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Need to digitise our nat’l archives: Min

Need to digitise our nat’l archives: Min
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The Union Minister of State for Culture (I/C), Tourism (I/C) and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma on Wednesday stressed on the need to value and digitise archives and records which represent the historical wealth of our country. After inaugurating the curtain raiser of the year long celebrations of 125th Anniversary of National Archives of India(NAI) in the Capital on Wednesday, the minister said, “History is very important for a country because it has the potential to contribute to nation building. It is due to this reason that we must make the valuable age-old records available with us transparent and accessible to the people. These archives and records contain a wealth of knowledge and through them we can take the cultural heritage of the country to the people.”

“This is the era of e-Governance and the digitisation of records will help to preserve these archives over the future generation.  Not only this, digitisation also helps to add to the ease of accessing these records, he said.  Once these records are digitised, it will facilitate the introduction of our cultural heritage to the youth of the country,” he added. The minister also inaugurated a logo for the 125th Year Celebration of the NAI, also an online search portal  entitled Abhilekh-PATAL, which puts the catalogue of over 2 million records in the public domain together with over 2000 digital images of records and a virtual exhibition: Gandhi-Mandela that was displayed at Johannesburg as a part of the ‘Festival of India in South Africa’ and also 3 New publications of the department on the occasion. The National Archives of India was established on March 11, 1891 at Calcutta as the Imperial Records Department.
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