Led by the Buddhist scholar Lokesh Chandra, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) ICCR is an organization of the government of India supporting cultural exchange, dialogue, and India's external cultural relations. Centered in New Delhi, the ICCR offers an online library comprised of culturally significant texts in a number of languages and formats. The organization was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
ICCR President Lokesh Chandra has published prolifically, producing notable volumes including Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, A History of Tibetan Literature, and Dictionary of Buddhist Art. The Council commits itself to promoting and actualizing cultural diplomacy through a broad range of activities, and financially supports a number of cultural institutions throughout India.
BDRC is partnered with ICCR President Lokesh Chandra to scan and make accessible his personal collection of Sanskrit materials.
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The Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) at Sarnath is one of a kind in the country. The university was established in 1967. The university was established in 1967 for the education of the young Tibetans and those from the Himalayan border regions of India, who have religion, culture, and language in common with Tibet. Originally called Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS), it began functioning as a constituent wing of the Sampurnananda Sanskrit University, and eventually emerged as an autonomous body in 1977 under the Department of Culture, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
BDRC is engaged in a scanning and digitization partnership with the Central University of Tibetan Studies focusing on collections located in India.