This Institute was started in the name of Sri Venkateswara Oriental Institute by the management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams in 1939 with a Preamble to promote research in Oriental learning and to establish a specialized research library with manuscripts and printed books on all aspects of Indology. The Institute was transferred to the Sri Venkateswara University on 1st November, 1956 in order to develop the institute on modern lines with diversification of its activities. It began functioning under the name of Sri Venkateswara University Oriental Research Institute. It has two wings called Research wing and Library wing.

The Library of the Institute contains 16,948 manuscripts and 50,000 printed books. Each book in the library is purchased selectively on consideration of its utility in the research activities of the Institute covering all the fields of Indian tradition.

Brief History of the Institute

Sri Venkateswara Oriental Research Institute was started in July, 1939 by the Management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams with a view that it should be a first-rate Research and Training Centre with appropriate divisions for the study of Sanskrit and other languages, of the Hindu religion and Philosophy and of Hindu culture generally.

Prof. S.K. Belvalkar of Benaras Hindu University, Puna prepared a  “A SCHEME FOR AN ORIENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT TIRUPATI” and submitted the report on 11th September 1937 at request of the then Hon’ble Minister of Religious Endowments, Madras, Dr. Rajan and the then Commissioner Sri A. Ranganatha Mudaliyar of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams.  The TTD Committee has sanctioned Sri Venkateswara Oriental Institute at Tirupati on April, 1938.  Thus, S.V. Oriental Institute came into existence only in July, 1939.

a) To advance knowledge by study, teaching, research and publication and to help in the spread of correct ideas of Hindu religion and religious ideals,

 b) To build up a first-rate and up-to-date Oriental Library, so equipped and manned as to be able to afford all facilities for ordinary students and advanced students for study and to carry on research and

c) To undertake and publish with the co-operation of the outstanding scholars, critical editions of texts and also Oriental studies bearing on Indian Culture and religion and an official organ called Oriental Journal. 

The Institute saw tremendous development under the great luminaries in their relevant field like Manavalli Ramakrishna Kavi (M R Kavi), Veturi Prabhakara Sastry, Rallapalli Anathakrishna Sarma, Rompucherla Partasarathyu Battachar, DT Tattachari etc.,

Under the Management of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, the Oriental Research Institute published sixteen volumes of the Oriental Journal and about sixty four books in Sanskrit (20), English (8), Telugu (19) and Tamil (17) under three series named Sri Venkateswara Oriental Series, Sri Venkateswara Oriental Institute Studies and Sri Visistadvaita Sampradaya Granthamala covering the areas of Kosa, Dharmasastra, Vyakarana, Scientific literature like Mathematics, Saiva, Vaikhanasa and Pancaratra Agamas, Vedanta, Kavya, Stotra and Psychology.  The Bharatakosa by M.R. Kavi and the History of Sanskrit Literature by M. Krishnamachariar published from this Institute have become indispensable basic tools of research in Sanskrit Literature and literary criticism.  The 10th All India Oriental conference in 1940 and the Fourth session of Sanskrit Vishva Parishat in 1955 were held in Tirupati under the auspices of the Institute.

When the Sri Venkateswara University was established for the encouragement of higher education and research in all branches of learning particularly in Oriental learning, Sanskrit, Ancient Indian Arts and Culture, Architecture and Fine Arts Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams handed over the Institute on the 1st November 1956, with a view to promote its activities in a broader perspective with well qualified research staff.  With limited resources and meager staff the


Institute continued to function with the same zeal and aspirations with which it was started and could publish 62 volumes of Oriental Journal and 45 books in English (3), Sanskrit (18), Telugu (24) and three volumes of the Descriptive catalogue.  Three International Conference on Ramayana, Bhagavata and Mahabharata and also many Seminars & Workshops on Conservation of Manuscripts, Manuscriptology & Paleography were conducted in this Institute for the benefit of the Scholars.


Further, a three days National Seminar on “THE IMPORTANCE OF BHAGAVAT GÌTA IN THE PRAŚTĀNA TRAYA” in connection with the 75 years Platinum Jubilee Celebrations in the month of September, 2015 by this Institute in collaboration] with the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, Tirupati by inviting Scholars and Experts from all over India.

Workshop conducted an Advanced Level Manuscriptology & Palaeography, NMM from 17-02-2017 to 18-03-2017, ORI, SVU, Tirupati. Workshop on Telugu Inscriptions, Manuscipts study and Editing 25-03-2019 to 31-03-2019, ORI, SVU, Tirupati.


Photo & Designation Name Qualification Specialization Phone Profile
i) M.A. (Telugu) , N.E.T. (Telugu) , Ph.D. (Telugu) , M.A. (Sanskrit) , P.G Diploma in Epigraphy
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