Jadavpur University Press and The School of Cultural Texts and Records in the university has been prolific in the field of research work, digitizing, archiving and publishing of rare books since its time of inception. In recent years there contribution in this field has far surpassed the works done by them earlier. With the recent launch of the new website Granth South Asia (http://granthsouthasia.in/) and the launch of Astrcharcha: Pulin Behari Das Rachanasamagra, both the wings have done a commendable job.
Granth South Asia is supported and funded by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai, between the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University and the British Library, UK. It is introduced as an attempt to present some of the resources of the School of Cultural Texts and Records to a wider audience also lending support to small stakeholders, both public and private, and assist them in their digitization initiatives. The project has allowed us to undertake surveys and extend support to the digitizing and conservation of critically endangered records.
On 24th August, Astrcharcha: Pulin Behari Das Rachanasamagra was launched in Jadavpur University which was an initiative taken by the JU Press. It is an indispensable source-book for those interested in the history of stick-fighting and armed martial training in Bengal. The Press also makes an attempt to publish and translate certain rare books that have not seen enough circulation over the years. Both these wings in Jadavpur University have brought fame and recognition to the prestigious institute making it one of the centers of excellence in the country.