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As of today, some 69 Indian Universities have agreed to post their M.Phil and Ph.D. theses online in a digital repository called Shodganga. This number is expected to grow.
The Hindi Urdu Flagship program recently released Language for Health (http://www.hindiurduhealth.org), an open educational resource for the
teaching of intermediate-advanced Hindi and Urdu language and culture.
Featuring over 100 original high quality videos produced in India
specifically for this project, the website combines moving images,
vocabulary lists, and interactive self-correcting quizzes centered around
the experience of the diverse health care system. In India, age-old
practices of Ayurvedic and Unani medicine are often available side-by-side
with the Conventional systems of modern science. This unique relationship
between patient, doctor, and translator creates a terrific opportunity for
advanced and superior level Hindi and Urdu learners to be challenged and
understand the complexities of these two world cultures.
The creators of Language for Health envision the site being used for
courses as well as by health care providers or Non Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) who wish to provide specialized medical, cultural,
and/or language training for the employees and communities.
The website is funded by a grant from The Language Flagship, a national
initiative for Americans to learn languages from kindergarten through
college and graduate school, as well as Liberal Arts Instructional
Technology Services and UT's FAST Tex program.
The site is free for the public top view and use at:
Delhi has served as a cultural center of North India for more than a
millennium in different incarnations. This exhibition focuses on the 18th
century to the mid-19th century, the crucial period when Delhi moved from
being the heart of the late Mughal Empire to becoming the jewel in the
crown of the British Raj.
The exhibition examines Mughal artistic culture in the 18th and 19th
centuries to highlight the interwoven nature of Mughal, European and
regional patronage networks within which Delhi artists operated.
Approximately 100 objects include works by Delhi-based court artists Nidha
Mal and Chitarman, and less familiar works by artists such as Ghulam
Murtaza Khan, Ghulam Ali Khan and Mazhar Ali Khan. In addition to Mughal
miniatures produced under later emperors -- Muhammad Shah (reigned
1719-1748) up to Bahadur Shah "Zafar" (reigned 1837-1858) -- this
exhibition highlights a selection of Company School paintings produced for
Delhi-based personalities such as William Fraser, James Skinner and Thomas
Metcalfe. Select photography, drawings and decorative arts are also
William Dalrymple and Yuthika Sharma are guest curators of the exhibition.
The Ashmolean Museam, Oxford University, has mounted an exhibition entitled, Visions of Mughal India: The Collection of Howard Hodgkin. There is a companion online exhibit to provide a taste of the exhibition on display. It enables visitors to view high-quality, zoomable images as well as browse and search all objects in the exhibition.
This exhibition of Indian paintings will show the collection of the artist Howard Hodgkin in its entirety for the first time. The collection comprises the main types of court painting that flourished during the Mughal period (c.1550-1850), including the refined naturalistic works of the imperial court, the subtle paintings of the Deccani Sultanates, and the bold, vibrant styles of the Rajput kingdoms. Hodgkin has been a passionate collector of Indian paintings since his schooldays, and has made a personal collection, formed by an artist's eye, which has long been considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. Exhibit homepage
The Library of Congress has just released a web archive on the 2009 Indian General Elections.
This collection is a selected set of 57 web sites documenting the 2009 Indian General Elections. As the world's most populated democratic nation with the largest number of eligible voters, India's political landscape encompasses an electorate comprised of 44 major linguistic groups and over 61 officially recognized political parties at the national and state level.
To constitute the 15th Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament), general elections in India were held in five phases between April 16 and May 13, 2009. As the election campaign progressed, indicators pointed to an erosion of the power of national political parties and a strengthening of regional political parties. Ultimately, however, the final results of the election showed national political parties receiving the majority of votes and corresponding seats in Parliament.
The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is a volunteer-run
not-for-profit organization that documents, preserves and provides
access to the history of the South Asian American community through a
digital archive, available online at http://www.saadigitalarchive.org
The digital archive now includes over 225 unique items. Some
highlights from the last few months:
• A letter from A.W. Mangum to his mother describing the Bellingham Riot
• Issues of "The Hindusthanee Student" from 1916-1918
• Ghadar Party collection, including issues of "The United States of India"
Abir Bazaz, Doctoral Student in Asian Languages and Literatures, has just published Kunear, an introductory website on Kashmiri literature. The website includes a Kashmiri script tutor intended to teach those who know the Nastaliq (Persian, Urdu) script the additional diacritical marks and characters they would need to know to learn the Kashmiri script. Visit Kunear!
The Libraries have produced a curated collection of links to quality image collections. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.
For South Asia image collections click here!
If you are interested in South Asian Popular Visual culture, check out Tasveer Ghar. The site houses a growing number of image essays on a variety of topics.
The Helmand Valley is the site of current US military operations, but it has been on the map of US analysts for some time. Richard Scott, a retired USAID analyst, has produced an interesting website on Helmand from his archives. The site contains many primary documents of interest dating back to the 1950s. These documents can help to produce a more rich and complex understanding of the region, people, and economy of Helmand, and their location with respect to US interests.
Click here to access Scott's Helmand Valley Archives homepage.
There is an explosion of new resources being offered online. A notable resource from Germany is SavifaDok, the Open Access document server of Savifa - the Virtual Library South Asia, is an electronic platform for publishing and archiving academic literature in the field of South Asian studies. You can find a variety full text materials historical books and journals. Noteworthy are the 19th an early 20th century journals in a few of the Indian vernaculars.
If you are interested in Dalits, Caste, or Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, this online exhibit is worth a look:
Caste, Ambedkar, and Contemporary India (works best in Firefox)
Bindu Bhatt, Librarian for South Asia at Columbia University created this exhibit to complement the conference, "Caste and Contemporary India," which took place on October 16th and 17th, 2009, at Columbia University in honor of alumnus Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
Hathi Trust is the new scholarly elephant on the web. Billing itself as "a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries," Hathi Trust already holds a large digital collection of books and journals from and about South Asia. All of these materials can be searched and many of them are available in full text.
The Hathi Trust Digital Library Catalog Search is available at http://catalog.hathitrust.org/.
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