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What is TAI ?
The TAI denotes a race of people of Mangoloid origin who are inhabiting in the large tacts of Southeast Asia extending from Northeast India and Myanmar in the west to Laos and Vietnam in the east and from the Yunan of China in the north to Thailand in the Southeast. They are in majority in Thailand and Laos. The Tais are found in innumerable groups and sub-groups under various local names such as the Shan, Thai, Lao, Mulan, Nung, Bouyei, Sui and so on. Similarly the Tai families of Northeast India are known as the Ahom, Aiton, Khamti, Khamyang, Phake and Turung. These Tai families except the Ahom, still maintain the Tai Language as their mother tongue. A host of rare and valuable Tai Literatures in the form of Chronicles written in Tai language are yet found scattered in the Tai villages which need conservation.

In every year a number of foreign scholars from the countries like Australia, Germany, Japan, Thailand, China and Myanmar come to the Tai inhabited areas of the Northeast India in search of primary research materials on various aspects of the Tais in the region. In the event of this, the establishment of Institute of Tai Studies and Research is a commendable academic venture which has the potentiality of attracting the scholars and tourists particularly from Southeast Asian countries to this region. It may also act as a catalytic agent of socio-cultural linkage between India and Southest Asia besides giving a boost to the Look East Policy of Government of India. In fact, it is the first Institute of this kind in India dedicated to promoting knowledge about various Tai people of the world their language and literature, art and archaeology, religion and philosophy and their scientific and technological progress, their concern for health and hygiene, ecology and human rights, impacts of globalization on them and so on.
Our Infrastructure

welcomeThree Storied Building for its functioning with the provision of a Library, Documentation Centre cum Archive, Conference Hall