Functions and Projections
The M. H. Krishna Institute was set up specially for the cause of generation and dissemination of knowledge in the field of Indology. The Institute desires to accomplish this, by emerging itself within a few years as a centre of excellence conducting high level research and advanced teaching. It is planning to start a Master’s Degree course in Indology and enroll students for M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees. Other activities include organizing short term courses on Indological themes and helping distance learning by preparing material for the electronic media, undertaking research projects, sponsoring lectures, seminars and workshops and bringing out scholarly and popular monographs. Though these are normal functions of an academic organization, the M. H. Krishna Institute of Indology wants to conduct these with some difference. The first is its stress on maintaining quality and excellence. The second is to come out of the colonial concept of Indology and expand its scope from its usually understood content of Sanskritic studies, ancient Indian religion, philosophy, art, literature and culture.Indology here would now mean a holistic study of Indian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day. This would include, besides the traditional subjects, dimensions of anthropology, society, economy and politics, law and legal institutions, science and technology, health and hygiene, regional cultures, trans-regional and trans-national contacts, as well as comparative studies with other civilizations. The objective is to develop a better understanding of the dynamics and significance of the-Indian civilization as it happens to be one of the few enduring experiments in the long civilization process of mankind.