Whereas the majority of Christians, who have
entered into the Syriac heritage, live in India, the literature,
manuscripts and other source materials pertaining to that heritage
are, for the most part, in West Asia and in the Western countries.
SEERI has already acquired an impressive
collection of Photostats of documents, CDs, microfilms and
microfiches of published and unpublished writings in the original.
Translations of Syriac literature in modern languages (English,
German, French etc.) have also been acquired. The Library and the
manuscript section are being built up steadily.
The Institute’s programmes include publications,
translations, training projects, seminars, lectures and courses,
Symposia etc. SEERI also provides the setting for scholars from other
countries wanting to study the situation of the largest living
communities of the Syriac tradition against the Indian background.
They would also share with us the fruits of their scholarship and
research. The microfilm collection has at present over ten thousand
pages of mostly unpublished Syriac texts and manuscripts. Readers
(equipments) for microfilms and microfiches have been installed. There
is also a steadily growing section of modern books on various branches
Eminent scholars are available for guiding
research work in the filed of Syriac Patristic, Liturgy, Church
History etc. The Institute can also help Indian scholars to be in
touch with Institutes abroad in the pursuit of their higher studies.
Among the activities of SEERI during the last 23
years were 6 World Syriac Conferences in which a large number of
scholars from India and abroad participated.