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National Committee of Archivists Concludes 47th Meeting, Emphasizes Digitalization and Collaboration

Srinagar: The 47th Meeting of the National Committee of Archivists (NCA) concluded its two-day session at the Sher-e Kashmir International Convention Centre (SKICC), Srinagar, on March 19, 2024. Delegates from across various states and union territories of India convened to discuss strategies for revitalizing archives administration and records management systems.

Delegates from Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh participated in person, while representatives from Haryana and West Bengal attended virtually. This hybrid format allowed for broader participation and collaboration despite geographical constraints.

Throughout the two-day meeting, delegates engaged in robust discussions on leveraging digital and AI technologies to enhance archives administration. They emphasized the importance of adopting a focused approach to preserve and share the nation’s rich documentary heritage. One of the key agreements reached was the commitment to making archival resources easily accessible through a dedicated web portal.

Additionally, delegates sought guidance from the National Archives of India in formulating guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the digitization of records. They also explored new avenues such as integrating Oral Archives and non-traditional archival sources into public archives at both the national and regional levels.

Arun Singhal, Director General of Archives and Chairman and Convener of NCA, delivered an address highlighting the importance of democratizing access to valuable information contained in public and private records. He stressed the need for collaboration among archival institutions across India to provide unified search results on various topics, streamlining access to archival material dispersed across different repositories.

As the meeting concluded, the NCA reaffirmed its commitment to advancing archives administration and records management in India. The emphasis on digitalization, collaboration, and accessibility reflects a concerted effort to preserve the nation’s cultural heritage and historical legacy for future generations. Through continued dialogue and collaboration, the NCA aims to ensure that India’s archival resources remain accessible and relevant in the digital age.

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