KU to host workshop on manuscriptology

Srinagar, Mar 12: In a bid to “sensitize and broaden the understanding amongst the scholars, teachers and academicians for preserving the historic manuscripts”, the Department of Persian Studies, Kashmir University (KU) will host a workshop on ‘Manuscriptology and Paleography’ from March 15.
  A KU handout said the 21-day workshop is being sponsored by National Mission for Manuscripts, Ministry of Culture Government of India.
 According to the organizers, the “main aim of the workshop is to train the teachers and scholars of the interdisciplinary areas who can easily read and understand the different scripts of these manuscripts which have been preserved in different libraries and personal domain of the people of Kashmir.”
 Programme Coordinator Dr Jahangir Iqbal said:  “India is a veritable storehouse of Manuscripts but there is absence of any standardized system to preserve these manuscripts.”
 “There is dire need to teach people particularly those who are relevant to the field about the various standardized methods for the preservation of different manuscripts,” Dr Iqbal said.
 “India is having about 5,000,000 manuscripts as mentioned in the project document prepared in 2002 by the Department of Culture, Government of India,” the KU PRO said.
 According to the experts, some institutions have attempted to record and preserve different manuscripts but they do not have any systematic attempt to consolidate these manuscripts into a database.
 “The Department of Persian Studies has taken up this serious issue of Manuscriptology and paleography with National Mission for Manuscripts Ministry of Culture Government of India for reviving the manuscripts of national importance,” he said.
 The inaugural function of the workshop will be held at KU’s Ibn-e-Khuldoon Auditorium on 15th March at 11:00 AM which will be presided over by the KU Vice-Chancellor, while Director National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), Dr Khawaja Ikram will be the Chief Guest.
 Besides, the function will be attended by Dean Academic Affairs, Prof Ali Muhammad Shah, Registrar University of Kashmir, Prof Zaffar Ahmad Reshi, faculty members of the department and the participants from the different departments of the varsity.
 The workshop will be attended by teachers and research scholars of Arabic, Persian, Urdu, Islamic studies, Center for Center Asian Studies (CCAS), Kashmir studies, Iqbaliyat, Marqaz-e-Noor and History department.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 12 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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