February 2007 News

Gilgit Manuscript Makes Bid For UNESCO

26 February 2007
The Indian Express

Jammu: Gilgit manuscript, considered one of the oldest in the world, has been declared a national treasure by the Government of India and recommended for inclusion in UNESCO's Memory of World Register. With officials claiming that this manuscript have not been deciphered fully, it is hoped that the declaration will give spurt to research activities on the rare manuscripts in the Himalayan state. Recently, the state Department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums was awarded by the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM), under the Union Ministry of Culture and Tourism, for preserving rare manuscripts. Gilgit manuscript written on birch bark as early as 5th- 6th century AD is one of most rare possessions in the Department of Archives, Archaelogy and Museums, Jammu and Kashmir.


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