The main concern for digitization is obtaining digital copy of as many manuscripts as possible so that the knowledge base can be saved before it is lost forever. The digital copies will be used for archival as well as dissemination of the knowledge base. At present NMM is facing the issues with ownership rights which stays with the Manuscript holders, for which a committee is working on coming up with a report to be submitted to the Govt. of India. The mission is working towards making the digital manuscripts contents accessible for the public at large.

Pilot project

The Mission started with digitization of 5 caches of manuscripts as a Pilot project. In the first phase of the pilot project approximately 39 lakh pages of manuscripts were selected for digitization. Out of these selected pages about 26 lakhs pages of 17210 Manuscripts have been digitized. The pilot project was a platform for testing the best method for digitization to be used. IGNCA (CIL), NIC, CDIT, INTACH, MSP were the organizations which were involved in the Digitization.

The details of the digitization done under the Pilot Project
Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 1,749 3,49,588 Complete
Jain Manuscripts, Luknow, U.P. 180 42,951 Complete
Kutiattam Manuscripts, Kerala 340 38,260 Complete
Oriental Research Library, J&K 10,147 18,24,162 Complete
Allama Iqbal Library, J&K 365 97,648 Complete
Sri Pratap Singh Library, J&K 74 28,536 Complete
Sri Shankardeva Kalakshetra, Assam 2,286 1,58,695 Complete
Siddha Manuscripts, Chennai 2,069 78,506 Complete
Second Phase of Digitization

The Mission has completed digitizing Manuscripts under the second phase of the digitization project. Under this project around 80000 Manuscripts were targeted for digitization. The digitization of 79.44 Lakhs pages of 89994 Manuscripts has been done in several repositories and all the manuscripts available in their collection were digitized.

The details of the digitization done under the Second Phase
Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
Orissa State Museum, Bhubaneswar, Odisha 6,093 14,20,666 Complete
Krishna Kanta Handique Library, Guwahati, Assam 2,091 1,56,173 Complete
Dr. Hari Singh Gaur University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh 1,010 1,17,603 Complete
Anandashram Sanstha, Pune, Maharashtra 7,939 9,21,667 Complete
Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal, Pune 4,429 6,60,730 Complete
French Institute of Pondicherry, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu 506 1,70,629 Complete
Institute of Asian Studies, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 481 34,505 Complete
Kundakunda Jnanapeeth, Indore, Madhya Pradesh 7,506 11,56,373 Complete
Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, Delhi 22,907 10,64,900 Complete
Akhil Bharatiya Sanskrit Parishad, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 12,887 4,58,376 Complete
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Allahabad 1,545 1,65,220 Complete
Himachal Academy, Simla, Himachal Pradesh 225 55,751 Complete
Vrindavan Research Institute, Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh 22,375 15,61,864 Complete
Third Phase of Digitization

NMM completed the IIIrd Phase of Digitization of Manuscripts in several repositories and collections throughout the country. The tender document for digitization of Manuscripts under the third phase was published in the website and the advertisement for the same was published in the leading newspapers throughout the country. In this phase NMM targeted to digitize one crore pages in different repositories. The digitization of 80.19 Lakhs pages of 1.02 Lakhs Manuscripts has been done

The details of the digitization done under the Third Phase
Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
Bharat Itihas Samshodhak Mandal, Pune, Maharashtra 22,873 14,50,375 Complete
Anandashram Samstha, Pune, Maharashtra 6,734 3,27,484 Complete
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Maharashtra 35 22,679 Complete
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 35,020 25,76,879 Complete
Jamia Hamdard 4,200 10,10,273 Complete
VVBIS, Hosiarpur 1,500 1,14,376 Complete
Orissa State Museum , Bhubaneswar, Odisha 3,175 6,03,142 Complete
National Mission for Manuscripts, Delhi 562 1,21,329 Complete
Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Rajasthan 28,813 17,92,864 Complete
Fourth Phase of Digitization

NMM started the IVth Phase of Digitization of Manuscripts in several repositories and collections throughout the country. The tender document for digitization of Manuscripts under the fourth phase was published in the website and the advertisement for the same was published in the leading newspapers throughout the country. In this phase NMM targeted to digitize one crore pages in different repositories. The digitization work is almost complete in many repositories.

The details of the digitization done under the Fourth Phase
Institution No. Mss digitized till now No. of Pages Remarks
Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Bharatpur, Rajasthan 9,151 5,42,235 Complete
Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Bikaner, Rajasthan 6,158 3,09,502 Complete
Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Kota, Rajasthan 9,716 10,36,252 Complete
Rajasthan Oriental Research Institute, Alwar, Rajasthan 1,957 3,01,639 Complete
Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, Haryana 11,442 7,33,501 Complete
Patna Museum, Patna, Bihar 856 1,71,158 Complete
Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh 16,382 13,32,629 Complete
Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Maharashtra 7,553 10,25,646 Work in Progress
Vadodara Oriental Research Institute, Vadodara, Gujarat 23,254 21,23,055 Work in Progress

Till now the digitization of 2,61,57,821 pages of 2,96,585 Manuscripts has been completed.

New digitization standards were prepared which are to be followed for digitization in the IIIrd Phase. The standards were made considering the international level of digitization and the latest technology being followed with contributions from NIC, New Delhi, CIL, IGNCA and National Archives, New Delhi.

Digitization of New Catalogus Catalogorum volumes

The Mission, in collaboration with University of Madras, Chennai is currently digitizing the existing volumes of New Catalogus Catalogorum (NCC). The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year. The content will also be made searchable.

The ‘ Manuscript Treasures of India '

The Mission also plans to digitize 45 most valuable and rare manuscripts in the country which were selected in the Vijnananidhi.

National Digital Manuscripts Library

The mission has proposed a project for National Digital Manuscripts Library. For the first time in history, all the significant literary, artistic, and scientific works of mankind can be digitally preserved and made easily available for our culture, research, education, and appreciation and also for all our future generations. The aim is to setup a Digital Manuscripts Library of India which will foster creativity and easy access to all human knowledge in the form of Manuscripts of this country. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Digital Manuscripts Library with a searchable collection of many valuable Manuscripts, predominantly in Indian languages, available at a one place. This digital library will also become an aggregator of all the knowledge and digital contents created by other digital library initiatives in India. Very soon we expect that this library would provide a gateway to Indian Digital Manuscripts Libraries in science, arts, culture, music, traditional medicine, vedas, tantras and many more disciplines. The result will be a unique resource accessible to everyone, without regard to socio-economic background or nationality.

NMM in collaboration with NIC has developed a user-friendly web application for entering meta-data online and accessing the Manuscripts details through a dedicated search engine. The Meta data will be uploaded in the cloud server along with the digital images to be interlinked for providing easy access to digital Manuscripts for a wide public to be used for research and study of various subjects. NMM has developed software taking into account the diversity of scripts, material on which they are written and subjects to which they refer. Such software would enable efficient management of data about custodial institutions, descriptive catalogues, subject directories, preservation status of manuscripts and for accessing the digital images through the search engine and incorporating the same in the digital library. It is being planned to set up a state of the art Digital Manuscript Library at New Delhi with the capacity for 10 users initially (to be expanded upto 100 users) to facilitate access to this knowledge base. Users are expected to access data from a Data Centre through desktop PCs. New data is expected to be added to the storage servers on a daily basis. It is also required that the Data Centre adhere to international standards of data storage, redundancy, uptime, and availability.