K K Birla fellowship in literature for 2007-08 announced

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (UNI) Dr Prabhakar Shrotiya, former Bharatiya Jnanpeeth Director, has been selected for the K K Birla Foundation Fellowship in Comparative Indian Literature for 2007-08, it was announced here today.

He would take up the study of ''Mahabharata: The Source Spring of Composition With Reference to Indian Literature.'' The duration of the fellowship is one year and carries a tax free stipend of Rs 14,000 per mensem with a contingency grant of Rs 40,000 for the period.

The fellowship was being warded for developing higher studies in Comparative Indian Literature, the K K Birla Foundation said in a press release here.

''The object of the fellowship is to provide opportunity to eminent scholars, teachers and writers to undertake indepth study of serious subjects in Comparative Indian Literature, a new and growing academic discipline,'' it said.

An independent board, comprising eminent scholars headed by retired professor of Comparative Literature Pune, Dr Chandrakant Bandivadekar, selected Dr Shrotiya.

The other members of the selection board were Prof Krishna Dutt Paliwal, Department of Hindi, Delhi University, Prof S S Noor, Head of the Department of Punjabi (retired), Delhi University and Dr Lakshmi Kannan, Tamil and English writer.

So far, 23 fellows have completed their studies.

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