National Mission for Manuscripts has successfully documented 5.2 million manuscripts with ancient scripts

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The National Mission for Manuscripts has successfully documented 5.2 million manuscripts with ancient scripts. The government, through the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture, has been involved in this effort to record valuable ancient manuscripts from various Indian languages, including Tamil.

Since its establishment, the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM) has documented 1,79,815 manuscripts in the Tamil language and 1,83,757 manuscripts in the Tamil script. The collection includes important manuscripts related to fields like Medicine and Polity. Specifically, NMM has recorded one lakh thirty-nine thousand manuscripts in Ayurveda (traditional medicine) and one thousand nine hundred seventy-nine manuscripts in the field of polity.

Union Minister for Culture, Tourism, and Development of North Eastern Region, Shri G. Kishan Reddy, shared this information in the Rajya Sabha, highlighting the significant efforts in preserving and documenting these valuable historical manuscripts.