27 July, 2012

The Pandit: Traditional Scholarship in India

The Pandit: Traditional Scholarship in India
By- Axel Michaels (Eds.)

In January 1999, the distinguished scholar Pandit Dr. Parameswara Aithal retired from his position at Heidelberg University. To mark this occasion, Prof. Axel Michals organized a symposium on the institution of the Pandit and the future of traditional Sanskrit scholarship in India and the West. The present volume contains the learned papers of the conference which cover a wide range of topics, e.g. the pandit as a private scholar, university teacher, public intellectual or legal adviser, also traditional ways of Sanskrit teaching and learning, especially the methods of memorization and transfer of traditional knowledge, among other things. Life histories of some well-known pandits such as Krshnashastri Chiplunkar, Hazari Prasad Dvivedi, Goinath Kaviraj, V.S. Apte, and others are also provided.

Axel Michaels, studied Indology, Philosophy and Law in Munich, Hamburg and Varanasi. He was Director of the Nepal Research Centre (Kathmndu), Spalding (Oxford), and Professor for the History of Religions at the University of Berne. Since 1996 he is Professor of Classical Indology at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg.

ISBN  81-7304-435-X    2001   266p.   Rs.550/ pounds 55

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