New Delhi, 25th May 2022:- A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh city, and the National Mission for Manuscripts, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, for Survey, documentation, conservation, digitization and online dissemination of manuscripts of Indic origin. In Ho Chi Minh city, The MOU was signed by the Member Secretary, IGNCA Dr. Sachchidanand Joshi, and the President, University of Social Science and Humanity Prof. Ngo Phugon Lan in the august presence of Madan Mohan Shetty, Conciliate General, Prof. Amarjiva Lochanand, Joint Dean, International Relations, University of Delhi and Dr. Tran Anh Tien, Head of the International Division.
“This is the second International MOU between Vietnam and India signed, on 24th April 2022 an MOU in the same line was signed between India and Thailand. Apart from this National Mission for Manuscripts, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, has printed 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur till 31st March 2022 for different monasteries in Mongolia,” added Prof. P. Jha, HoD, CIL.
NMM will help in setting up a laboratory for the conservation and digitization of manuscripts and provide one-time equipment for digitization. NMM is responsible for all maintenance costs of the Laboratory, all equipment, and other components for the project for a period of one year from the date of installation of the equipment in Thailand and Vietnam both. The National Mission for Manuscript is committed to conserving and digitize the manuscripts of Indic origin and Buddhist Literature housed in South East Asian Countries like Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam, etc. said, Prof. P. Jha.