director of NLAI:
"NLAI to back registration of Iran, Islam's manuscripts"
1 Jul 2012 12:13
Meeting with the director of India's Rampur Raza Library, director of National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) said:" Registration of joint works is among the organization's priorities and in order to register Iran and Islam's manuscripts, the center is willing to cooperate with any country."
IBNA: According to the public relations department of NLAI, during the visit Ishagh Salahi briefly explained the organization's activities and works in national and international levels saying:" Digitalizing manuscripts is among the center's priorities and by the end of summer the scanned versions of 35,000 manuscripts will be uploaded to the center's website."
Moreover the organization, in order to preserve documentary heritage, will type the scanned manuscripts he said and added:" We are currently cooperating with Yazd University for producing software which will convert the scanned documents as word."
The organization is instructing the ECO member countries in fields including librarianship, information dissemination and codicology, Salahi noted. So far countries including Georgia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Tatarstan have enjoyed the instructions freely.
In other news, director of India's Rampur Raza Library Prof. Hamdani said:" However Rampur Raza Library holds great facilities and budgets, but it lacks experts for implementing its programs in the field of photographing manuscripts and indexing."
India's Rampur Raza Library is house to more than 17,000 Persian and Arabic manuscripts, he said and added:" We are eager to use Iran's experiences for supporting and preserving the precious Shiite heritage."
He moreover invited the director of the NLAI to attend an international seminar which will be held by the library on manuscripts.
Inviting Hamdani to visit an exhibition of Quranic manuscripts, which will be held by the National Library and Archives of Iran, Salahi said:" the organization is ready to present instructions in the fields of indexing, holding exhibitions, conferences, scanning manuscripts and producing credible indexes. Moreover if the grounds are paved, Iran and India can cooperate in fields of joint language, culture and civilization."
The Rampur Raza Library located in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India is a repository of Indo-Islamic cultural heritage and a treasure-house of knowledge established in last decades 18th century, and built up by successive Nawabs of Rampur and now managed by Government of India.
It contains very rare and valuable collection of manuscripts, historical documents, specimens of Islamic calligraphy, miniature paintings, astronomical instruments and rare illustrated works in Arabic and Persian.
The delegation of Rampur library visited the special section of NLAI's manuscripts and the photographing and scanning processes. The visit was made on Saturday, June 30.