Dr. Mahendra Khadgawat – the
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  1. 1. Dr. Mahendra Khadgawat – the E-governance Initiator from Bikaner by : DR. T.K. JAIN AFTERSCHO☺OL centre for social entrepreneurship sivakamu veterinary hospital road bikaner 334001 rajasthan, india FOR – PGPSE / CSE PARTICIPANTS PGPSE is an absolutely free programme – any person interested in becoming an entrepreneur / social entrepreneur may enroll into this programme send your case studies, articles to be published in this series You are free to distribute copies of this case study for academic / non-profit / social development work without prior permission. mobile : 91+9414430763 I solicit your response / ideas / articles / comments / feedback – pl. Send it at afterschool@in.com Where there is a will – there is a way. In this era of privatisation, we have some administrators, who are able to create administrative excellence in government sector also. Their administrative capabilities enable them to transform their organisations. One such personality is Dr. Mahendra Khadgawat. Organisational transformation is the process of moving the organisation towards a status of desired values, and instilling spirit of rejuvenation, trust, collaboration, collective efforts across the organisation. Transformational leaders are those leaders who are able to intill a new vision in the entire organisation and who are able to give a new direction to the entire organisation.
  2. 2. There are many administrators in India, who are credited for their initiatives in e-governance. One such person is Dr. Mahendra Khadgawat. He introduced E-Governance in Department of Archieves, where he works. 5 years ago, when other government departments were suffering from problems of reducing manpower, increasing workload and inability to cope with rising public expectations, Dr. Mahendra was busy in formulating a new vision for Archieves of Bikaner. He was soon able to convince his higher authorities about importance of digitalisation of archieves. He was the first in the country to introduce massive digitalisation of archieves. Hundreds of scholars in History and Archiology visit Bikaner every year to get a glimpse of the office of The Rajasthan State Archives of Bikaner. It has millions of hand written documents from the princely states of Rajasthan and from Moghul period to pre-independence struggle. Dr. Khadgawant has transformed this department and made it all in a very systematic manner. Due to his initiatives, over 6 million documents have been digitalised by the archieves. Many of these will now be available online also. It is amazing to find ultramodern digitalisation equipments and processes being used in this centre (many of these processes and technologies have been used here for the first time in the entire country). Change Management Model of Dr. Khadgawat It is interesting to know about change management model adopted by Dr. Khadgawat. He doesnt think about his limitations, but he always creates a vision and looks at his resources to reach the vision. His team ha reduced in number from 150 to less than 100, administrative hurdles are every where, and public expectations are rising – with all these there is no if or but for Dr. Khadgawat. For him digitalisation of Archieves is a passion and he is able to instill the same spirit in his team. Working for 16 hours a day is a usual habit for him and for his team – because there is a challenge – the challenge to transform the Archieves of Bikaner. Preserving Rare Documents Archieves of Bikaner has over 300 rare documents. These documents were once supposed to be kept in lockers only. Dr. Khadgawat pioneered the concept of History for masses. He suggested that history should be for the people to see and understand. He now prepares for starting a document museum – where these rare documents will be put for public display so
  3. 3. that people can get an idea about history Improving land Records Thousands of old records relating to land were lying in the Rajasthan State Archieves. Dr. Khadgawant introduced digitalisation of pattas (land record) also. This type of initiative will improve land management system and records. Promoting National Integration and National Values Archieves can be a source of building a national pride. Dr. Khadgawat has a vision of starting a freedom struggle theatre and display centre. Contribution of the leaders of freedom struggle will be displayed here. When a person sees the freedom struggle movement, listens to interaction with a leader who sacrificed his life for the nation and reads rare documents relating to freedom struggle – it will create a rare blend for instilling national values. It may soon happen in Bikaner. The exhibition hall of Archieves has rare documents on display. Mr. Rahmat Ali and Mr. Sunil Joshi explain the visitors about the details of the rare documents. A person can listen to the voice of freedom fighters (through over 250 CD compiled by this department) or see the handwritten documents of the freedom fighter or see some rare photographs. Thus it is truly HISTROY FOR THE MASSES Support to Higher Education An ultra modern research centre is being set up in Archieves Bikaner so that scholars from across the globe can study archieves of Bikaner and make their research. Dr. Khadgawat has cnceptualised a plan for promoting higher education and research in history. He plans to organise one national seminar of historians every year to enable scholars to discuss the historical documents. Developing Bikaner as a centre for Institutional Tourism Bikaner is very popular tourist destination in Rajasthan for its sparkling golden sand dunes, impressive red stone forts, marvelous havelis and imposing palaces. Of all the attractions the one that tops the chart, is camel safari in Bikaner. Bikaner is known for the best camel breeds in the world and the extensive Camel Research & Breeding Farm in the world is located here itself. It is owing to this that Bikaner is referred to as the
  4. 4. Camel Country. However this is just not it. There are many other attractive spots in Bikaner known for the richness in historical records they hold. Of those places the Rajasthan State Archives in Bikaner enjoys special repute. Tourists want to see culture, heritage and rare collections. They know that the Archieves of Bikaner has in store invaluable administrative record of Mughal period and the record made during the administration of the princely states of Rajasthan comprising of Farman, Mansur, Bahiat, Pattas, Parwanas, Rukkas Chithia and so on. Thus, with the initiatives of Dr. Khadgawat and his team, the archieves of Bikaner has converted into a worth visiting spots and is counted among the top Museums and Galleries in Rajasthan. Dr. Khadgawat visualises as a prime tourism spots in Bikaner. It is his dream that a person visiting Bikaner must not return back without visiting the Document museam of Archieves of Bikaner. There is a logic in this vision. The department has completely transformed itself and it holds some very invaluable administrative records of Mughal Period such as Persian Farmans, Nishans, Manshurs, Akbarat, Vakil Report, Arzdasht and Khatoot. It also contains interesting records that were created during the administration of the Princely states of Rajasthan such as Bahiat, Pattas, Parwanas, Rukkas, Chithiat and so on. It is obviously one of the most learning centres of Bikaner and known for displaying unmatched and truly priceless collection of records. The record it holds is very significant to researchers all over the world. Besides, this custodian of ancient records also offers amazing facilities like microfilming, reference library and research rooms which help researchers immensely. You may also read other documents prepared for PGPSE / CSE participants : http://www.scribd.com/doc/26503658/BIKANER-AMIDST-THE-THAR- DESERT-%E2%80%93-A-CASE-STUDY-ON-WATER- MANAGEMENT-SYSTEMS-AND-ALTERLATIVES http://www.scribd.com/doc/14224535/harakh-Chand-Nahata http://www.scribd.com/doc/26002228/Wool-Industry-of-Bikaner
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