Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Ganganatha Jha Campus), formerly known as Ganganath Jha Research Institute (from 1943-1971) and Ganganatha Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth (from 1971-2002 under the Ministry of HRD, Government of India) was founded on November 17, 1943 with a view to perpetuate the name and works of M. M. Dr. Sir Ganganatha Jha (b.1871 & d.1941), a renowned International figure of Orientology and Indology. From the very beginning, a number of Indologists and erudite scholars of eminence like Mm. Dr. Gopinatha Kaviraj, Dr. Ishwari Prasad, Mm. Dr. Umesh Mishra, Pt. Kshetresh Chandra Chattopadhyaya and others have been closely associated with this Research Institute. The institute is well known for its co-ordination of valuable Research Projects, collection of old Sanskrit manuscripts / rare books and their Publication. The manuscript-Library started with the rare collection of M.M. Dr. Sir Ganganatha Jha and then onwards many new collections have been acquired. At present, the Manuscript-Library contains more than 50,000 paper-based as well as palm-leaf-based manuscripts on varied subjects and mutiple scripts dating back to 13th to 15th Century A.D.
A Journal of International repute on Sanskrit and Indological subjects is being published from this Institute since its inception where priority is given to the text-based studies (i.e. Textual criticism, Textual appreciation etc.) and valuable research related to manuscripts and manuscriptology. Besides, some small and rare manuscripts are published in the Journal as appendix under गैर्वाणवाणी-गौरव-ग्रन्थमाला series. It is worth-mentioning here that the books are generally published from this Campus under two streams i. e. Ganganatha Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha series as the main stream and the गैर्वाणवाणी-गौरव-ग्रन्थमाला series as the subordinate one. The specific common features of these publications under both the series are : most of them are either edited or critically edited with the help of the manuscripts available in the manuscript - library of Ganganath Jha Campus.
A number of research scholars are registered to carry out research work for the award of Vidyavaridhi (Ph.D.) degree of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan (Deemed University). The use of the Library and Manuscripts Section is not only confined to the staff and members but also open to all the scholars as reference library.
Besides guiding the research works of the enrolled students, all the members of academic staff, pursue their own research works assigned to them by the Sansthan :
Whereabouts : The campus is established in 1943 and it is located in the heart of the Allahabad city i.e. Chandra Shekhar Azad Park. Total area of land covers 1.5 Acres and the built up Area is 958.20 Sq. mtr.
The Glorious Past :
- M.M. Sir Ganganatha Jha (b.1871 - d.1941), a renowned International figure of Orientology and Indology, has planned for an Oriental Research Institute in Allahabad, 1911.
- The Institute was founded on November 17, 1943 (i.e. the 2nd Death anniversary of Dr. Sir Ganganatha Jha) with a view to perpetuate his name and works.
- The Institute was inaugurated by Mahamana Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya.
- The Institute was Registered on 12th July, 1945
- The Foundation stone of the present Building was laid on 13th Feb, 1945 by the Hon’ble Governer of U.P. Maurisji Halet.
- The Institute was taken over by Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, New Delhi (under the Ministry of HRD, Government of India) in 1971 and it was named as Ganganatha Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth.
- From 2002 onwards it has been renamed as Ganganath Jha Campus of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, when Sansthan was recognised by UGC as a Deemed University.
- Silver Jubilee Celebration:
The Institute celebrated its Silver Jubilee in 1969 The Hon’ble Ex.President of India Shri Varaha Venkata Giri and the Governor of UP Dr. Gopal Reddy have graced the occasion.The other Dignitaries present on the occasion are : Adityanath Jha (The youngest son of Ganganatha Jha), Umapati Dwivedi, B. S. Fadnisa , Pt. Jaykishor Jha, Dr. Tarachand, Dr. Jogiraj Basu, Shri Natraj Ayyar, Shri Harishchandra Divekar, Justice Harishchandrapati Tripathi, Prof. Subrahmanyam Shastri, Pt. Badarinath Shukla, Prof. Sarasvati Prasad Chaturvedi
- Golden Jubilee Celebration:
The Institute celebrated its Golden-Jubilee on 14 May, 1994
The Hon’ble Ex. Minister of HRD Shri Arjuna Singh was present in the occasion
The Campus celebrated Bharadwaja festival on 23-24 Sep. 2011
Special lecture series on motifs in Sanskrit poetry was organized from 03.03.11 to 05.03.11.
- Workshop on Manuscriptology:
Five days Workshop on Manuscriptology was organized from 16.07.2010 to 20.07.2010
- Refresher Course on Nyaya:
10 Days Refresher Course on Nyaya was organized from 08.12.2003 to 18.12.2003
Eminent Dignitories Associated with the Campus :
- Dr. Sir Tej Bahadur Sapru, Dr. Bhagavan Das, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Justice Shri Kamala Kant Verma, Dr. Gopinath Kaviraj, Dr. Amarnath Jha, Dr. Adityanath Jha, Dr. Ishvari Prasad, Dr. Baburam Saxena, Dr. Umesh Mishra, Dr. Jayakant Mishra, Pt. Kshetresh Chandra Chattopadhyaya, Prof. A. Siddiqi, Dr. Tara Chanda, R. D. Ranade, Prof. Sarasvati Prasad Chaturvedi, Dr. P. V. Kane, Dr. F. W. Thamas (Oxford) and Prof. Fainklin Adgartan (New york), Maulavi Saeed Suleman Nai, Sir S. Varadachari and Justice Raghuvar Dayal etc.
VISION AND MISSION :
The campus is determined to develop Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan as a world class University with a view to establish the glory of Sanskrit learning at global level. Its mission is to cultivate all the branches of Sanskrit learning and making Sanskrit resources available through modern technologies. It also aims to facilitate comparative Researches or comparative studies between modern Sciences and scientific knowledge of Sanskrit texts. Collecting conserveing/ preserving the Manuscripts and editing as well as publishing them are some of the special features of the campus. To run the Ph.D. (Vidyavaridhi) program of the Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan is another concern of the campus.
Aims & Objectives :
- Propagation of Sanskrit literature and language
- Propagation and preservation of Shastric tradition
- Vigorous teaching of shastras
- Collection and preservation of rare manuscripts
- Bringing out publications on rare subjects
- Publishing language skill oriented books
- Propagating Indian cultural values through various activities
- Bridging the gap between the society and institution
- Character-building institution
- To undertake, aid, promote and co-ordinate researches in all branches of Sanskrit learning including teachers’ Training and Manuscriptology
- To act as sub-nodal agency for Government of India in implementing its policies and programmes for the development of Sanskrit
- To encourage researches in Ideology.
- To facilitate & promote Sanskrit Education through researches in areas of traditional method of Sanskrit education.
- Linkage of Sanskrit literature with other languages.
- Collection, preservation and publication of rare manuscripts.
Five Important features of the Campus:
3. Publications :
Books / Journals / Periodicals
5. Office : Structure and Infrastructure