9 May 2012

Modernisation of National Archives

The Minister for Culture and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja has said that only the post independence records of permanent nature recently received from various Ministries/Departments etc. need immediate attention for their preservation. National Archives of India (NAI) has employed 45 preservation professionals for preservation of such records. 

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today she said, approximately 15 lakh pages of documents/manuscripts have been digitized. The expenditure involved for the same is Rs.18 lakh, from the allocated funds of Rs.20 lakh for the financial year 2011-12. 

She said, NAI has modernized its conservation research laboratory with latest equipments for carrying out the preventive and curative conservations of records. Training in the fields of conservation of archival heritage for both professional and sub-professional level are conducted by School of Archival Studies and staff of NAI are also deputed to national and international organizations to update their knowledge under various exchange programmes and agreements. Many historians and Archivists are engaged by NAI from time to time for preservation and other works. Professor Mushirul Hasan, Director General of Archives, an internationally acclaimed Historian/scholar, heads NAI at present

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