Role of national mission for manuscripts on preservation and conservation of manuscript in k.k.h. library, gauhati university and sankardeva kalakshetra, guwahati a study
Role of National Mission for Manuscripts on Preservation and Conservation of Manuscript in K.K.H. Library, Gauhati University and Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati: A StudyPresented By : Rajashree Borkakoti Professional Library Assistant Library, Handique Girls’ College, Guwahati. Email:email@example.com & Gagan Chandra Talukdar Library Assistant Central Library, Tezpur University,Tezpur. 11-12 November 2011 NASEMPLINER-2011 @ Gauhati University Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction: Preservation and conservation of manuscripts is very important because manuscripts are the mighty source of earlier information regarding social, religious, historical, cultural, medical etc. In present day context due to different reasons like mishandling of the manuscripts by the people, dust and atmospheric pollution, temperature and relative humidity, light, insects and fungus and disasters like flood, fire, earthquake etc. the manuscripts are getting damage day by day. For which proper conservation and preservation is essential to save these national heritages. Again this conservation and preservation of the valuable manuscripts should be done by scientific methods.
In Assam the National Mission for Manuscript has established aManuscript Resource Center at Krishna Kanta Handiqui Library,Gauhati University in the year 2003 with the very inception ofthe Mission itself. In the same year Mission designated thelibrary as a Manuscript Conservation Center also. In the year2008 the National Mission for Manuscript established atemporary laboratory at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra,Guwahati for the digitization of Manuscript found in North-EastIndia in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts(IGNCA)This paper will help to know about the present scenario ofconservation and preservation of manuscripts in K.K.HandiquiLibrary, Gauhati University and Srimanta SankardevaKalakhetra, Guwahati and role played by National Mission forManuscripts in this regard.
Objectives of the study:1. To know about the manuscripts collection available at K.K.Handiqui Library, Gauhati University and Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati.2. To know about the organization and management of these manuscripts collection.3. To know about the Conservation and Preservation works done by the two organizations.4. To know about the digitization of manuscripts at these organizations.5. To know about the relationship of these organizations with National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM).6. To know the role played by the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) for conservation and preservation of manuscripts towards these organizations.
Our Manuscripts at a glance:Picture: Deteriorated Manuscripts Due to Different Cause
About Manuscript Sections of the two organizations:About Manuscript Sections of the two organizations:
About the Archival Cell of K.K.Handiqui Library,Gauhati University:The Manuscripts Archival Cell is one important section of theK.K.Handiqui Library, Gauhati University which is mainlyworking for preservation and conservation of different valuablemanuscripts. It has about 4500 valuable manuscripts written onSachipat, Tulapat, paper etc. in different languages likeAssamese, Sanskrit, Bengali, Nepali, Tai, Barmis etc. The Post-Graduate students of the Assamese Department, SanskritDepartment of Gauhati University, IDOL, Gauhati Universityand other institutions and research scholars of variousdisciplines outside Gauhati University use these manuscripts.
About the Manuscript Digitization Cell of SrimantaSankardeva Kalakshetra,Guwahati:The Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra (SSK) at Guwahati isbeing run by a Registered Society named “SrimantaSankaradeva Kalakshetra Society” The Honorable ChiefMinister of Assam is the chairman of the Society. On 9thNovember 1998, the then Honorable President of India, K.R.Narayanan bestowed Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra to theNation. The Manuscript Digitization Cell was established byNMM in 2008, which is performing the digitization of themanuscripts brought from different places of Assam and North-Eastern region and after taking the required measures forconservation and digitization the manuscripts are returned backto the owner of the manuscripts.
Manuscript Collection of the two Organizations:Storage of Manuscript in the Surveyed Organizations:
Types of Manuscripts available at K.K.HandiquiLibrary and Sankardeva Kalakshetra:
Information regarding Preservation and Conservationof Manuscript:Use of Natural Things for Preservation andConservation of Manuscript:
Use of Chemicals for Preservation and Conservationof Manuscripts:
Digitization of Manuscripts in Surveyed Organizations:Information about storage media used:
Information about Numbers of DigitizedManuscripts:
Role of National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) inPreservation and Conservation of Manuscripts:1. Provides Training to Staff About Conservation and Preservation of Manuscripts.2. Provides Financial Grants.
3. Provides materials for Conservation andPreservation of Manuscripts:
Suggestions: The following suggestions are felt important for the surveyed institutions-1) Both the institutions should try to arrange some awareness programme at different places of Assam on the importance of manuscript and need of preservation and conservation of manuscript.2) The institutions should try to inform the people of Assam that they are involving in preservation and conservation of manuscript, so that different organizations and individuals may come towards them for help in preservation and conservation of their own manuscript collection.3) Both the institutions should increase the number of digitization of manuscript.4) Both the institutions should inform NMM regularly so that their requirements can be fulfilled and they can increase the activity of preservation and conservation of manuscripts and its digitization.5) The Government should also give support for preservation and conservation of manuscript to these organizations.