Hon’ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee will confer the 52nd Jnanpith Award to eminent Bengali poet Shri Sankha Ghosh on 27th April 2017 in New Delhi

Bharatiya Jnanpith

On the occasion of the 12th All India Oriental Conference held at Varanasi in December 1943, a few leading Indologists approached Sahu Shanti Prasad Jain for setting up of an organisation to undertake systematic research and publication of Sanskrit, Prakrit, Pali and Apabhramsha texts. In response to this, Sahuji, true to his deep love for learning and cultural heritage, took the decision to found the Bharatiya Jnanpith. On 18th February, 1944 the formal registration of the organisation took place in the form of a Deed of Declaration, laying down its objectives as follows: to conduct research and publication of the extinct, rare and unpublished works of knowledge and to encourage the creation of original literature in the service of the people.