On the 238th foundation day of the Asiatic Society on Friday, its 20-member Council comprising seniors — all above 70 years — are re-starting work on campus after a 10-month gap. All Covid precautions in place, seniors happily consented to getting back to the physical mode and said that despite the technological support, crucial research work was getting affected and hence the plunge.
The foundation day celebrations will be the first on-campus event of the Society post the pandemic. Till now, all seminars and book releases were happening in the virtual mode. All books and journals were also being made digitally. However, to mark the re-start, a tome on Saraswati river (edited by Amal Kar, former head of the Division of Natural Resources and Environment, Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur) has been published and will be released on Friday. “Experts in geological sciences have used satellite images and other geophysical details to trace the river and whether it is really lost as has been imprinted in our minds,” said publications secretary and historian Ramkrishna Chatterjee.
“We will meet at the tomb of our founder, William Jones, make a floral offering and then reach our campus where the functions will be held,” said general secretary of the Society, Satyabrata Chakraborty, who is 79-year-old and is leading from the front. He will be accompanied by Swapan Pramanick, retired vice-chancellor of Vidyasagar University, who has just been elected the president of the Society.