x, 265p., Index, 25 cm. (South Asian Studies No. XXXVIII)
CONTENTS:- Foreword by Hermann Berger; Preface; Introduction; Roles and Functions; Traditions and Biographies; Transmission and Scholarship; Contributors; Publications by Pandit Dr. Parameswara Aithal;
In January 1999, the distinguisehd scholar Pandit Dr. Parameswara Aithal retired from his position at Heidelberg University. To mark this occasion, Prof. Axel Michaels organized a symposium on the institution of the Pandit and the future of traditional Sanskrit scholarship in India and the West. Pt. Aithal, an internationally esteemed expert in Dharmashastra and manuscriptology, was born in Kota (Karnataka). He received his early Sanskrit education in the traditional method at home and became a staff member of the Adyar Library and Research Centre, Chennai, in 1962. in 1968, he joined the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University, as a Sanskrit lecturer where he stayed for about thirty years.