Prof. Achuta Rao Memorial History Conference on Ancient India held in Manipal

Manipal, 27th December, 2017: Prof. Achuta Rao Memorial History Conference was inaugurated at Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities on the 27th December by Dr. Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). The conference was held in honour of noted historian Prof. D S Achuta Rao, the professor from Mysore University, who unravelled the social and administrative history of Mysore through a study of contemporary materials available from the periods 1600 and 1800. The legacy of Professor Achuta Rao, who passed away at 47 in 1965, is resurrected through a series of events through 2017 under the aegis the DSA Memorial Endowment.

Prof. Raohad made a mark for himself through meticulous research which brought into thelimelight much of Mysore’s forgotten history.The year 2017 has seen foursignificant events for serious historians of India. The events, conducted inthis centennial year, have demonstrated a wide range of interests, and havebrought together many internationally renowned historians from Cambridge toJapan to South-East Asia.

Anexhibition on his Life and Works conceived by his granddaughter SurabhiPrasanna was opened by Dr. M.S. Valiathan, former Vice Chancellor of MAHE.Professor Upinder Singh, a noted Historian from Delhi University delivered theKeynote Address titled ‘Ancient India-Looking Beyond India into Asia’

The finaleventof the three part series involved a re-imagination of ancient India asbeing part of a larger civilizational continuum that includes several ancientcivilizations of AsiaSpeaking on the occasion Dr. Upinder Singh said‘Understanding the travel of texts and political Ideas from India into Asia inthe ancient times can enrich our understanding of this millennium. We need toreconstruct the movement of ideas in the ancient world’

Renownedscholars and historians also presented papers on megaliths and later monuments,Mushikavamsa of Atula and historical sense of Ancient Indians, early Chalukyalandscapes etc.

Dr. NikhilGovind Head of MCPH said, ‘Holding this history conference at Manipal hasenhanced the reputation of MAHE in liberal arts, helping us to attract thoughtleaders in Humanities to come to Manipal to teach History.’

Speaking onthe occasion,Mr. D A Prasanna Convener of Prof. Achuta Rao Centenary Programmesaid ‘The three conferences in the centenary year brought 35 leading historyscholars who stimulated new thought in modern, medieval and ancient Indianhistory. These reflect research values Achuta Rao stood for’

About ProfessorD. S. Achuta Rao

Prof D SAchuta Rao (1917-1965) had his education in Mysore University and was an MA inHistory. He devoted 25 years of his career teaching History at the First Gradecolleges in Bangalore, Tumkur, and Mysore and taught graduate students at theMaharaja's College and Manasagangotri in Mysore University. He was a keenresearcher and published a number of papers on Mysore history during the period1500-1800CE.

He closelyfollowed Indian National Movement, struggles of Sukarno, Ho Chi Min and Asianliberation movements. He travelled widely and was a passionate teacher ofrecent Asian History. He was a pioneer in the study of administrativedocuments, scripts, and letters to research post medieval social andadministrative history of Mysore.

DSA was anexceptional lecturer and was very popular among his students. He was anaffectionate, disciplined, and systematic teacher and a father.

AboutManipal Center of Philosophy and Humanities, MAHE

ManipalCentre for Philosophy and Humanities (MCPH) is a leading research and teachinginstitute and a constituent College of MAHE,based in Manipal, Karnataka. Itoffers an undergraduate program in the Humanities and postgraduate and doctoraldegrees in English, Philosophy and Sociology. As one of the most excitingacademic experiments in higher education in India, MCPH fosters a culture ofinnovative and reflexive pedagogy, intellectual freedom, student initiatives,and new directions in scholarship. Students come to MCPH from universitiesabroad and many of India’s premier undergraduate colleges. MCPH is deeplycommitted to encouraging critical and creative thinking across a wide varietyof disciplines. One of its core aims is to foster original writing from Indiain the fields of humanities and social sciences.

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