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Ministry of Tourism16-May, 2008 15:21 IST
National Mission for Manuscripts

The National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) is the first consolidated national effort for reclaiming India’s inheritance of knowledge contained in the vast treasure of manuscripts.  Manuscripts, which contain centuries of accrued knowledge in such areas as philosophy, sciences, literature, arts and the pluralistic faith systems of India are more than just historical records.  They represent the collective wisdom and experience of generations of thinkers.  The Mission was established in 2003 with the objective of creating a national resource base for manuscripts, scattered across the country.  The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is the nodal Agency for its implementation.

            With a view to restore Indian manuscripts, in terms of both physical conservation and digitization, as well as to promote access through research and publication, the Mission operates through a national network of institutions and manuscript repositories.  The number of centers (category-wise) are as follows:

Total No. of Manuscript Resource Centres (MRC-s)-45

Total No. of Manuscript Conservation Centres (MCC-s)-35

Total No. of Manuscript Partner Centres (MPC-s)-42

Total No. of Manuscript Conservation Partner Centres (MCPC-s)-300

The major achievements of the Mission since its inception are:

Documentation of Manuscripts

·         Total electronic data of manuscripts on the web=10 lakh

·         Total data stock (hard data+electronic data)= About 24 lakh

·         No. of repositories (institutions and private collections)-25,000

National Survey of Manuscripts

·         No. of States surveyed=16

(Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Haryana, Delhi, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and some districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar under Pilot Survey)

·         Survey preparation underway in Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Pondicherry, Goa, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar and Jharkhand

Post Survey (Documentation)

No. of States where Post-Survey was conducted = 8

(Orissa, Bihar, Manipur, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Himachall Pradesh)

Total data documented through post survey – 5.10 lakhs

Conservation

·         Established network of 33 Manuscript Conservation Centres and more than 300 Manuscripts Conservation Partner Centres (MCPC-s)

·         2 field labs established (Leh and Guwahati)

·         Evolved Basic Standards for Conservation  of Manuscripts Preventive conservation

·         Preventive Conservation Workshops-10

·         Curative conservation workshops-5

·         Curative conservation training for MCC staff-3

·         Workshop on rare support materials (on Parchment and Ivory, Metal, Sanchipat and Cloth)-4

·         Support services to repositories – undertaken in 7 different collections

·         4 research projects initiated in collaboration with NRLC

Digitisation

·         Digitized manuscripts of Orissa; Kutiyattam Manuscripts of Kerala; Siddha Manuscripts of Tamil Nadu and selected Jaina manuscripts

·         Total No. of folios digitized = 25,00,000

·         Total DVDs received = 8,000 

Research & Publication

·         Lecture Papers:

Tattvabodha vol. 1, Co-published with Munshiram Manoharlal, Delhi

·         Seminar Papers:

1.       Samrakshika vol 1 (Indigenous Methods of Manuscript Conservation), Co-published with D.K. Printworld, Delhi

2.       Samikshika vol. 1 and II (Buddhist Literary Heritage in India: Text and Context), Munishiram Manoharlal, Delhi

·         Critical Editions

Kritibodha vol. 1, Vadhula Grhyagamvrttirahasyam or Narayana Miura critically edited by Braj Bihari Chaubey, 2006, Co-published with D.K. Printworld, Delhi

·         Catalogues

The World is Sacred, Sacred is the World-the Indian Manuscript Tradition by B.N. Goswamy, 2006, National Mission for Manuscripts and Niyogi Books, New Delhi

Vijnananidhi: Manuscript Treasures of India, 2007, National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi

·         Newsletter, Kriti Rakshana, 13 issues published since August 2005

·         Basic Standards for Conservation of Manuscripts

·         Basic Standards for Digitisation of Manuscripts (1st and 2nd Volumes)

Public Outreach

·         Exhibition of Indian manuscripts (The Word is Sacred, Sacred is the Word) at Frankfurt Book Fair 2006

·         Tattvabodha Lectures: 38 lectures held in New Delhi and 11 in other centers across the country

·         Theatre in Education programme for school children in 10 schools in Delhi; 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh and one day workshop at National Archives, New Delhi

·         University Level Debate programme held in 4 cities (Varanasi, Ujjan, Ahmedabad, Guwahati) covering 15 states

·         3 Seminars were held in Kolkata, Sagar and Delhi

Manuscript Studies

(Manuscriptology & Palaeography)

·         Basic Course on Manuscriptology & Palaeography - 10

For 2-3 weeks and about 400-470 students participated

·         Advance Course on Manuscriptology & Palaeography - 6

About 40-45 days and about 160-170 students participated.  Most of the participants are from the MRCs, Gurukuls and Universities.

Gurukula

Total 11 scholars are working in six MRCs Kolkata, Srinagar, Mysore, Patna, Ahmedabad, Hoshiarpur

·         4 scholars – 4 texts are being critically edited, almost in Final position

·         7 scholars are doing transcribing

·         Transcribed 55 texts from Grantha, Med. Bengali and Sarada to Devanagari as well as prepared an electronic format

·         Proposals have been sent to all the Universities in India to introduce the Manuscriptology & Palegraphy courses in their Universities

·         About 15-20 Universities have introduced the course on manuscriptology

·         Script Teaching in Sharada and Grantha in electronic media format near completion

Other Activities

Prepared proposal and got successful in the inclusion of Rigveda manuscripts preserved at the Bhanderkar Oriental Research Institute in the UNESCO’S, Memory of the World Registar in 2007

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