Anundoram Borooah Institute of Language, Art & Culture, Assam (ABILAC) was established by the Govt. of Assam in 1989 as an autonomous Institute for working in the fields of Language, Art & culture. The Institute is recognized by both Dibrugarh University & Gauhati University as a Research Institute. The Headquarters of ABILAC is located at Rajaduar, North Guwahati facing the Brahmaputra. The Institute has four Departments namely-(1) Language & Linguistics, (2) Literature & Translation, (3) Folklore & Oral Traditions and (4) Culture, Art & Music and a Sanskrit Studies Cell.
The Institute has been working on a few major as well as minor Research Projects. It has taken keen interest in preparation of Dictionaries also. Pursuing its mission on working on the development of indigenous languages of Northeast India, the institute has taken up projects on producing dictionaries for some of the indigenous languages. Such an effort has resulted in the publishing of a Mising-Assamese-English and a Rabha-Assamese–English Dictionary’. It has also been working on a Comprehensive Dictionary of the Assamese Language. It has recently taken up the work of preparation of three more Dictionaries namely- Bodo-Assamese-English Dictionary, Karbi-Assamese-English Dictionary & Dimasa-Assamese-English Dictionary.
The Institute has taken up work of writing history of Assamese-Literature in six volumes three of which have already been published. The Institute has till now published 45 books on various fields of its interest. One of the remarkable activity of the Institute is the Anunoram Borooah award given to a scholar of repute every year for the promotion and recognition of scholarship in the fields of Indological studies, literary and linguistic studies, Sanskrit studies and studies in art and culture. Established in the hallowed memory of the great scholar Anundoram Borooah, the Institute has been trying to establish high standard of scholarship in the region.
The Institute is recognised as a Research Institute by Dibrugarh University and Gauhati University for Ph. D. level research work.