OTHER EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
ABILAC in UNICODE campaign
ABILAC has been actively contributing to the effort of confirming a separate slot for the Assamese script in UNICODE. Dr. Dilip kumar Kalita, Director, ABILAC on behalf of the institute has contributed to this effort in various forms as mentioned below.
Publication of Trilingual dictionary
ABILAC publishes a much needed trilingual dictionary with Rabha as the source language and Assamese and English respectively as the target languages which has been edited by Dr. Upen Rabha Hakacham, Prof. of Assamese, Gauhati University. This dictionary is the result of the strenuous scholarly effort of the research assistants, Rabha Sahitya Sabha, the editor and the staff of ABILAC. This dictionary contains a valuable introduction to the Rabha language and grammar. An explanation to the principles exercised in the compilation of the dictionary makes this dictionary user-friendly.
Documentary film on Anundoram Borooah
ABILAC in collaboration with Assam Socio literary Club, National Library, India has produced and presented a documentary film titled Anundoram Barua: A Forerunner of Modern Assam. This valuable documentary has been screened at the auditorium of National Library, Kolkata on the 21st January, 2015.
A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Assam
A Catalogue of Manuscripts in Assam published by ABILAC and compiled and edited by Dr. Malini Goswami , Professor, Dept of Assamese, Gauhati University has been included in the national manuscript mission named as New Catalogus Catalogorum.
Anundoram Borooah Gold Medal
ABILAC plays an instrumental role in the resumption of the Anundoram Borooah Gold Medal which was being conferred to the author of the best research paper on Sanskrit studies under Calcutta University. This award was initiated by the Assam Students Union in Calcutta University in 1918. The Union donated a sum of Rs 1100 to the University authority for instituting and conferring this prestigious award in the name of the great Sanskritist. But due to financial crunch, the university suspended this award from the year 2000 which was very unfortunate. Coming to know about that, ABILAC with support from the Government of Assam and other well wishers in Kolkata contacted the concerned authorities in the Calcutta University and formally requested for resumption of the gold medal. Following a number of discussions among various stakeholders of this award, ABILAC has been successful in providing a sum of Rs. 3 Lakhs from the grant of Government of Assam to the concerned authorities of Calcutta University so that the award can be resumed. On receiving the fund, the University has agreed to confer the award again from the next convocation.
Reinstallation of a valuable marble plaque in the name of the great pandit Anundoram Borooah
ABILAC played an important role in the reinstallation of a valuable marble plaque in the name of the great pandit Anundoram Borooah which was installed in the house of Sir Tarak Nath Palit 35, Balleygunge Circular Road, Kolkata-19 in 1889 by his fans after his sudden demise. But unfortunately this historical house was demolished in 1964 by the authority of Calcutta University for building new classrooms. Along with the house that valuable plaque was also taken down and was left with no trace for almost next 75 years. Fortunately this plaque was discovered by late Ishan Barua, which was laying unattended in the godown of the auditorium of the University in 2005. Hereafter the director of ABILAC supported by a number of other scholars and noted personalities of the Assam and Kolkata pursued this matter officially with the concerned authority in Calcutta University which finally resulted in the reinstallation of this historical plaque in the lawn of the international guest house in the Science campus of the University on 8th November, 2009.