Amritsar, Jul 6 UNI | 17 days ago

Hundreds of rare books, manuscripts and hand-written documents belonging to Sikh Guru's time and Punjab's rich cultural heritage at the 83-year-old Sikh Research Library and Museum in historic Khalsa College, has been digitized.

The material has been put into digital technology through computerization following a rigorous six-month long digitization processing by a Jalandhar based private company.

Khalsa College governing Council President Sardar Satyajit Singh Majithia yesterday said the effort was meant for restoration and preservation of the precious material for the future generations.

He said by using the latest technology the books and manuscripts in library had been restored and in the next phase the Museum's photographs would also be preserved through digitization.

The Sikh Research Library was established in 1930 and is a treasure trove of the historical documents dating back to the 16th and 17th century. It houses more than 6,274 books, which include rare books in English and Punjabi and there are hundreds of manuscripts and documents in Urdu, Sanskrit and Persian also, apart from newspaper and magazine as old as 1,904 and some of the books are available only here.

"All the material except some newspapers had been digitized", said Mr Majithia. He said there were weapons belonging to the times of Khalsa Army and other Sikh Wars besides the old coins of Sikh era."

"It is a treasure house of Sikh history and culture. Hundreds of students use the documents for their research activities", he said.

(Posted on 06-07-2014)