PANAJI: Minister Subhash Phaldessai said that the department will undertake digitization of 3 crore records in its possession in a phased manner
“State Archives dept is one of the oldest Archives Dept of South Asia and possesses archival records since 1498. the dept will undertake digitization of 3 crore records in its possession in a phased manner,” said Phaldessai
He said that the records will be made available to the public through a software in a secure manner to ensure that they are not misused.
He opined that the mechanism will help prevent and help identify attempts of land grab scams using archival records.
Subhash also said that the dept will connect with Lisbon, Portugal to check if digitized and non digitized records related to Goa could be acquired by the state from them. 90 % of the archival documents with the dept in Modi language have been translated to Marathi, he informed.
Schemes of special financial assistance for the publication of books based on archival records and translations and 2 fellowships for undertaking research projects based on archival records were also launched today.
Minister also unveiled two research-oriented schemes aimed at preserving and promoting Goa’s rich heritage and history.
The first scheme, the “Mukhyamantri Purabhilekh Prakashan Yojana,” aims to provide special financial assistance for the publication of books based on archival records and translations in the Department of Archives.
These books will cover diverse subjects, including History, Sociology, Anthropology, Politics, Governance, and Administration.
The second scheme, “Dr. Pandurang Shenvi Pissurenlenkar Research Fellowship Scheme,” seeks to encourage research scholars to undertake research projects based on archival records available within the Department of Archives.
Two fellowships will be awarded annually, one at the junior level and the other at the senior level, to support research in specified areas.