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.



Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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