LIFE

Setting benchmark in publishing

Whether it is books on Indology or spiritual heritage, art or culture, Motilal Banarasidas has long been a name to reckon with in publishing circles and among Indophiles. Starting its journey from Lahore in 1903, it has just completed a glorious hundred years on the spiritual trail setting benchmarks in the history of Indian publishing.

And now in its Centenary Year, MLBD has decided to share special moments with all its patrons with whom it has enjoyed a sustained growth. "We have devised a scheme of incentives for young and enterprising scholars,'' says N.P.Jain, MLBD's Managing Director. To promote research work of superior quality under different disciplines of Indology, such scholars with established credentials would be furnished books free of cost published by them.

According to Mr. Jain, workshops on Vedic mathematics for the benefit of teachers and students will be conducted throughout the year in a large number of places including Delhi. MLBD also aims to support teacher- training programmes jointly with the World Academy for Vedic Mathematics, which is a part of the Nagpur-based International Research and Resource Foundation for Indian Heritage.

Over the years, MLBD has been trying to promote subjects like Vedic Mathematics and Astrology by publishing books of reputed authors on the subject. This past December, MLBD played host to James Glover, one of the leading scholars and practitioners of Vedic Mathematics, who is head of the Mathematics Department at St. James Independent School in London.

The Centenary celebrations will be kicked off on January 5 with a function in Delhi to be followed by a seminar at the Bhogilal Lehar Chand Indological Institute on January 11 dealing with various topics on Indology.

Preparations are also under way for an international conference on the "Contribution of Publishing Community Towards Indology'' the date and venue of which will be announced in due course. An international seminar on the 7th Century grammarian- poet Bhartrihari will be organised in the second week of December this year marking the culmination of the yearlong celebrations.

By Kannan K

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