Vrindavan Research Institute (VRI) director Hari Mohan Malwiya announced yesterday that the work of digitizing its collection of rare manuscripts is now complete.
With the help of tne central government’s National Mission for Manuscripts, more than 30,000 manuscripts, primarily the oldest and rarest in the VRI collection, have been scanned, making it possible for them to be studied on the computer. The work took more than two years to complete.
The Institute has sent its report to the Indian Government Department of Culture.
Dr. Malwiya said, “This is the computer age. Those scholars who want to study these ancient texts in greater depth will now be able to do so more easily through the use of computer technology. It will no longer be so necessary to travel long distances to examine them directly. They will be able to go online just sitting in their rooms and find what they need with the click of a mouse.”
Dr. Brajbhushan Chaturvedi, who supervised the project, said, “We started in 2008 with the help of the National Mission for Manuscripts, which is a department of the Indira Gandhi National Council of the Arts. We have also prepared a database that can be easily accessed on our home site in Raman Reti.”
“Eventually, all digitized manuscripts in India will be available on line from the central government’s website,” he added. “Researchers will be able to access these documents with the permission of the VRI.”
Dr. Kamalesh Parik and Ramgopal Sharma also took part in the project. In fact, the website at www.vrindavanresearch.net is not yet up and running.
(Source: Amar Ujala)
Founded in 1968 by the philanthropist and scholar Dr. R. D. Gupta, Vrindavan Research Institute is engaged in the collection and preservation of manuscripts, archival materials, and objects of art and culture. It is recognized as a museum of manuscripts and archival material by the Museums Association of India.
The institute holds more than 3,030,000 manuscripts (from 16th to the 18th centuries) in Sanskrit, Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujrati, Urdu and Punjabi languages, 200 miniatures, 200 historical documents in the Nagari and Persian scripts, old stamps, postcards, envelopes, coins, and sculptures. The Institute organizes and conducts different types of cultural programs, seminars, symposiums and workshops.
VRI Foundation Day will be celebrated on Nov. 24, 2010 at Raman Reti, Vrindavan, at which time Ram Das Gupta’s Festschrifft, Dr. R.D. Gupta Memorial Volume.