Social Organisation

Publication Board, Assam (Asom Prakashan Parishad)

The Publication Board, Assam was set up as an autonomous organization in 1958 at Shillong and is functioning since 1959 with its headquarters at Guwahati. Its jurisdiction extends all over the State. The aim of the Board is to sponsor, encourage and assist in writing, editing, compiling, translating and publishing important books in the languages of Assam and English and do such other works as may be found necessary from time to time. In pursuance of there aims and object the Board has, since its inception, undertaken various schemes. The Board has till now published more than seven hundred valuable books.

The Publication Board, Assam, celebrated its Silver Jubliee in 1984, and a national level Book Fair was organized at Guwahati to mark the occasion. Now this Book Fair was organized at Guwahati to mark the occasion. Now this Book Fair has turned to be an annual event at Guwahati and 24th Book Fair was held in 3-13 April, 2010 last.
Besides publishing books, the Board has also instituted a scheme of conferring an annual literary award to an author every year for the best Assamese book. The award was instituted in 1973.

Assam Science Society (Asom Bigyan Samiti)

It was established on 13 February, 1953 at the Cotton College, Guwahati Bigyan Samiti, which was changed to Assam Bigyan Samiti in 1956.
Its main aims are to popularize science and science education among the common people, by way of seminars, workshops and exhibitions, the publicity and development of science in practical level, etc. It has published a few books on science and scientific language, magazines like Bigyan Jeuti, encyclopaedias etc. The 'Journal of Assam Science Society' has got recognition in the international level.

Anundoram Barooah Institute of Language, Art & Culture, Assam (ABILAC, Anundoram Barooah Bhasha Kola Sanskriti Sangstha)

This important institution for the development of local, indigenous language-culture-art-literature and also for the development, expansion and research of the Sanskrit language was established in 1990 at the instigation of the government. There are five division of this pioneer institution to realise its various objectives. They are : a) Language and linguistics, b)Literature and translation, c) Folk-culture and folk traditions, d)Art-culture and music division and e) Sanskrit studies.

It has already published many valuable books, among them many are translations and reprints. Some other important books are 'A Handbook of Folklore Material of North-East India', 'Festivals of Assam', 'History of the Assamese Literature' (2nd and 6th volumes in Assamese) etc. It is also preparing a compilation of a comprehensive dictionary in Assamese. It's yearly magazine 'ANUNDAM' is a publication of high Standard. It's head office is at Rajaduar in North Guwahati.

Mising Agom Kebang, Karbi Sahitya Sabha, Asom Lekhika Sanstha, Asom Lekhika Somaroh are othe similar organizations concerned with development of language and literature.

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