The Post Survey is a massive exercise in cultural mapping (in this case, manuscripts) of the country. As a follow up to the Survey, each and every repository unearthed during the Survey is revisited to document every manuscript in all of them. Survey, because of its short duration, provides an overview of the number of repositories in a district; Post survey elaborates on it.

How is the Post Survey Carried Out?
  • First, an analysis of the Survey data is carried out by the Mission to determine the number of repositories in each district, total number of manuscripts in each district and number of districts in a state
  • The action plan and requirements of a particular state is decided keeping its particular features in mind. Resources are clearly defined in terms of number of documenters per district, time period, and need, or lack thereof, of partner centres in the district
  • Next, partner institutes are selected at state level; usually they are repositories with a large network of scholars or museums and libraries. For instance, the Post Survey in Karnataka is being coordinated by Oriental Research Institute, Mysore which is also a Manuscript Resource Centre.
  • The State Coordinator assists in selection and training of documenters. It is extremely important that documenters are drawn from a pool of researchers and scholars of relevantdisciplines such as Sanskrit, Linguistics, Arabic, Persian, regional language to enable them toread and properly document the manuscripts. They are also imparted training by the Missionon how to document, what difficulties they may face while on rounds, and so on.
  • The documenters are provided with list of addresses of repositories (based on information gathered during the Survey) to document their manuscripts. They also look out for repositories which may have been left unrecorded.
  • The datasheets are then checked and entered into the Manus Granthavali
Post Survey till now…
  • Post Survey has been completed in Orissa, Bihar (10 districts), Tamil Nadu, Manipur and  Karnataka.    
  • One hundred and eight districts in these five States have passed through the Post Survey exercise. The Mission has so far managed to collect information of 367977 manuscripts.    
  • In Manipur, the Mission successfully completed both the Survey and the Post Survey under   the state Coordinator-ship of Director, Manipur State Archives. Nearly 23000 manuscripts  were documented.
  • In Orissa , the Post Survey exercise was conducted in all districts through two coordinating   agencies and so far the Mission has received information of 199081 manuscripts.    
  • In Bihar, Post Survey has yielded 72581 manuscripts from 10 districts.    
  • In Tamil Nadu, the Post Survey exercise has managed to document information of 74097   manuscripts    
  • In Karnatak, the Post Survey exercise was conducted in 29 districts and the Mission has   documented information of around one lakh manuscripts    
  • Post Survey is currently on in 3 states— Uttar , Himachal Pradesh and Delhi    
  • In Uttar Pradesh, the Post Survey is being carried out in 13 districts and information of   around 99556 manuscripts has been collected so far.    
  • Himachal Academy of Arts, Culture and Languages, shimla has taken up responsibility of   Post Survey in the State of Himachal Pradesh. Post Survey is on in 12 districts and so far   the Mission has received information of 15000 manuscripts from the state.    
  • In Delhi, the Post Survey exercise has yielded around 1500 datasheets.    
  • Now the Mission is all set to implement the Post Survey program in the state of Andhra   Pradesh, Tripura and Rajasthan. As per the syrvey report around nine lakh manuscripts will   be taken up for documentation in these states.