Plot No. 56, Employees
Kottur AK. Nagar SO
Nellore - 524 004
Department of Ancient Indian History and Epigraphy
Karnataka University, Dharwad
Director Epigraphy (Retd.) Archaeological Survey of India
Professor of Marine
Sri Jai Prakash, Dr. S. K. Acharya, Dr. (Mrs.) A.K. Ranade, Dr. (Smt.) Swapna Samel, Dr. Deepak Suryavamshi, Dr. Meka V. Raghavendra Varma, Dr. S. Rajavelu, Dr. C. Santhalingam, Dr. Priya Thakur, Dr. S. Nagarajappa and Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade
Individual : Life - Rs. 3000 ; Annual - Rs. 300
Institutional : Life - Rs. 6000 ; Annual - Rs. 600
Student : Rs 1000 (for a period of five years)
Historical, cultural and linguistic studies cannot be said to be complete without the application of the results of place-name studies. A place-name is an expression of the intellectual genius and cultural tendencies of a people. It is unfortunate that an important subject like this, which provides source materials for many a branch of knowledge, has been very much neglected in India, whereas splendid work is being done in the West from the beginning of the last century.
Place-name societies in the West and elsewhere have been a source of inspiration to research workers in the field and have been encouraging the publication of vast material on place and personal names. The formation of such an organisation has been a long-felt need and scholar-friends from all over India. The Place Names Society of India, with its headquarters at Mysore was started in 1977 with the willing and hearty co-operation of scholars from all over India.
The main aims and objects of the society are: (a) to conduct and promote research on place and personal names; (b) to bring together all those who are interested in the study of place-names and personal names in a scientific way; (c) to publish books and monographs covering all aspects of place-names and personal names; (d) to bring out under its auspices the Journal of The Place Names Society Of India ; (e) to arrange for the Indian Place Names Conference; and (F) to introduce fellow- ships.
The achievement of these objectives depends upon the co- operation of the scholars in the field and assistance from State and Central Governments.
It is gratifying to note that the first All India Conference of the Place Names Society of India is being held under the auspices of the Rashtrakavi Goinda Pai Research Centre at Udupi which is a centre of high academic attainments and religious activities. It was the ardent desire of the founders that the first conference should be held at this place, the abode of Sri Krishņa. But for the academic fervour and generosity of friends like Sri Veerendra Hegde, Sri T. Ramesh Pai, Prof. K.S. Haridasa Bhat and Prof. K. Ramadas, our desire would not have materialised. It is hoped that as the years role on, the Society will take deep roots and justify its existence through academic achievements.
The office-bearers and members of the Executive Committee of the Society, viz. Dr. G. S. Gai, Dr. K.V. Ramesh, Mr. B. N. Chandraiah, Mr. M. Jayarama Sharma, Mr. M. C. Vasantha Kumar and Dr. C. R. Srinivasan have spared no pains in giving shape and stability, to the society. The first editor and secretary of this society are Mr. Madhav N. Katti and Dr. S. S. Ramachandra Murthy, respectively
So far the Society has successful organized 39 Annual Congresses in collaboration with various research organizations, institutions and universities, without any gap across the country and published 39 Journals of Studies in Indian Epigraphy.