The resources available at IRC include computerised data files, photographic card catalogues of Indus seals, and research papers collected from various sources in India and abroad - all gifted by Iravatham Mahadevan, a well-known researcher in the Indus script and the first Honorary Consultant to IRC. A collection of papers by Dr. Gift Siromoney on Indus script has been added to the IRC. Other resources include books and papers on Indus valley civilisation (IVC) and Dravidian linguistics. These resources are being maintained separately within IRC for easy access. IRC also organises courses and seminars to support research on Indus Script. A bulletin of the IRC is brought out as a biannual periodical.
Bust of Padma Shri
Dr. Iravatham Mahadevan
erected are RMRL
R. Balakrishnan is the current honorary consultant to the IRC. It was Iravatham Mahadevan who led him into the world of IVC. Using geographical Information system tools, Balakrishnan formulated the ‘Korkai-Vanji-Tondi complex’, a ‘place-name complex’ in the Indus geography which was formally announced in 2010. His paper on “High-west, Low-east Dichotomy of Indus Cities” and the IVC’s linguistic paradigm gained wide attention. His Tamil book on the Dravidian foundations of Indus civilisation (சிந்துவெளி பண்பாட்டின் திராவிட அடித்தளம்) received accolades from Iravatham Mahadevan as the best book written in Tamil on IVC.
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