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Indian Council for Cultural Relations

Led by the Buddhist scholar Lokesh Chandra, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) ICCR is an organization of the government of India supporting cultural exchange, dialogue, and India’s external cultural relations. Centered in New Delhi, the ICCR offers an online library comprised of culturally significant texts in a number of languages and formats. The organization was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

ICCR President Lokesh Chandra has published prolifically, producing notable volumes including Tibetan-Sanskrit Dictionary, A History of Tibetan Literature, and Dictionary of Buddhist Art. The Council commits itself to promoting and actualizing cultural diplomacy through a broad range of activities, and financially supports a number of cultural institutions throughout India.

BDRC is partnered with ICCR President Lokesh Chandra to scan and make accessible his personal collection of Sanskrit materials.