ORI project to digitize manuscripts regains traction - watsupptoday.com
ORI project to digitize manuscripts regains traction
Posted 02 Dec 2019 03:47 PM



The Oriental Research Institute (ORI) in the city which is a treasure trove of ancient palm leaf manuscripts enshrining a slice of ancient India’s knowledge base, will seek the assistance of National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) for digitization and preservation of the priceless heritage.

The University of Mysore under which the ORI functions, consented to ORI collaborating with the NMM for the digitization and conservation project at a meeting on Saturday. Hemantha Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, UoM, told The Hindu that the project will not cost the varsity anything as the NMM was keen to fund it.

“We have sought a meeting with NMM officials and want the digitization work to be taken up at ORI itself. In case there are procedural delays, the university is prepared to fund the project and establish a dedicated center at the ORI,” he added.

Shivarajappa, director, ORI said the institute had an agreement with the NMM and used to receive funds for conservation. But once the agreement period lapsed, it was not renewed for almost 5 years. It will now be revived, he added. An MoU will be signed with NMM but finer details as to the nature of NMM’s assistance or collaboration will be spelled out later, Prof. Shivarajappa said.

With this development, the ORI’s long-pending project of digitization of manuscripts will receive fresh traction. The digitization of manuscripts is expected to give a fillip to Indological studies as the e-version of the manuscripts will be available online for reference. At present, the ORI receives scores of requests every month from scholars all over India and abroad for specific texts but making them available online would help in furthering research and advanced studies, said Prof. Shivarajappa.

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