Digital library to help preserve SAARC’s intellectual wealth

Digital library to help preserve SAARC’s intellectual wealth


Allahabad: Even as recession in the developed world casts a shadow on India’s IT exports, the country is making a mark with it being entrusted with setting up a digital library to preserve the intellectual wealth of neighbouring SAARC countries.

As a significant step in this direction, India has agreed to a project for developing a digital library of literary, scientific and other important works of SAARC member countries.

“We have been given the responsibility of developing the digital library following a consensus among SAARC member states for promotion of educational and cultural exchange," Director of the Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad, (IIIT-A), M D Tiwari told PTI.

“The IIIT-A was chosen as the resource institution for the project at a high-level meeting held in New Delhi in which the ministries of External Affairs, Information Technology and Human Resource Development discussed the modalities for making the SAARC digital library a reality," Tiwari said.

He said the project was likely to cost a modest four crore, “much is less than the expenditure incurred in ASEAN digital library, on which we had begun work much earlier".

“Our earlier project targeting the Association of South East Asian Nations has equipped us with enough know-how which we expect to put to use in making the latest venture more cost-effective", the III-A Director said.