Thursday, 13 March 2014

124th Foundation Day Celebrations of National Archives of India

The National Archives of India which is a repository of non-current records of permanent value of Government of India is celebrating its 124th Foundation Day on 11 March 2014. It was on 11th March 1891 that the Department was established as Imperial Records Department at Imperial Secretariat Building, Calcutta with G.W.Forrest as the First Officer incharge of the Department. 

The Foundation Day Celebrations were formally inaugurated by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture Shri K.K.Mittal. 

A Foundation Day Lecture was also delivered by noted Historian and Tagore Fellow Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Former Chairman of Indian Council of Historical Research, New Delhi. The theme of the lecture was `The Foundations of the Archival Policy of the Indian Government: Towards Independence’. 

Two bilateral agreements on co-operation in the field of Archives were also signed by National Archives of India with the National Archives of Portugal and NRAA, Oman 2014-2015. 

On this occasion two exhibitions entitled “Commemorating 100 years of Ghadar Party (1913-2013)” and “1913: The Historic Transvaal March – 100 years” mounted in the premises of National Archives of India were inaugurated by Shri K.K.Mittal, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Culture in the presence of eminent scholars, media and distinguished guest. The exhibition on the 100 years of Transvaal March was earlier organized by National Archives of India in the Volkrust Prison, South Africa as a part of commemorative function, jointly organized by the Ministry of Culture and Government of South Africa in the month of November 2013; similarly the exhibition on 100 years of Ghadar Party which is part of National Celebrations of Historical event and this exhibition was also organized at Kolkata and Chandigarh during the National and International Seminar in the months of February and March 2014 respectively has also been displayed in the premises of National Archives of India for public viewing. 

These exhibitions will remain open for public on all working days from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 

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