The Odisha government has come up with an initiative e-Pothi, an online manuscript cataloguing system, to help research scholars, students and historians access rare manuscripts from home online through internet.
As many as 40,000 manuscripts in possession of the Odisha State Museum have been digitised, e-catalogued and hosted on the Web through a dedicated webpage, e-Pothi.
Embedded in the website of Odisha State Museum – odishamuseum.nic.in – some of the categories under which those can be accessed are Illustrate Manuscripts, Sanskrit Purana, Tantra, Veda, Odia Literature, Shilpasastra, Jyotisha, Grammar, Ganita, Dharmasastra, Darshan and Ayurveda.
Culture minister Ashok Panda said the first and last page of a particular manuscript will be visible on the website. “If the researchers are willing to download the full texts, they will have to purchase it by making an online payment. Different tariffs will be fixed for different manuscripts. This can also help the museum generate revenue,” said Panda.
For accessing the manuscripts, researchers will have to key in the name of author, subject and category. “If a particular text is not available on a simple search, the researchers can go for advance search, which will have more options,” said Panda.
He added that National Informatics Centre has designed the software in such a way so that researchers can pay online and get the scripts without any hassle.
E-pothi, a project of the Culture Department and implemented by National Informatics Centre (NIC), will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday.