On August 4-8, 2019, at the invitation of Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts, the delegation of the Indian Council of Historical Research headed by its Chairman, Professor Arvind P. Jamkhedkar visited Georgia. The delegation was composed of Prof. Kumar Ratnam (Academic Secretary), Dr. Rajesh Kumar (Director of Publishing and Library), Dr. Om Jee Upadhyay (Doctor of Research) and Dr. Nupur Singh (Assistant to the Chairman).
The delegation visited Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts and met with its Director, Mr. Zaza Abashidze. During the meeting, they touched upon the issues of cooperation in the field of manuscript research and history. Within the framework of the previously signed Memorandum of Understanding, joint conferences and seminars in several areas were planned, as well as the exchange of scholars.
Prior to the visit to Georgia, the Indian Council of Historical Research, the leading organization of India in the field of historical, ethnographical and archaeological research, retrieved materials from the Indian Archives and found that preliminary data from the National Archives of India contained interesting documents on early 20th-century Georgia and the First Democratic Republic of Georgia.
The Head of the Delegation, Professor Jamkhedkar, has pledged to Mr. Z. Abashidze that the research on the Georgian materials and on Georgia in the Indian archives will continue and the results will be transmitted to the Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts.
While in Georgia, Indian guests visited the Georgian National Museum, where they met with its Director, Academician Mr. David Lordkipanidze and the representatives of the museum’s management. On the same day, August 5, the delegation visited the Dmanisi archaeological expedition. On August 6, Indian visitors visited Mtskheta and the archaeological expedition to Grakliani, where they were met by Professor Vakhtang Licheli, the head of the expedition. On August 7, after visiting Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts, the members of the delegation met with the Director of the Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Mr. Zviad Gabisonia and his Deputy, Mr. Jaba Samushia. The guests were always accompanied by the representatives of the Korneli Kekelidze Georgian National Center of Manuscripts - V. Kvantaliani and T. Jgenti.
This very important and fruitful visit was initiated and supported by the Embassy of Georgia in New Delhi and by the Ambassador of Georgia to India, H.E. Mr. Archil Dzuliashvili personally.