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Asiatic Society of Mumbai

Topics Covered:

  1. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.


Asiatic Society of Mumbai


What to study?

For Prelims and mains: About the Society, it’s functions and objectives.


Context: Asiatic Society of Mumbai has elected the first woman president in the 215 years of its existence.

Prof Vispi Balaporia will now head the institution.


About Asiatic Society, Mumbai:

  • It is a learned society whose activities include conducting historical research, awarding historians, and running an institute of post-graduate studies.
  • Its library, home to over 1 lakh books, consists of rare manuscripts contributed to it by the East India Company, as well as generous donations.
  • The Society offers Junior Fellowships for research and recommends scholars for the Tagore National Fellowship of the Ministry of Culture.
  • The Governor of Maharashtra is the Society’s Chief Patron.


It’s evolution:

  1. It began journey in 1804 as the Literary Society of Bombay.
  2. Founded by Sir James Mackintosh, a Scottish colonial administrator who had a keen interest in Oriental studies.
  3. In 1826, it became the Mumbai arm of the London-based Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland and came to be called the Bombay Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (BBRAS).
  4. In 1954, the institution was severed from its London parent and became the Asiatic Society of Bombay. In 2002, it acquired its present name.


Sources: Indian Express.