AMRITSAR SAHIB (January 24, 2013)–A 3-day National Seminar on Punjabi Manuscripts concluded in Conference Hall of the Guru Nanak Dev University.
This National Seminar was organized for the first time in Punjab by Bhai Gurdas Library of the University. More than fifty scholars presented their research papers during this seminar on different aspects like the availability of Punjabi Manuscripts at different places, methods to preserve these manuscripts, conservation methods, preservation of brittle and fragile manuscripts, microfilming, digitization, use of natural herbs and leaves to protect the manuscripts and factors responsible for deterioration of manuscripts.
Dr. A.K. Thukral, Director of Research presided over the valedictory session. Dr. H.S. Chopra, Librarian of the Bhai Gurdas Library welcomed the chief guest and others.
All delegates that participated in this seminar were of the view that a database of all the manuscripts in Punjabi should be prepared, which are scattered throughout India and more than six hundred manuscripts that are available in European countries, USA, Pakistan, Samarkand etc.
They were also of the view that manuscripts with individuals and religious places may deteriorate within a few years if attempts are not made to save these. They said that destruction by invaders, internal disturbances and tropical conditions are responsible for the deterioration of manuscripts and need to be checked.
Among the scholars, Prof. Chaman Lal, Delhi; Mr. S.P. Singh, Ex. Director, National Museum, New Delhi; Dr. Balwinder Kaur, Head, Punjab Historical Studies, Punjabi University Patiala; Dr. Karam Malhotra; Dr. Saroj Bala; Dr. Kulwinder Singh all from Punjabi University Patiala; Dr. H.L. Bawa, Muktsar; Prof. Raj Kumar Hans from M.S. University of Baroda; Dr. Dharam Singh; Dr. Rajwant Kaur; Dr. Asha Narang; Dr. Amritpal Kaur; Prof. J.S. Sabar; Dr. Balwant Singh Dhillon all from Guru Nanak Dev University were the main speakers.
These articles will be published in ‘Samrakshika’ and ‘Samikshika’ by National Mission
for Manuscripts, New Delhi.