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Digitisation of Manuscripts

As per our estimates India has the largest collection of Manuscripts. For documentation, conservation /preservation and digitization of Manuscripts project, National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) was launched by the Ministry of Culture in 2003. Till date it has documented about 42 lakh Manuscripts in different scripts and languages. For conservation of Manuscripts, Manuscripts Conservation Centres (MCCs) have been established by NMM all over the country, which conduct preventive and curative conservation of Manuscripts requiring conservation in their region.

Digitization of Manuscripts is done by NMM itself through invitation of open tenders.

  1. Number of Manuscripts documented             –          42 lakhs Manuscripts.
  2. Number of Manuscripts digitized        –         2.80 lakh Manuscripts.
  3. Number of Manuscripts conserved      –         preventive conservation of                                                                                                      733 lakh folios and curative conservation of 16 lakh folios.

Funds are not allocated state-wise by the Government. However, Government allocated the following funds to National Mission for Manuscripts during the last three years and the current year.

Year              Budget allocation (in Rs.Lakhs)

  1. 2013-14         950.00
  2. 2014-15         950.00
  3. 2015-16         625.00
  4. 2016-17         1200.00

 

STATE WISE EXPENDITURE INCURRED BY NATIONAL MISSION FOR MANUSCRIPTS DURING LAST THREE YEARS AND CURRENT YEAR 

Amount in Lakh

       
S. No. State Funds allocated  2013-14 Funds allocated  2014-15 Funds allocated  2015-16 Funds allocated   2016-17 upto     

28-02-2017

1 Andhra Pradesh 35.43 15.00 9.50 27.55
2 Assam 11.80 9.54 10.50 4.5
3 Bihar 30.00 28.50 33.00 28
4 Delhi 9.29   8.00 16.5
5 Gujarat     7.00 2.5
6 Haryana 18.70   7.00 14.4
7 Himachal Pradesh 18.00 23.00 14.00 21.5
8 Jammu & Kashmir 21.50 16.50 21.00 23.5
9 Karnataka 32.90 21.50 27.28 27.9
10 Kerala 15.75 21.00 21.00 24
11 Madhya Pradesh 13.25 11.50 7.00 4.5
12 Maharashtra 13.35 4.50 13.15 13.5
13 Manipur 12.00 14.50 7.50 2.5
14 Odisha 57.50 43.50 35.91 37.41
15 Punjab 4.24      
16 Rajasthan 24.70 14.50 13.58 14.5
17 Sikkim 3.30   2.64 0.49
18 Tamil Nadu 63.70 51.00 14.00 3.04
19 Tripura 5.00 2.50   10
20 Uttar Pradesh 83.85 67.06 50.00 46.58
21 Uttrakhand 5.00 15.00 19.00 15
22 West Bengal 16.00 16.00   26.03
Total 495.26 375.10 321.06 363.9

 

This information was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Sanjay Kumar/jk/Parl. No. 1/20-03-2017

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