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C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research (CPRIIR)

(affiliated to the University of Madras for the Ph.D. degree in History and Environmental Studies)

E-mail : cpriir@gmail.com


C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research (CPRIIR) was established in 1981 by  the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation. The Institute promotes the study of Indian history, culture, religion, philosophy and the environment. Besides being a centre for research, the Institute also organises conferences, symposia, seminars, lectures and courses every year.

The Institute was set up to research the rich heritage of India, to establish the historicity of Indian literature and to bring together academicians and intellectuals in a spirit of harmonious enquiry. Research into known and lesser-known aspects of Indian religions and culture, Sanskrit and Tamil literature, Indian ethno-archaeology, Hindu deities, art and artifacts and environmental history are the major focus.

The Foundation is recognized as a Research Centre for conducting research leading to the Ph.D Degree in History and Environmental Studies by the University of Madras.

“Culture involves a vivid awareness of the meaning of life, a conspectus of the world's problems in the proper order and relative importance and the deliberate choice of things that are really worthwhile." - Dr. C.P.Ramaswami Aiyar


Dr. Nanditha Krishna
(Member, Indian Council for Historical Research)
Dr. G.J. Sudhakar
Head, Historical Studies
Dr. T. Sundaramurthy Associate Professor
Dr. P. Sudhakar Assistant Professor
Dr. Sandhiyalakshmi Assistant Professor
Dr. G. Balaji Assistant Professor




The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation has excellent reference library facilities, with over 20,000 books and manuscripts on various areas of Indian philosophy and religion, art and culture, literature, history, sociology and economics, environment and the humanities, from all over the world. The library contains Sanskrit and Tamil books; rare and old books on Indian religion, art, literature and culture; and modern publications. The library is regularly updated with new books on Indian religion, art, history and the environment.


The Institute is a partner of the Government of India’s National Manuscripts Mission. There are about 5000 paper manuscripts (Sanskrit) and 1500 palm leaf manuscripts.


Rare photographs and negatives of historical events, national leaders, monuments, and places of cultural importance are available in the Library.



The Institute has a conservation room with de-acidification and fumigation chambers. Chiffon binding of paper and citronella application on palmleaf manuscripts are carried out regularly.

CPRIIR also conducts regular courses on conservation of books, paper and palmleaf manuscripts, especially for librarians of schools, colleges and other institutions.


C.P.R. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE (CPREEC), is a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of India, and the The C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation. CPRIIR collaborates with CPREEC to study the Ecological Traditions and Environmental History of India.

NATIONAL MISSION FOR MANUSCRIPTS, GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, is for the documentation and maintenance of manuscripts.

OXFORD CENTRE FOR HINDU STUDIES (OCHS), is a recognized independent centre of Oxford University, established for the study of Hindu religion, culture, society, philosophies, and languages, in all periods and in all parts of the world and dedicated to preserving and promoting India’s cultural heritage through education, publishing, and research. CPRIIR and OCHS have entered into an MOU to cooperate in their efforts to enhance the field of Hindu studies by promoting academic interchange between the two institutes and exchange between the faculty and students.




LECTURES 2015-2016

NOVEMBER. 28, 10.30 am Dr. Kirti Narayan speaks on “Women in the Revolt of 1857”
DECEMBER. 12, 10.30 am Dr. Heather Parker speaks on “Angahara in the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni”
DECEMBER. 19, 10.30 am

Dr. Liesbeth Pankaja speaks on “Jacob Haafner’s Travels in India”

DECEMBER. 26, 10.30 am

Mr. Aravinth Kumarasami’s programme "Alapadma - The Lotus Unfolds"

FEBRUARY. 13, 10.30 am

Lecture by Benoy Behl on ‘Hindu Deities in Japan’


The Institute conducts a course annually in one or more of these topics :


CPRIIR has developed curricula and written the text books for standards 5 to 10 for students on Indian history and culture.



The Journal of Indian History and Culture is an annual refereed publication with ISSN registration, which encompasses all areas of historical research. The Journal provides an integrated forum for the presentation of original research papers and thought-provoking reviews to generate innovative ideas in historical research. The Journal focuses on new directions in

On C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar

Books authored by C.P.

Dr. C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar was a scholar in English, Tamil, Sanskrit and French. He published many books, and booklets on politics, economics, Indian culture, philosophy, religion, etc.

Religion & Philosophy

 History, Art, Architecture & Archaeology

Folk / Tribal Culture

Performing Arts

Assisted Publications

Environmental Studies

 Ecological Heritage of India series (published by C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre)