India and France on 28 October 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to conserve, develop and publicize written heritage at the National Library in Kolkata.
The MoU was signed by Sreya Guha, Joint Secretary (Library) in the Union Ministry of Culture and Bruno Racine, President of the National Library of France.
This MoU will entail development of digital co-operation, sharing of technical and other expertise, competency, skill-building and cultural co-operation between the two countries. The MoU will assist a programme on digitization of old manuscripts and documents that began in France seven years ago.
National Virtual Library in India
The Union Ministry of Culture also announced the project of building a National Virtual Library in India which will store and share numerous manuscripts, archives, artworks etc and this co-operation will go a long way in efficient implementation of this project.
The National Virtual Library will link and share all knowledge resources lying within the possession of various government institutes and other organizations of both the countries.
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Who: India and France
What: Signed MoU
When: 28 October 2015