Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art & Culture, Assam (ABILAC)

Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art & Culture, Assam (ABILAC) was established by the Govt. of Assam in 1989 as an autonomous Institute for working in the fields of Language, Art & culture. The Institute is recognized by both Dibrugarh University & Gauhati University as a Research Institute. The Headquarters of ABILAC is located at Rajaduar, North Guwahati facing the Brahmaputra. The Institute has four Departments namely-(1) Language & Linguistics, (2) Literature & Translation, (3) Folklore & Oral Traditions and (4) Culture, Art & Music and a Sanskrit Studies Cell.

The Institute has been working on a few major as well as minor Research Projects. It has taken keen interest in preparation of Dictionaries also. Pursuing its mission on working on the development of indigenous languages of Northeast India, the institute has taken up projects on producing dictionaries for some of the indigenous languages. Such an effort has resulted in the publishing of a  Mising-Assamese-English and a Rabha-Assamese-English Dictionary’. It has also been working on a Comprehensive Dictionary of the Assamese Language. It has recently taken up the work of preparation of three more Dictionaries namely- Bodo-Assamese-English Dictionary, Karbi-Assamese-English Dictionary & Dimasa-Assamese-English Dictionary.

The Institute has taken up work of writing history of Assamese-Literature in six volumes three of which have already been published. The Institute has till now published 45 books on various fields of its interest. One of the remarkable activity of the Institute is the Anunoram Borooah award given to a scholar of repute every year for the promotion and recognition of scholarship in the fields of Indological studies, literary and linguistic studies, Sanskrit studies and studies in art and culture. Established in the hallowed memory of the great scholar Anundoram Borooah, the Institute has been trying to establish high standard of scholarship in the region.

The Institute is recognised as a Research Institute by Dibrugarh University and Gauhati University for Ph. D. level research work. 

From Director's Desk

ABILAC has already passed a quarter of a century. I took up the reins of the institute from the 5th of January 2006.

From then onwards the Institute has never looked back. It has been recognised as a sister Institute of Gauhati University. It is also recognised by Dibrugarh University as a research Institute. The staff has increased and as a result of it output also has increased. It has been able to curve a niche in the academic circles both inland and abroad.

We have been striving to work for indigenous languages, art and culture of the people of Assam as well as the North East and at the same time draw the attention of the academia at large.

I hope the Institute will be able to fulfill its goals.

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Departments

In pursuance of its aims and objectives four departments have been established in order to undertake indepth study and research on various spheres of Language , Art and culture of Assam. Specific goals have been set for each of these departments which are being carried out in the form of projects, surveys and publications since the inception of the institute.

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Projects

In order to fulfil the ever increasing need of research and study of various aspects of language, art and culture forming the crux of the institute, ABILAC has been undertaking various projects at different point of time. Most of these projects are being conducted under relevant departments of the institute. Here is a brief overview of these projects.

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Publications