|Annual Report 2015 - 2016|
Corpus Research Institute had an unhappy beginning of the year as the State Govt. grants were kept in abeyance for two consecutive years 2014 -2015 and 2015-2016. Even the ICHR support for the English journal CLIO was also not released for the same two years. In such a predicament, the Institute precariously survived by seeking donations from senior executive committee members and personal loan given by the director. All the scheduled events were however carried out from this captive fund, stray membership and book purchases. There is an outstanding loan of Rs. 50,000 to be paid shortly. However, all the big events were organized as per schedule.
• The Junior Research Scholar Seminar was held in June, 2015 on the theme ‘Nationalism’ and more than 30 papers were presented by the scholars from different colleges. Out of which a selection has been made and will be published shortly.
• The Foundation Day was duly held on 8th August. Prof. Deboprasad Chaudhury, Former Professor of History, Jadavpur University, gave the B. N. Palit on ‘Philosophy of History’.
• Annual Dinner Lecture was held as usual on Christmas Eve. Prof. Gautam Chandra Ray gave the Puspalata Memmorial Lecture on the topic “Children in Bengali Literature.”
• There were almost a Christmas and New Year Party where members sang and recited poems in joyous abundance. It was followed by a sumptuous feast.
The Annual Conference in March 2016, on the theme ‘Tribal History of India with special reference to North-East India. It was a tremendous success. At least 10 papers were devoted to North-East India. Including papers on Queen Gai-din-liu of Manipur, Maniram Diwan of Manipur, Gayatri Devi of Joypur and Coochbihar. Two very special papers were presented on INA in Nagaland and American Baptist Missionary in Mizoram by Major General Prabir Chakravarty and Geraldine Forbes. Suchi Brata Sen gave the Keynote Address on ‘The Question of Tribalization’ which was not deeply studied till now.
Though the Institute is running on loan, the Higher Education Department, Govt. of WB has promised to clear all our dues after the election. Even the ICHR has promised to give funds for our English journal CLIO and invited application for seminar grant. A project on Tribal History is pending before the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India.
Let us end this Annual Report with a hope that 2016-17 will be brighter and greater in every respect.