Pune: Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI), on the occasion of completing its centenary year, announced a number of fresh projects that are presently being carried out by the institute. The projects include a massive digitisation process of books and manuscripts at BORI and a Virtual Museum that has already come up with its first exhibit.
Speaking about the digitisation process, Dr Sudheer Vaishampayan, member of the Regulating Council of BORI, said, “Around 1,35,000 books and over 28,000 manuscripts, which are available in the library of BORI, are presently being digitised. The Yardi family of Yardi Software Pvt Ltd has financially supported the institute and we will need around three years to finish the work.”
BORI is also coming up with an e-library. While the books are now available on the intranet of Bhandarkar Institute, once the process of digitisation and cataloging is over, the institute plans to make the digital library available on the Internet as well so that it can be accessed by anybody across the world.
“There are enquiries for the manuscripts available at BORI by researchers from across the world. Also, around 35-40 books here are very rare, which are required by researchers for reference. However, presently, accessing this material is very difficult for them. If the material is available on the Internet, it will aid thousands of researchers, and at the same time, also facilitate a better study of these age-old documents,” said Dr Vijay Bedekar, another member.