The utility and necessity of a bibliography for research scholars cannot be over-emphasised. When the work of preparing the Annual Bibliography of Indology (ABI) for the year 1969 was taken up, there was no such work in the field exclusively devoted to Indology which would inform the research scholars about the current studies being done on the subject in order to avoid the wastage of nati mal labour, money and time. Vedic bibliographies continuedly published by Professor L. Renou and Professor R. N. Dandekar were limited to Vedic studies only. Pract-gyoti of Kurukshetra University served the purpose of the research scholars we'l but its approach was selective. Its publication also ceased after some issues (though it has recently been started again) In view of this lack of an Indological research tool, the Ganganatha Jha Research Institute (now Ganganatha Jha Kendriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha) planned for the publication of AEI. In doing so it was only translating into action the wish of late Mm. Dr. Umesh Mishra, former Secretary of the Institute. Circumstances beyond our control much delayed the publication of this work. Since the libraries of Allahabad were not rich in research periodicals we mainly had to depend upon the libraries of Benaras Hindu University and Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi. Unfortunately, libraries at more distant places could not be consul-ted. The annotation of each and every entry was originally planned to be given but time and resources forbade us from doing so and only the important entries could be commented upon. Now the first volume of ABI is before the scholars. Within our limitations, all efforts have been made to make it as comprehensive as possible. Despite its deficiency if it proves a bit helpful to the scholars in their studies, I shall deem myself amply rewarded.
The present volume covers only those books and articles, reviews, notes etc. in Indian and foreign periodicals on Indological subjects which were either published or were deemed to have been published during 1969. As many as 253 periodicals have been fully scanned. The entries are classified subject-wise into twenty-four sections and arranged author wise in alphabetical order. A list of periodicals which have been referred to and indexes have been duly included.
The next volume of ABI for 1970-71 is nearing completion and will be out soon. In this connection, the suggestions from scholars all over the world are invited to make the work still more comprehensive and useful in its future issues. They are further requested to inform the Vidyapeeth of their contributions concerning Indology to be included in the future volumes.
I am thankful to Dr. B.N. Mishra, Librarian of this Vidyapeetha, for his valuable suggestions and advice liberally extended to me during the course of the publication of this work. Thanks are due to Dr. Kishore Nath Jha who helped me in arranging some index cards alphabetically.
T must express my gratitude to Dr. Jayakanta Mishra, Dr. Aryendra Sharma, Shri Shastri, Dr. M.D. Balasubrahmanyam and Dr. Mandan Mishra, without whose inspiration, guidance and help this work would have never s en the light of day.
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