gupta for life time) and Chairman of the Institute were merged in one and the post was made elective. Then in the course of the time Institute got its own building constructed in a campus of 3.5 Acres with the financial assistance of the State Government, U.P. and Government of India. The main building is surrounded by a lush green garden presenting a natural academic atmosphere. The Institute has been approved by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University, Agra as a Research Centre for Ph.D Degree. The Institute has also been recognized as Museum of Manuscripts and the archival material by the Museum Association of India.

Aims :-


The primary aim of the Institute is to collect, preserve, study and publish the manuscripts and demonstrate other archival material and artefacts of folk art and culture of India in general and of Braj in particular. The VRI is also a research centre devoted to bring out the research works on the rare manuscripts preserved in its collection. Survey and documentation of rare aspects of Braj folk cultural and traditional heritage is also a prime part of VRI’s aims. The Institute organizes lectures, seminars, exhibitions and workshops on Indology, Braj culture and manuscript conservation and other cultural subjects to save our cultural heritage.

Manuscript Library :-


Manuscript library is the soul of the Institute. It comprises a rich collection of manuscripts, Farmans, paintings, miniatures and other archival material received from various sources as donation. At present the VRI has more than 30,000 Manuscripts in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Punjabi etc. scripts of various subjects viz. Vaidic literature, Dharmashastra, Sanskrit Classical literature, Poetics, Vaishnava Philosophy, Tantra, Astronomy, Astrology, Ayurveda etc. together with historical documents, Farmans of annalist importance are the precious collection of the VRI. The Jain manuscripts and Palm leaf manuscripts have the earlier dates. In addition to above miniatures paintings, images, coins, icons and other antiquities are also preserved.

Reference Library :-


This institute has a modest reference library established in the campus of the institute with approx. 15000 printed books. This library is established in the campus of the Institute for research scholars and students. Library comprises books on various subjects with dictionaries, research articles, theses and magazines etc. Many scholars from India and abroad frequently visit the library to consult for their referential work.

Conservation Section :-


Most of the manuscripts when acquired were found damaged, burnt or eaten by moths and insects. The VRI has developed a scientific laboratory for preventive and curative conservation and preservation of these manuscripts. The specialists/ technicians conserve the manuscripts with the process of fumigation, ink fixation, de-acidification, lamination, binding etc. through latest techniques. This section organizes workshops and seminars from time to time on manuscript conservation for creating awareness of preservation techniques among the owners of manuscript repositories and people in general.

Reprography Section :-


This section is established to make a collection of rare aspects of Braj culture. The section works to prepare still and video photography of temples and historical monuments together with festivals and functions of Braj. The coloured slides of historical and religious places of Braj are also made to enable researchers to utilize these for research work. The Institute has a large number of collections of valuable transparencies on aforesaid subjects which await publication. Owners of some manuscript repositories do not want to donate their treasure to anyone. The reprography department makes microfilms of rare manuscripts from those repositories and save them in the Institute. The manuscripts of VRI are also microfilmed by this section. This section provides microprints to the scholars on their demand through microfilm reader-printer.

Research & Publication Section :-


This section is established to make a collection of rare aspects of Braj culture. The section works to prepare still and video photography of temples and historical monuments together with festivals and functions of Braj. The coloured slides of historical and religious places of Braj are also made to enable researchers to utilize these for research work. The Institute has a large number of collections of valuable transparencies on aforesaid subjects which await publication. Owners of some manuscript repositories do not want to donate their treasure to anyone. The reprography department makes microfilms of rare manuscripts from those repositories and save them in the Institute. The manuscripts of VRI are also microfilmed by this section. This section provides microprints to the scholars on their demand through microfilm reader-printer.

Up to date Publications of VRI :-


1. Braj ki Rasleela - (Revised Edition) (ed.) Prabhu Dayal Mittal
2. Dashashloki (ed.) Dr.Kamlesh Pareek
3. Rasman ke Pad by Keval Ram (Hindi Version) (English Version) (ed.) Prof. Alan Entwistle
4. Rahasya Darpan-Rahasya Chandrika Swami Charan Das, (ed.) Dr.R.D.Gupta & Dr. Sharan Bihari Goswami Crore
5. Rasik Karnabharan (Leela) (ed.) Dr. Naresh Chandra Bansal
6. Smaran Darpan, (ed.) Gopal Chandra Ghosh
7. Yamuna Evam Yamunashtak (Revised Edition) (ed.) Vrindavan Bihari
8. Chhanda Kaustubh, (ed.) Dr. Kamlesh Pareek
9. Mathura Mahatmya (ed.) Dr. Uma Bhaskar
10. Vrindavan in Vaishnava Literature (English) Dr. M. Corcoran It deals with various kinds of meditation on Vrindavan leela and complete analysis according to different sects.
11. Braj ki Lok-Kathayen, Dr.Braj Bhushan Chaturvedi
12. An Early Testamentary Document in Sanskri (Eng.) Tarapada Mukherjee & Prof. J.C. Wright, Sanskrit documents by Shrila Jiva Goswami about temples and manuscripts etc. (written in V.S. 1663)
13. Sri Gopal Pathavali (ed.) Chandra Dhar Tripathi & Gopal Ghosh
14. Shringar Sarasi (ed.) Dr. Kamlesh Pareek
15. Chandrakala (ed.) Dr. Naresh Chandra Bansal.
16. Radhika Pathavali (ed.) Gopal Chandra Ghosh
17. Vaishnava Tilakas, Prof. A.W.Entwistle (Revised Edition) (Ed.) R.D. Paliwal & Dr. B.B. Chaturvedi
18. 'Tilak' is a sectarian mark born by the followers of various faiths. This book throws light on the religious principles and virtues of different Tilakas. Written by an eminent scholar and admirer of Indian Culture specially Braj. The book is richly illustrated.
19. Godhuli Bela, (A Poetic collection by Dr.R.D.Gupta) (ed.) Dr. Naresh Chandra Bansal,
20. Geet-Gandha A Poetic collection-Dr.Braj Bhushan Chaturvedi
21. Recent Advances of Conservation of Manscripts (ed.) Prof. Govind Sharma Papers of eminent scholers presented on Manuscript Conservation at a seminar held at VRI.
22. Shri Nrisimha Pathavali (ed.) Dr. Uma Raman Jha & Gopal Chandra Ghosh .
23. Geet Braj Vasundhara Ke, (ed.) Dr. Sarojini Kulashreshtha.
24. Shrimad Bhagavata Divya Darshan (ed.) Dr. Rajni Bhatnagar.
25. Illustrated Postcard.
26. Svasti Sankalpa, (ed.) Dr.Bhawani Shankar Shukla A memorial volume dedicated to Dr. R.D. Gupta, the founder of VRI, containing articles of eminent scholars on various aspects of Indology.
27. Bharat Bhav Roop Sri Krishna, (ed.) Bhawani Shankar Sukla.
28. Aadhunik Hindi Kavita mein Radha Krishna, Dr. Onkar Tripathi.
29. Laghu Siddhant Kaustubh (ed.) Dr. Pramod Kumar Sharma.
30. Vrindavan Ke Shri Rang Mandir ka Sri Brahmotsav(ed.) Dr. Mahesh Narain Sharma & Dr. Rajesh Sharma..
31. Vrindavan ki Phool Bangla Kala (ed.) Dr. Mahesh Narain Sharma & Dr. Rajesh Sharma..
32. Vrindavan ki Mallah Vidya Parampara (ed.) Dr. Mahesh Narain Sharma & Dr. Rajesh Sharma.
33. Braj ki Tulsi Kanthi Mala (ed.) Dr. Mahesh Narain Sharma & Dr. Rajesh Sharma.
34. Braj ki Sanjhi (ed.) Dr. Mahesh Narain Sharma.
35. Bhartiya Lokvarta main Sri Krishna (ed.) Bhawani Shanker Shukla & Dr. Mahesh Narayan Sharma
36. Raag Mala of Tansen (ed.) Hari Mohan Malviya
37. Braj ki Akbar Kaleen Pustak Thor aur (Ek Sanskritik Adhyayan) (ed.) Smt. Pragati Sharma
38. Nrisingh Champu (ed.) Dr. Uma Bhaskar

Centre of National Mission for Manuscripts :-


The National Mission for Manuscript, Government of India, established to survey and preserve the manuscripts stored in several repositories of India, collects information about the manuscripts available in the country and has planned a national catalogue so that the scholars may be able to trace the respective manuscript for their research work. After being satisfied with the conservation and research work of manuscripts done by the VRI, the National Mission for Manuscript made VRI as a centre in the year 2003 for this significant project. This project is running in the Institute for Survey, Documentation and Conservation of the manuscripts preserved in private and other Institutional repositories. Several repositories are being surveyed and their collection are documented and conserved through this project.

Braj Culture Museum :-


The Braj Culture Museum was inaugurated by the Hon’ble HRD Minister, Government of India in 1993. It was established in the Institute to display rare manuscripts, miniature paintings, Farmans, Images, Coins and other archival material related to Braj culture viz. musical instruments, costumes of deities and the objects used by the Vaisanavas ets. .

Now the rare collection of artefacts, manuscripts, paintings, images, coins and other material are displayed in 4 galleries of new Braj Culture museum building in VRI campus constructed through the financial support of Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh. Pilgrims, tourists and scholars/researchers visit throughout the year in the museum. They are provided authentic knowledge of Braj Culture.

Shodh Ashrama :-


The VRI has a suitably furnished 8-roomed Shodh Ashrama with attached bathrooms and also with facilities of a canteen for providing breakfast, lunch and dinner etc. to the scholars/guests.

Management :-


The Institute is managed by the Vrindavan Research Society. The Governing Council of the society is the chief-executive body of the Institute. It has adequate representation of the senior officers both from Central and State Governments, besides eminent scholars and experts. The Governing Counsel exercises general powers of control and supervision for the activities of the Institute. The Director implements the decisions of the Governing Council.

Governing Council :-


1. Chairman (elected by the General Body)
2. Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (Ex-Officio) or his nominee.
3. Secretary, Department of Culture, Government of Uttar Pradesh (Ex-Officio) or his nominee.
4. Director General, National Museum (Ex-Officio) or his nominee.
5. Director General, National Archives of India (Ex-Officio) or his nominee.
6. Director of N.R.L.C., Lucknow (Ex-Officio) or his nominee.
7. District Magistrate, Mathura (Ex-Officio) or his nominee.
8. Secretary of the Vrindavan Research Society (elected by the General Counsel).
9. Director, Government Museum, Mathura (Ex-Officio) who is the Treasurer of the Institute and also of the society.
10. Five members of the Governing Council to be elected by the General council.
11. The Director of the Institute as the Secretary of the Governing Council.

Finances :-


Necessary finances to run the Institute are provided both under Revenue Grant and non-plan heads by Government of India (Ministry of Culture) and Government of Uttar Pradesh (Department of Culture). The total Revenue Grant received by the Institute from the Government of India Rs. 1.00 Crore and from Government of Uttar Pradesh, Department of Culture Rs. 50.00 Lakhs. Total amount in a year Rs. 1.50 Crore. The grant is used for the payment of salaries, activities related to manuscript conservation, research, publication, seminar, lectures, cultural programs, survey and documentation, Braj Culture museum etc. and for office and campus management.

Staff :-


The Vrindavan Research Institute has a moderate and regular staff of 30 persons, out of which 14 posts are in regular position and 16 post from outsource. Some posts are lying vacant because of financial constraints. Due to the funds constraints the Institute could pay its staff the salaries at the level recommended by the fifth pay commission of the Government.

Present Regular Staff Of VRI

Administration


S.no. Name Designation
1. Mr. Sukumar Goswami Assistant Account Officer
2. Mr. Rajat Shukla Sr. Assistant
3. Mr. Kanhiya Lal Sharma Sr. Clerk/Store Keeper
4. Mr. Vinod Jha Office Attendent
5. Mr. Ram Pratap Guest House attendent
6. Mr. Basant Lal Sweeper
7. Mr. Murari Lal Sweeper

Research and Publication

1. Dr. Braj Bhushan Chaturvedi Sr. Assistant Research Publication

Conservation and Reprography

1. Mr. Jaydev Dey Sr. Consevation Assistant

Manuscript Library

1. Mr. Ashok Dixit Library Attendent (Mss.)

Reference Library

1. Mr. Ramesh Chand Library Attendent

Braj Culture Museum

1. Mr. Rajkumar Shukla Gallery Attendent
2. Mr. Mahendra Singh Gallery Attendent
3. Mr. Yudhisthirt Saini Gardner
Total Number Of Employees 14

Present Out Source/Contract Staff working in VRI

Administration


S.no. Name Designation
1. Mr. Bhagvati Prashad Electrician(Out Source Employee)

Conservation and Reprography

1. Mr. Karvendra Singh Conservation Assistant (Out Source Employee)
2. Mr. Uma Shankar Purohit Photographer (Out Source Employee)

Manuscript Library

1. Ms. Archna Pandey Library Assistant (Out Source Employee)
2. Ms. Shilpi Sharma Cataloguer (Contract)

Reference Library

1. Smt. Rekha Rani Computer Operator Tech. (Out Source Employee)

Braj Culture Museum

1. Smt.Mamta Kumari Assistant Curator (Out Source Employee)
2. Mr. Krishan Gautam Jr. Account Clerk (Out Source Employee)
3. Mr. Krishna kumar Mishra Assistant (Out Source Employee)
4. Mr. Vishwnath Ray Gardner
5. Mr. Rajendra Sweeper

Encyclopedia of Braj Culture

1. Dr. Rajesh Sharma Co. Editor (Contract)
2. Smt. Pragati Sharma Editorial Assistant (Contract)
3. Mr. Jitendra Kumar Script Writer (Out Source Employee)
4. Mr. Jugal sharma Office Assistant (Out Source Employee)
5. Ms. Parul Shamra Assistant (Out Source Employee)
Total Number Of Employees 16

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