[INDOLOGY] National Manuscript Mission data to be put in public domain

Rosane Rocher rrocher at sas.upenn.edu
Mon Nov 1 23:04:58 UTC 2021

Let us hope that this is a breakthrough and a change in strategy. At a 
symposium here a few years ago, the head of a state archive in India 
told us that digitization programs were fostered and aggressively 
conducted, but strictly for preservation, not for access, which remained 


On 11/1/21 6:43 PM, Witzel, Michael wrote:
> Many thanks for the good news!.
> So now there is hope that I may finally see a Banaras Skt. Univ. 
> manuscript that I had applied for nearly 50 years ago:
> on my third fruitless visit to their library in April 1974, I applied 
> for a microfilm, paid the fee, (even left them a long raw film and 
> developer)  — but have not yet received my film, in spite of reminders.
> Some years ago the then director wrote to me in another matter. I said 
> I could help — provided he would send my my film. Crickets…. No answer.
> Luckily some enlightened officials (also elsewhere) take a different 
> approach now.
> Cheers!
> Michael
>> On Nov 1, 2021, at 1:49 PM, Madhav Deshpande via INDOLOGY 
>> <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>> Dear Dhaval,
>>      This news is wonderful indeed. Let us hope that the NMM carries 
>> out the task in a timely manner, and that the manuscripts become 
>> available for scholarly use. Thanks for your efforts. Best wishes,
>> Madhav
>> Madhav M. Deshpande
>> Professor Emeritus, Sanskrit and Linguistics
>> University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
>> Senior Fellow, Oxford Center for Hindu Studies
>> Adjunct Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, 
>> India
>> [Residence: Campbell, California, USA]
>> On Mon, Nov 1, 2021 at 9:56 AM Dhaval Patel via INDOLOGY 
>> <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
>>     Dear scholars,
>>     This information may be of interest to those of you who work with
>>     manuscripts for their research. It is regarding access of
>>     manuscripts digitized by National Mission for Manuscripts,
>>     Government of India.
>>     I would like to bring it to the notice of this august gathering
>>     that my second appeal in honourable Central Information
>>     Commission was decided on 30.10.2021. The order is attached herewith.
>>     Honourable Information Commissioner Mr. Uday Mahurkar has decided
>>     this matter with a well reasoned order.
>>     The order directs NMM to do two things.
>>     1. Put the digitized manuscripts (roughly 3 lacs) in public
>>     domain within a period of 1 year
>>     and
>>     2. Allow me access of 30000 manuscripts for downloading the same
>>     within a period of 1 month.
>>     This order would surely pave the way for easier access of
>>     manuscripts digitized by NMM to research scholars.
>>      I once again pay my respects to the honourable Information
>>     Commissioner for enabling access to this centuries old manuscript
>>     treasure of India. I also place my appreciation on record for NMM
>>     and manuscript repositories without whose support the manuscripts
>>     would not have been digitized, and their digital access would
>>     have been impossible.
>>     Dr. Dhaval Patel
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