43 Lakh Manuscripts Documented, 2.85 Lakh Digitized by National Mission for Manuscripts (Download PDF)


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The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) has documented 43 lakh manuscripts (including rare ones) and digitized 2.85 lakh manuscripts containing 2.95 crore pages which are stored in DVDs and hard disks.

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Process of Digitization of Manuscripts by NMM

  • It carries out the task without any distinction between rare and common manuscripts

  • The manuscripts remain with the owner.

  • The data is obtained in soft copy from the Manuscripts Resource Centres (MRCs) in State Archives, Universities, and Institutions having large deposits of such documents.

  • The soft copy of metadata furnished by the MRCs is restored in NMM server and after verification of data, it is uploaded on the website of NMM.

  • Regarding stolen manuscripts, during the last decade, only one case was reported. All cases of stolen manuscripts are dealt with as per the provisions of Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972 administered by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

NAMAMI: What is Kritisampada?

  • The National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI) is an autonomous organisation under Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

  • It was established to survey, locate, and conserve Indian manuscripts, with an aim to create national resource base for manuscripts, for enhancing their access, awareness, and use for educational purposes.

  • The Mission was initiated in February 2003, by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) is the nodal agency for the execution of this project.

  • It creates bibliographic databases of Indian manuscripts and is involved in the conservation and preservation of the manuscripts.

  • The organisation works in the field of restoration and conservation Indian manuscripts, and their digitisation, to promote access and scholarship through research and publication.

  • It has also established a national network of institutions and manuscript repositories, including Manuscript Resource Centres (MRC-s), Manuscript Conservation Centres (MCC-s), Manuscript Partner Centres (MPC-s) and Manuscript Conservation Partner Centres (MCPC-s) , spread across the nation.

  • It has also established Kritisampada, the National Database of Manuscripts, a digital archive at its website.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 25, 2018

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