Welcome to AARSH Akshardham Center for Applied Research in Social Harmony

The Akshardham Center for Applied Research in Social Harmony

The Akshardham Center for Applied Research in Social Harmony (AARSH) is an academic institute that aims to bring about greater awareness to the study of Indian manuscripts, culture, language, theology, and philosophy. Located at the majestic Swaminarayan Akshardham in Gandhinagar, the center was founded in 1991 under the visionary guidance of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Since its opening, AARSH has become a home to a network of scholars, professionals, and community leaders who come together to collectively enhance their research and skillsets and gain new perspectives.

AARSH excels as a center for learning and innovative research. Providing access to exceptional resources, study and discussion spaces, and ample opportunities for creative expressions, the Institute serves as a comprehensive source for academic excellence. By grounding intellectual study and investigation in real-world applications, AARSH serves as a platform for scholars to discuss practical applications of philosophy and the sciences to increase social harmony and to find innovative solutions to communal problems.

AARSH’s commitment towards the integration of the academic excellence with societal progress inspires many of its unique activities. The AARSH Pravacanamālā is a recurring lecture series that serves as a forum for bringing together the greatest minds across disciplines and professional practices. The Institute's dedication to inclusive, multilateral, and meaningful discussion is furthered through its administrating and hosting of numerous national and international conferences. AARSH Pravacanamālā Conferences Manuscriptology &
Paleography
Specializing in manuscriptology and paleography, the Institute is also renowned for its collection, preservation, and study of classical works.

AARSH Pravacanamālā We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, communities and, ultimately, the world we live in. In support of our initiative to inspire innovators and distinguished community members to clearly convey ideas, offer their reflections, and discuss the practical consequences of these ideas, the Institute hosts the AARSH Pravacanamālā—a periodic lecture series that presents original research on topics related to art, culture, history, philosophy, language, and literature. keyboard_arrow_left keyboard_arrow_right AARSH Pravacanamālā The lecture series provides a platform for prominent academics, educators, researchers, philanthropists, environmentalists, scientists, technologists, artists and others to attend and present short lectures in their areas of research and expertise. keyboard_arrow_left keyboard_arrow_right AARSH Pravacanamālā Substantiating the Institute’s emphasis on the discussion of practical application of research, the lecture series inspires attendees to exchange relevant investigations and experiences. Such meaningful discussions introduce different perspectives and encourage much needed awareness and conversation. keyboard_arrow_left keyboard_arrow_right AARSH Pravacanamālā For this reason, the AARSH Pravacanamālā excels as a successful forum for bringing together brilliant, curious minds and groundbreaking content in an immersive and educational environment. keyboard_arrow_left keyboard_arrow_right

Classical literary works encapsulate all branches of human knowledge. Composed in traditional languages and scripts; on various materials, such as cloth, palm leaves, and parchment surfaces; with varied writing instruments that use different types of dyes; and in distinct handwritten styles; these works, in all their diversity, form an invaluable corpus of literature. Dedicated towards cataloging, preserving, and deciphering these works, the Institute serves as a leading center in the practice of analyzing, reading, and dating historical manuscripts. The Institute’s efforts to retain rare works also includes programs that republish and provide critical versions of these works. Its contemporary initiatives, including the digitalization of manuscripts and making them available for students and affiliated members, supplement its continued efforts to integrate modern technology and increase accessibility to rare works. Known for its outstanding work and innovative investigative methods, the Institute continues to be recognized as a leader in manuscriptology and paleography. Excellence in Manuscriptology and Paleography

Excellence in Manuscriptology and Paleography

Classical literary works encapsulate all branches of human knowledge. Composed in traditional languages and scripts; on various materials, such as cloth, palm leaves, and parchment surfaces; with varied writing instruments that use different types of dyes; and in distinct handwritten styles; these works, in all their diversity, form an invaluable corpus of literature.

Dedicated towards cataloging, preserving, and deciphering these works, the Institute serves as a leading center in the practice of analyzing, reading, and dating historical manuscripts.

Its contemporary initiatives, including the digitalization of manuscripts and making them available for students and affiliated members, supplement its continued efforts to integrate modern technology and increase accessibility to rare works.

The Institute’s efforts to retain rare works also include programs that republish and provide critical versions of these works.

Known for its outstanding work and innovative investigative methods, the Institute continues to be recognized as a leader in manuscriptology and paleography.

Conference Center

Testimonials By gathering experienced researchers from across the country, conferences provide an excellent forum for cross-disciplinary learning, insightful discussions, and idea generation. Recognizing the immense personal and academic benefits of conferences, AARSH continues to host numerous national and international conferences on a wide range of topics. The Institute’s focus on applied research in social harmony ensures that conference proceedings are not solely rooted in sound academic reflection, but also considerate of the practical, social, and communal implications of research. By administrating and hosting academically rigorous, discussions based, and inclusive conferences, AARSH leads by modeling an innovative and productive approach towards the expression of academic research.

Special Exhibitions, Rare Works Galleries, and Cultural Programs

Cherishing the rich heritage and diversity of thought, art, and culture, we at AARSH are committed to creating awareness and appreciation of all forms of expression. We strive to accomplish this through numerous initiatives, including the regular hosting and organization of special exhibitions, rare works galleries, and cultural programs.

Special Exhibitions Exhibitions play an important role in continued education by providing collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live. Our special exhibitions, public learning programs, and research activities are inseparably linked to serve a diverse public of varied ages, backgrounds, and knowledge. Through our permanent collections and special exhibitions, we at AARSH seek to combine the highest aesthetic standards with engaging and intellectually accessible presentations. Through a network of venues and an innovative use of new and emerging technologies alongside traditional forms of expression, our exhibits are principle avenues of cultural, historical, and scholarly learning. Rare Works Galleries Our rare works galleries are periodic displays of priceless collections of works of art, relics, manuscripts, and culturally or historically significant items. Our displays tell a story of how each item came to be, their associated historical, cultural, and sentimental narrative, and the insights they have to offer. Through our galleries, students and faculty from all disciplines can share their understanding of, learn about, and come to appreciate the magnificence and relevance of creative expression, history, and human values. Through our galleries initiative, we allow for new ideas, perspectives, and forms in art and culture to emerge and inspire through impactful visual literacy. Cultural Programs India is home to one of the world’s oldest, most fascinating, and diverse cultures. To create awareness and appreciation of its rich heritage and cultural diversity, AARSH regularly holds cultural programs for our members, students, and the wider community. These programs and activities not only help students and researchers connect at a personal level with their subject of study, but also assist in developing organizational, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills. Our cultural programs offer a welcoming forum for community engagement and the exploration and enjoyment of art, culture, and identity.
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