Workshop on Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts

Gangtok, March 4: (IPR) The Cultural Affairs & Heritage Department in collaboration with National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi and Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Deorali is organising 5 days workshop on ‘Preventive Conservation of Manuscripts’ from 4th-8th March, 2019 at Police Conference Hall, Police HQ. Conservation experts from NMM Delhi, Benaras Hindu University, INTACH Odisha will be imparting knowledge for the workshop.

The inaugural session was held today at Police Conference Hall and it was informed that the workshop is aimed at imparting training through lectures and practical demonstration to equip the participants/ custodians of manuscripts with necessary expertise and knowledge about scientific preservation and preventive conservation.

The inaugural session of the workshop was graced by Smt.Ambika Pradhan,(Secretary, Cultural affairs and heritage department), Smt.Bidya Subba ,(Special Secretary, Cultural affairs and heritage department) ,Dr.D.K .Kar,(Coordinater,NMM,)Dr.Kirti Srivastava (Coordinater documentation, NMM),Smt.Parual Gosh,(conservation expert) students from various colleges, representatives from NGO’s, monks and local gentry.

Smt.Ambika Pradhan in her address welcomed and congratulated National Mission for Manuscripts team for coming up with such brilliant a workshop in the state to preserve manuscripts. She urged every participant to take proper use of this 5 day long workshop so as to benefit themselves as a better and learned individual for the state and the Nation. She further briefed about the importance and benefits of preventive conservation of manuscripts and how it can help each individual to know their history. The Secretary stressed that knowing history is important because it allows one to make more sense of the current world and also get glimpses of our past heritage and its details.

Later Dr.D.K,Kar,Coordinater talked about the main objective of the mission which is to survey,document and catalogue indian manuscripts; to set up a National manuscript library and also to provide ready access to manuscripts through digitization and publication. He further informed that the aim is to preserve cultural heritage and transmit the knowledge and skills to the next generation. He said that the National Mission for Manuscripts regularly imparts workshops,training programs across the country to create National base of trained manpower in the field of conservation of manuscripts. At present preventive conservation of 451.80 Lacs & Remedial conservation of 46.08 Lacs folios of manuscripts is done, it was informed.
The worshop will be held from 4th-8th March at Police Conference Hall, Police HQ, Gangtok.

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