A platform of Bengal Studies professionals for undertaking initiatives for the continuity of interaction between Bengal Studies scholars through organizing International Congress of Bengal Studies at regular interval and through other projects.
International Society of Bengal Studies was formed during the 1st International Congress of Bengal Studies held in Delhi. On the concluding day of the Congress, 28th February, 2010, Nilratan Sen Plenary was held for the formation of a professional body for Bengal Studies. After detail deliberation, scholars agreed on the need of forming a platform of Bengal Studies professionals for undertaking initiatives for the continuity of interaction between Bengal Studies scholars through organizing International Congress of Bengal Studies at regular interval and through other projects. The first Executive Council of the Society was formed in the same meeting with individual office bearers. Prof. Tsuyoshi Nara, Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan, was nominated as the President of the Society and Dr. Amitava Chakraborty, University of Delhi, was nominated as the General Secretary of the Society. General Body meeting of the Society is held bi-annually during the International Congress of Bengal Studies. The Society has two country chapters, the Bangladesh Chapter and the India Chapter. The Society publishes a double-blind peer-reviewed journal, Bangabidya: International Journal of Bengal Studies with an editorial team consisting of scholars from various continents.
Bengal Studies has a vibrant existence with scholars from different academic disciplines engaged in teaching, research and publishing in various areas of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. They are working from various centres situated in Bangladesh, India, and, other countries. As the discipline evolves, there is a need of professional platform for regular interaction between these scholars, a mechanism for disseminating information about the activities of different centres of teaching and research, and referred journals to publish the best research.
The idea of forming a common platform for scholars of Bengal Studies took shape through multi-phased interaction between scholars of Bengali Language, Literature and Culture. It was initiated during a seminar on Buddhadeb Basu in Assam University, Silchar. Some of the participants of that seminar met on 13th November, 2008, to give a formal shape to the idea of holding Antarjatik Banglabidya Sammelan on regular basis. This was followed by another meeting of leading scholars of Bengali and other disciplines from various Universities of Bangladesh held on 17th June, 2009, at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.