Union Ministry of Culture and the International Buddhist Federation honored Pune based Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) for its contribution towards the preservation of rare books on Buddhism. The institute has been awarded with the Vaishakh Samman Prashasti Patra by the ministry.
Bhandarkar Institute is over a century-old centre of Indological research and studies specialising in Sanskrit, Prakrit, Indian regional languages, classical, Asian and European languages. There are almost 1,000 rare literary resources on Buddhism in the library of Bhandarkar Institute. They include a collection of Tibetan Xylographs presented by Prof. Dharmanand Kosambi and Tripiṭakas from various parts of South and South-east Asia, received in gift from those countries.
Bhandarkar Institute has been visited and appreciated by Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama twice, once in 1956 and again in 2007.