The Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara, houses a remarkable institution, the Oriental Institute.

Founded in 1927, for nearly a century now this Institute has been collecting rare and important manuscripts and publishing translations of classics. , starting with the Kavyamimamsa of Rajasekhara, Edited by C D Dalal and R A Sastry in 1916, to the Krtyakalpataru- Santikanda edited by M. L. Wadekar published a few years ago. In addition, they bring out the M S University Oriental Series (now up to volume 22), the Journal of the Oriental Institute and numerous other publications- including a critical edition of the Valmiki-Ramayana (1992). In all, more than 185 works have been published in the world renowned Gaekwad's Oriental Series...

Of the over 28,000 manuscripts they hold (in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Gujarati, Marathi, Persian) the vast majority are in paper, with some in palm-leaf, one in birch bark and some in metal. The oldest goes back to the 14th century, and any interested scholar can write to them for a photocopy of any of the manuscripts they hold. Three volumes of the catalogue of manuscripts of the Institute have been published and a fourth volume is in progress. The Director, M L Wadekar and S Y Wakankar, the Deputy Director, are scholars of repute and prolific at that.

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