Karnatak University, Dharwad

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Kannada Research Institute


Kannada Research Institute

The Kannada Research Institute was established in 1939 by then Bombay Government and was amalgamated with Karnatak University in 1956. it was established to carry out regular research teaching and publication on various faces of history and culture of Kannada speaking people of the Bombay presidency. The KRI has a rich library very useful to carry out research in ancient and medieval history of Karnataka. KRI also has one of the oldest museums in Karnataka with a rich collections of arte-facts in archaeology, epigraphy, art, painting, etc. it is also involved in archaeological excavations. In 1964 P.G. Diploma in Epigraphy was introduced in the KRI. This was the first Diploma in Epigraphy to be started in India.


An awareness of tradition is the guiding principle of Man’s contemporary consciousness and his notions of the future. The wider the activity of exploring, collecting, interpreting, exhibiting and publishing and analyzing the primary source materials that creates this awareness, the greater is the possibility of each individual in society developing his personality and becoming aware of the traditional culture of his environment. In the light of the knowledge thus obtained, the individuals find ways and means of refining the life at the present and shape the future of the society and communities.

The roots of our history and culture are extensively found on the surface of earth as they lie at the depths of it. Their study, teaching and research should not be limited to making notes in the library and publishing. There has to be a systematic exploration of the inscriptions, Sculptures, temples, coins, manuscripts and other antiquities which constitute the roots of our history and culture. An interaction and dialogue with the people living at various levels, a collection of the details of local legends, traditional practices, beliefs, identification of important ancient settlements of people, analysis and publication of the life ways of people who have lived at various stages of the past are the need of the day. Special lectures, seminars, workshops where these issues are discussed and reviewed has to be a supplementary activity. This process has to be continued. This enables individual and society to develop a sense of awareness, attachment and pride about the tradition.

Courses Offered

=> Post Graduate Diploma in Epigraphy

Kannada Research Institute
Karnatak University,
Pavate Nagar, Dharwad - 580 003,
Karnataka State, INDIA.


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