National mission for manuscripts has digitized 283 lakh pages of 2.96 lakh manuscripts till date

New Delhi, July 23 2018  :  In 2003, National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM), a Mission mode Project, was launched by the Ministry of Culture for documentation, conservation, preservation and digitization of manuscripts.Till date NMM has documented 43.16 lakh manuscripts, conserved 434.56 lakh folios of manuscripts, digitized 283 lakh pages of 2.96 lakh manuscripts and published 44 rare and unpublished manuscripts.From its inception in 2003 to 31st March, 2018, an amount of 9666 lakh was released by the Ministry of Culture and an amount of9544 lakh was spent on it.

The manuscripts documented and digitized by the NMM will be made available to researcher and scholars through a Trusted Digital Repository.   The ultimate object of the Mission is to establish a Digital Manuscripts Repository at IGNCA in which researchers and scholars can view and consult the manuscripts to understand our past in its totality.

The above details was given by Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent charge) for culture in reply to an Unstarred Question in the Lok Sabha, today.

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