September 10, 2006

Microfilming of Indian Publications Project

MIPP or Microfilming of Indian Publications of Project is a joint venture of the Government of India under Ninth Five Years Plan and the Library of Congress.

From the site:
"Microfilming of Indian Publications Project (MIPP) is preserving and making accessible all 55,992 books listed in The National Bibliography of Indian Literature: 1901-1953 (NBIL) together with the pre-1954 titles in the NBIL supplement. These are books in the twenty-two major languages of South Asia selected by a group of Indian scholars for their central importance to humanistic understanding of India
As of April 2000, 22,000 titles have been microfilmed. More than 18,000 of these books are fully cataloged and can be searched through the NBIL search page at DSAL or through the Center for Research Libraries' catalog."

In a lighter vein, this is outsourcing of the Process by the Government of India which is funded by U.S.-India Fund for Cultural, Educational, and Scientific Cooperation. Since our childhood, we are told that the Germans took away our original sources and made major scientific advancements. Now here, I feel delighted that this projected has been envisaged and under execution. It is stark reality of Indian intellectual world that only elite groups access the archives. There are many constrain on the scholars from school and colleges to access such source material if they desire to undertake some serious work. With the digitization of sources and coming of the Internet, some respite can be felt by such starved scholars.

The need of such a project has been listed on the site. It is undertaken to overcome three major shortcomings namely high demand, paucity of holdings and low quality of paper.

Further, many more libraries have joined the project after finding the activity meaningful. The project has been first suggested by National Library of India, Kolkata. A detailed profile of project is given covering different aspects of the project on the site.

The site forms the part of the Digital South Asia Library. They have not only performed the job of preserving the South Asian literature in different languages but also catalogued it and then made it available in digital form. I have located different issues of Social Scientist on DSAL. One can read the issues of the journal from the year 1971 onwards. The last issue available on the site is of 2001, vol. 344-45

The students, research scholars and historians will find it useful to explore the site and find many original sources, books in different languages, maps and statistical data fully categorized according to time scales.

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