nmm: Experts Scan City’s Manuscript Wealth | Ahmedabad News

Ahmedabad: A two-member team of the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) is in Ahmedabad to discover, and offer help to preserve the vast manuscript wealth available with several private trusts in the city.
On Monday, the team visited BJ Institute, Sarkhej Roza Trust, Pir Mohammed Shah Library, and two unique Jain trusts to contribute towards documentation, preservation, conservation, digitization, critical addition, and publication of research work.
The team included senior conservator Puran Chandra and research officer, Dr Sarwarul Haque from the Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts (IGNCA). After an MoU is signed between NMM and the Manuscript Repository Institute, the NMM will help conserve – curative as well as preventive techniques – manuscripts and then digitise them to be finally uploaded on an upcoming website called Bharatiya Kriti Sampada.
At BJ Institute, Haque explained that there are close to 40,000 manuscripts in Sanskrit, Tamil, Malayalam, Arabic, Persian and Gujarati. “We are here to introduce our citizens to the vast ancestral knowledge of our history, religion, medicine, astrology, society, governance and revenue issues. This should inspire students and scholars to collaborate in researching, ”says Haque.
Chandra added, “The manuscripts also tells us stories on how our ancestors deal with natural calamities and diseases.” The digitised versions of the manuscripts will be uploaded along with a description of the document to be made available to students, scholars and researchers. The description will be approved after a 3-tier editorial clearance, said Haque. The documentation is done via a process consisting of 35 steps and the Union ministry of culture pays Rs 150 for each manuscript.


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