Critical Edition Wing – A critical edition of the complete Valmiki Ramayana, on the lines of the critical edition of the Mahabharata, published by the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute was launched on 12.3.1951 in the Oriental Institute. For this huge project, a separate department of critical edition wing named the Ramayana Department was established in the Institute. With the publication of the Critical Edition of the Valmiki Ramayana in seven volumes (1st vol. was published in 1960) by 31.3.1975, it was recommended by the UGC that such work should be continued on a permanent basis. Thus, on the lines of the Ramayana critical editions of Vishnupurana (in two vols.) and Markandeyapurana (in three vols.) are also published. Preparations of Vayupurana and Vahnipurana are in progress.