India is a land of rich cultural heritage and manuscripts form an important part of that heritage.
Manuscripts are handwritten and given the rich history of our land, they have been composed on ancient mediums such as palm leaf, clothes, paper, etc.
These scripts were written in different languages. Since 2003, the National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI) has been engaged in the digital restoration and preservation of the five million manuscripts of India.
This autonomous organization of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India was established with the sole purpose of surveying, locating, and conserving these manuscripts. To spread awareness among the people and to make use of the ancient texts in education, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) commenced this project.
These texts consist of different scripts, textures, themes, aesthetics, illustrations, etc. The National Mission for Manuscripts has been given the task to make them accessible. For this purpose, the National Mission for Manuscripts works with 49 conservation centers and 54 Manuscript Resource Centres across the country.
These centers include institutions, libraries, museums, universities as well as non-government organizations. I would like to request the editorial board to assign a journalist to take up this issue and shed light on the digital restoration of the ancient manuscripts of India.