30 Dec 2013

Preservation and publication of archaeological Manuscripts

The Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch
The Minister of Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch has said that palm leaf manuscripts are preserved in a scientific manner by National Archives and are stored in a conducive atmosphere in repositories.

 Further in the year 2011, NAI and Soka University, Japan have jointly published facsimile copies of the Giligit Manuscript (medium-birch bark and one in palm leaf). 

Besides above National Museum, New Delhi has collection of Palm leaf Manuscript and coins which are scientifically preserved and are encapsulated/laminated in special reversible polyester film to minimize effects of pollutants. 

Publication on Palm leafs and other manuscripts are being done by National Mission for Manuscript. Similarly, inscriptions and coins are scientifically preserved by National Museum, Epigraphy and Science Branch of Archaeological Survey of India, including making of estampages of inscriptions in conventional method on paper.

 The mending and pasting of photo estampages, a prelude for digitization, is under process. 

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Smt. Katoch said, the Central Advisory Board on Archaeology (CABA) during its meeting held in the year 2009 had recommended the constitution of five sub committees i.e. 

Conservation and Preservation of Monuments; Exploration & Excavation; Antiquity and Museum; Epigraphy and Role and Restructuring of ASI. The recommendations of these five sub committees and minutes of the CABA meeting held on 2nd December, 2009 were confirmed during the CABA meeting held on 27th & 28th May, 2011. 

In pursuance of above, the vacant post in the Epigraphy Branch, archaeology cadre, etc. have been filled up. Draft policies/guidelines recommended by the subcommittees have been framed. 

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