Archive

JATINDRA MOHAN SANGRAHASHALA

The Jatindra Mohan Sangrahashala, the archive of the National Council of Education, Bengal is a unique collection of six thousand manuscripts, seven thousand books, and two thousand two hundred forty-two periodicals. It came into being on 11th May, 1984 when Professor Jatindra Mohan Bhattacharjee donated to the National Council his personal collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals.

A scholar of Bangla and Assamese literature, Jatindra Mohan Bhattacharjee (1905-1990) was born in the eastern Bengal district of Sylhet and spent thirty long years teaching in Cotton College (Guwahati) and the University of Guwahati. His publications include critical editions of Ketakadasa Kshemananda’s Manasamangal, Holiram Dhekiyal Phukan’s Asamburanji, Krishnachandra Shiromani’s Puranabodhoddipani, the Vaishnava padabali-s of Rayashekhara, and the Vaishnava-padabali-s by Bengali Muslim poets. His landmark scholarly achievements were the Catalogus Catalogorum of Bengali Manuscripts (1978), A Descriptive Catalogue of Assamese Manuscripts (1989), Mudrita Bangla Granther Panji (Catalogue of Printed Bangla Books) vol. I (1743-1852) and vol. II (1853-1867).

The Sangrahashala has over four thousand Sanskrit manuscripts in its holdings, including 37 items from the 16th and the 17th centuries. The oldest manuscript in the archive is an incomplete copy of the Gaudiya Vaishnava text, the Gauraganoddesadipika from 1576 A.D. Other manuscripts deal with diverse subjects such as metaphysics, epic poetry (mahakavya), poetry (kavya), lexicography, Ayurveda, astrology, etc. There are about two thousand Bangla manuscripts in the Sangrahashala, the oldest being the Kumarakatha of Devananda from 1599 A.D. The archive has several Bangla manuscripts of the Ramayana and Mahabharata, various Mangalkavyas and panchali-s, Baul songs, Vaishnava lyrics and hagiographies, traditional medical treatises, narrative poetry, etc. Several grants from the National Archives of India has enabled the National Council to microfilm about a thousand Sanskrit and Bangla manuscripts from its collection, and also to publish descriptive catalogues of the Sanskrit and Bangla manuscripts in 1993 and 2008 respectively.

The Sangrahashala has as many as one hundred forty printed Bangla books published in the nineteenth century. Other than novels, dictionaries, and dramas, this collection includes books on moral philosophy, history, religious pedagogy, physics, chemistry, mathematics, medical science, astronomy, etc. The oldest printed Bangla book in the collection is a copy of the 1806 edition of William Carey’s Dialogues. Also, there are about thirty books printed in the Sylhet-Nagri script. There are several issues of 19th and 20th Bangla periodicals, the oldest being the ‘Digdarshana’, first published in 1818 by the Baptist Mission at Srirampur.

The Archive, which remains open to readers from Monday to Friday, 12 O’clock noon to 6:00 pm., is regularly used by scholars from all parts of the country and abroad.

Archieve

The Jatindra Mohan Sangrahashala, the archive of the National Council of Education, Bengal is a unique collection of six thousand manuscripts, seven thousand books, and two thousand two hundred forty-two periodicals. It came into being on 11th May, 1984 when Professor Jatindra Mohan Bhattacharjee donated to the National Council his personal collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals.

Dr. Triguna Sen Centre

Dr. Triguna Sen Centre of Life Long Education

Under this centre the Council through its various schools conducts non formal Education.

School of Language Management

Under this centre the Council through its various schools conducts non formal Education.

Publication

The Council has its book-sale shop situated on Raja Subidh Mullick Road by the side of the Council’s first gate which sales all publications of the Council. It remains open between 11 am and 5.30 pm on all days other than Sundays and holidays

Indumati Sabhagriha

Indumati Sabhagriha is the auditorium of the Council used for seminars and lectures. The auditorium is fully air-conditioned with uninterrupted power supply. The sitting capacity is 183. There is a small dais with a podium, inbuilt public address system, three microphones, four halogen lights and two side-lights, screen, three tables and six chairs for the dais, one greenroom with attached toilet.