The National Archives of India has successfully collaborated with the State Archives of Turkey and the National Records and Archives Authority of Oman. The collaboration was reached after a series of meetings in Ankara and Muscat.
V Srinivas, the Director General of National Archives of India on 2 January 2014 met with Ugur Unal, the Director General State Archives of Turkey in Istanbul. He met with Hamad Mohd. Al Dhawiani, the Chairman of the National Records and Archives Authority of Oman in Muscat on 31 December 2013.
During the visit of the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee to Ankara on 7 October 2013, the protocol for collaboration in Archives was signed between India and Turkey. The Ambassador of India to Turkey Susmita Gongulee Thomas and the First Deputy Minister of Archives of Turkey M. Abdullah Canbek were also present on the occasion in the State Archives of Turkey at Ankara. The protocol has been signed and exchanged in two languages namely Hindi and the Turkish.
National Archives of India, as per the signed protocol allows it to access the ancient Ottoman Archives record that amounts to 12 million documents. The two sides has recognized the benefits from the collaboration in the field of archives and agreed on the need to collaborate deeply in the coming years. The two sides will collaborate in future for development of strong institutions and improved record management practices.
India and Turkey agreed on the following road-map for future collaboration
• Identifying Archival Material of Mutual Interest: The National Archives of India has agreed to host a delegation of Archivists from the State Archives of Turkey at the National Archives of India for a period of 5 days. It will be hosted to identify documents, which are of interest to the State Archives of Turkey. The State Archives of Turkey has also agreed to provide a catalogue of reference material available with the State Archives of Turkey for National Archives of India to identify areas of mutual interest
• Exhibition of Ottoman Archival Records in National Archives of India: The National Archives of India agreed to host a one week exhibition from the State Archives of Turkey in New Delhi at a time of mutual convenience in 2014. It was also agreed that an advance team from State Archives of Turkey could be deputed to National Archives of India to work out the logistical arrangements
• Collaboration in Training Programs: The National Archives of India agreed to build collaboration with the State Archives of Turkey in development of training programs through a Technical Assistance Program
• Collaboration in Digitization of Records: the National Archives of India agreed to explore possible areas of collaboration with the State Archives of Turkey in the exchange of digital copies and share experiences in this regard
The bilateral meet between the Hamad Mohd Al Dhawiani of Sultanate of Oman and V Srinivas, Director General National Archives of India was also attended by the Ambassador of India to Oman, JS Mukul.
The two sides have identified following areas for collaboration
• The National Archives of India will host an Omani delegation of Archivists at New Delhi to prepare proper reference media for the archival documents collected from Indian side
• The National Records and Archives Authority will hold an exhibition at New Delhi on Omani and Ottoman Archival records along with a seminar of Arabic Scholars from both sides participating in the deliberations
• A technical assistance program for development of training programs would be developed between the 2 institutions
• Both sides would seek to explore collaboration in digitization of archival records
• Both sides agreed to work on exchange of archivists to develop archival records in both countries
• The National Archives of India would facilitate interaction with State Archives and Grant in Aid institutions associated with Portuguese history in India.
Oman has up till now has accessed 73000 documents of historical importance from National Archives of India for building an international records section in the National Records and Archives Authority.
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