To promote research and interest in Indian knowledge systems with particular emphasis on manuscripts, the Mission organises national level seminars. Scholars specialising in various fields are invited to present research papers which are eventually published by the Mission under the title Samikshika. The objective is not only to know about the existing information and practices about manuscripts but also to bring to light relatively unknown knowledge. The Mission then tires to develop and incorporate these insights into its activities.

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The following seminars have been organised by the Mission so far-

Financial Year 2005-06

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Collaborating Institutions



Oral Tradition and Indigenous Methods and Materials of Conservation of Manuscripts

Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi

2nd to 4th 
Feb. 2005


Buddhist Literary Heritage in India: Text and Context

Calcutta University and Asiatic Society, Kolkata

18th to 20th 
July 2005


Saving India’s Medical Manuscripts

Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Tradition (FRLHT), Bangalore, Karnataka

5th to 6th 
Oct. 2005

Financial Year 2006-07


Kriti Rakshana: Manuscripts and Indian Knowledge Systems

Dept. of Sanskrit and Tamil Literature, University of Madras

9th to 11th 
Feb. 2006


Kadathas and their Preservation

Karnataka State Archives, Bangalore, Karnataka

30th to 31st 
May 2006


Text, Practice and Aesthetics: Exploring the Manuscript Traditions of Indian Architecture with Special Emphasis on South India

Tanjore Maharaja Serfoji’s Saraswati Mahal Library, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

31st Aug. 
2nd Sept. 


Indian Tradition of Drama and Stage Performance: Drsya Kavya aur Prayoga Vijnana ki Pandulipi Parampara

Dr. Hari Sing Gour University, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

18th to 20th 
Nov. 2006

Financial Year 2007-08


Text and Variations of the Mahabharata: Contextual and Performative Traditions

National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi

5th to 7th 
Feb. 2007

Financial Year 2009-10


Seminar cum round table discussion on “Manuscript Tradition of India”

National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi

17th Feb. 


The seminar on “Development of Bengali Script” conducted as part of the “International Congress on Bengal Studies with an exhibition”.

Dept. of Modern Languages and Language Studies, University of Delhi.

25th to 28th 
Feb. 2010


Seminar cum round table discussion on “Persian and Arabic Manuscript in India”

National Mission for Manuscripts, New Delhi

29th to 31st 
Mar. 2010

Financial Year 2010-11


Traditional Medicine System of India (with special reference to available manuscripts)

Oriental Research Institute and manuscript Library, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram

8th to 10th 
Dec. 2010


The seminar was conducted as part of the International Conference on “Persian and Arabic: National Heritage of Composite Culture”

Dept. of Persian, University of Delhi.

9th to 11th 
Dec. 2010


Mathematical Manuscripts in India

Kund Kund Jnanapitha, Indore, M.P

27th to 29th March  2011


National seminar on “Buddhist Sanskrit Texts and their Conservation

Nagarjuna Buddhist Foundation, Gorakhpur


18th Feb. to 20th Feb. 2011


Manuscripts on Poetics in southern peninsula (Sanskrit as well as Dravidian Languages)

APGOML, Hyderabad, A.P


18th to 20th March 2011


Manuscript resources in North East Region problems of conservation and Dissemination (Regional seminar)

Govt. Degree college, Dharmanagar, North Tripura, Tripura


20th to 22nd Nov.2010


Manuscripts as alternative Textual Traditions (special panel)

School of Language, Literature and Culture studies, Central University of Gujrat, Sector-30, Gandhinagar, Gujrat-382030

3rd to 6th March 2011

Financial Year 20011-12


National seminar on “Less-known Grammatical Manuscripts, Grammarians & Theories”

CASS, University of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra


28th – 30th Nov. 2011


National seminar on “Manuscripts related to Architecture"

O. R. I., University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

16th  -18th  Nov.2011


National seminar on ‘’History of Medieval Deccan as reflected in Arabic and Persian Manuscripts’’

AP State Archives, Hyderabad, A. P.

19th  –21th Dec. 2011


National seminar on “Manuscripts Heritage on Astronomy”

O. R. I., SV University, Tirupati, A. P

2nd – 4th Feb. 2012


National seminar on “Siddha Manuscripts”

Govt. Museum, Egmore, Chennai, T.N

10th - 12th Feb. 2012


International seminar on “Prakrit Manuscripts”

LDII, Ahmedabad

16th – 19th Feb. 2012


National seminar on “ Garhwal mein Upalabdh Pandulipiyan”

Dept. of Sanskrit, HNB Garhwal Unv. Pauri Garhwal, U.K

14th-15th Dec. 2011


National seminar on “Advaita-Vedanta and Nyaya”

Manuscript Library, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, West Bengal

27th – 30th Dec. 2011



National seminar on “History of Tripura in the medieval period as reflected in Manuscripts”

Dept. of History, Tripura University, Tripura

19th – 21st Jan. 2012


International seminar on “Colonial note from the continuity of Culture: Emerging study of Manuscriptology”

CSELMF, Dept of Bengali, Assam University, Silchar, Assam

1st to 3rd March 2012


Seminar on “Identity of Manipuris” through Manuscripts (Puyas)

Moreh Trade Centre (International Border) Myanmar

15th 19th Dec. 2011


National seminar on “Oral and written forms: The Literary Tradition of India”

Vemna Foundation Chennai

31st Jan. 3rd Feb. 2012


Narional Seminar on “Vedalaksana Texts: Search and Analysis”

Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

12th to 14th March  2012

See Calender Of Events for future training schedules