The project for the compilation of An Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Sanskrit on Historical Principles was conceived and planned by Professor S. M. Katre, former Professor of Indo-European Philology and Director of the Institute in 1948. The well established Sanskrit Dictionary Project now forms a part of the Department of Sanskrit and Lexicography. The late Professor A.L. Basham has stated in his book 'The Wonder That Was India' that the 'Dictionary, when completed, will be the greatest work of Sanskrit Lexicography the world has ever seen'.
The Department frequently organizes Special Lectures. A list of few of these are: