Objectives of the Institutes
The V.V.R.I. Society was formally registered in 1936 under the Societies Act XXI of 1860. It has since then been very actively and devotedly pursuing its following Aims and Objects :
- To carry on and encourage Researches, on entirely non-sectarian lines and on comparative basis and in strict accordance with the principle of scientific and historical investigation in the entire domain of Indological Studies relating to language, literature, history, philosophy and religion, arts, sciences and culture in general, and publish results thereof, in the form of books and periodicals for the benefit of the scholars as well a the general readers.
- To run Teaching and Training Classes connected with the aforesaid subjects of study and research.
- To collect, preserve, edit and publish rare and important works in manuscript or in print form, connected with the ancient, medieval and modern phases of Indian culture.
- To popularise and propagate Indian Cultural Ideals on Humanistic and Universal lines.
The work of the Institute was constantly gaining momentum and expanding in scope. But this progress was checked by the catastrophe which it met at the time of Partition of the country in 1947. It had to leave Lahore. The Pakistan Government, most unjustly, imposed a ban which forbade the removing, from Lahore, the Research Library, Manuscripts and Academic-cum-Administrative Records of the Institute. In the face of the said official ban and total absence of private transport facilities, it seemed impossible to remove from Lahore and, thus, save for India, the aforesaid most valuable and irreplaceable assets. At the same time, it was fully realized that in the absence of these priceless materials, it would be equally impossible to restart the work of the Institute anywhere else. This created a most difficult and baffling situation, indeed. But at this critical juncture when our said national property was in danger of being devoured by the wild forces of destruction generated by the partition, a veritable miracle was wrought. A few most devoted and courageous workers of the Institute willingly came forward and staked their all in their readiness to face the worst that might befall them in making an all-out, dare-devil effort to salvage the said library, manuscripts, and other records. In the midst of vandalic massacre that was being perpetrated all around, they succeeded, God knows how, in extracting piece by piece, the said materials weighing about 4,000 maunds, out of those veritable jaws of usurpation and destruction. Besides this grim but successfully won struggle, the Institute has, however to bow helplessly before the inevitable, in suffering a material loss of about Rs.15 lacs on account of its other properties, including its well-equipped Printing Press, which could not be saved and extricated from Lahore.
The regular work of the Institute was restarted from Monday, November 2, 1947, at Hoshiarpur in privately owned premises, popularly known as SADHU ASHRAM, as mentioned in the beginning. The owner of this Sadhu Ashram, Shri Dhani Ram Bhalla suddenly passed away, in 1950, without having been able to donate, formally, as he wanted to do, this property to the Institute. This pious deed was however subsequently done in 1956 by his dutiful wife and sons. And thus, the Institute’s, rehabilitation so soon after it was forced to ask shelter at a new place was, indeed, an indication of its lasting potentiality and, in a way, a fore-glimpse of its future many-sided development.
By the end of 1949, the Institute succeeded in setting up its new V.V.R.I. Press, at its premises. The publication of Brahma-Vidya by Swami Krishnanand, in March 1950 and of Siddha-Bharati (The Rosary of Indology) in August 1950, marked the auspicious commencement of the working of the Press. The former of these two works issued as the Volume 1 in the Sarvadanand Universal Series, represented the establishment of Swami Sarvadanand Cultural Literature Department, as a humble expression of the deep gratitude of the Institute to the late Swami Sarvadanand Ji, who had always been a source of inspiration and help to it. Necessary preparations for opening this Department at Lahore were completed by the middle of 1947, but for the aforesaid obvious reason, it was not to be then. The printing of the latter work containing 108 Research Papers, which had been contributed by eminent Indologists in honour of Dr. Siddheshwar Varma, had been almost completed at Lahore and the same was due to be ceremoniously published on November 3, 1947, this being the auspicious 60th birthday of Dr. Varma. The entire printing of this work had to be done, afresh, at Hoshiarpur, because the unbound forms, struck off at Lahore, were included in the books and manuscripts, altogether weighing about 20 maunds which, while in transit between Lahore and Amritsar, were snatched away by the Pakistani Police and later on, destroyed by them.
In 1957, the Panjab University established, at the Institute, its Department of Manuscript Transcription and Research, mainly with a view to transcribing manuscripts written in South Indian scripts into Devanagari script.s
Research and Guidance
The Institute has been recognised as Research Centre to guide the Research Scholars for obtaining Doctorate Degree in Sanskrit. The necessary guidance and help is also provided to Scholars independently engaged in Research in any field of Sanskrit and Indology.
Sanskrit and Hindi Teaching
On the educational side, the Institute had been running M.A., Acharya, Shastri and Prak-Shastri Classes in the Sanskrit, now handed over to the Panjab University. But it still continue to run Prabhakar Class in Hindi.
Present running expenditure of the V.V.R.I. is over Rs. 63 lacs per annum.