Professor Pabitra Sarkar, Academic President,
4th International Congress of Bengal Studies
Pabitra Sarkar (1937) a renowned linguist, has taught in Jadavpur University and University of Minnesota. He also served as the Vice Chancellor of Rabindrabharati University, and as the Vice-Chairman, West Bengal State Council for Higher Education. He was a Fulbright Scholar, completing M.A. and Ph. D. in linguistics at the University of Chicago (1975). He was President of Bangiya Sahitya Parishad, Natya Shodh Sansthan, Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad, and the Indian Advisory Board, American Institute of Indian Studies. He was the Project Director, Dictionary Project, Asiatic Society, Kolkata. This project resulted in multi-volume dictionaries for the non-Bengali learners. Apart from scholarly works on almost every area of Bengali literature and Bengali Linguistics, his major contributions include new initiative for the standardization of Bengali grammar, and the standardization of Bengali spelling. Presently he is the President of the International Society of Dravidian Linguistics. Children’s litterateur and Rabindra Sangeet singer, Prof. Sarkar has received Vidyasagar Award for prose writings; Satyen Dutta and Titli Awards for Childrens’ Literature; and Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration. The Government of Bangladesh has bestowed upon him the Friend of the Bangladesh Liberation War Honor.