Minister's call to digitalise traditional knowledge forms
(From News Today, Chennai, India)

NT Bureau
Chennai, Sept 19, 2003

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr Murli Manohar Joshi has suggested that Ministries dealing with culture, information technology, science & technology, health and media join hands to create a system to digitalise all forms of traditional knowledge for their proper preservation and use.

The Minister was interacting with top representatives of Central Ministries, organisations and prominent individuals dealing with education, science & technology, social sciences, culture and media at the meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO in New Delhi, according to an official press release here.

This could be on the lines of expanding the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) recently set up in the area of traditional medicine, by the Health and Science & Technology Ministries, he said.

Dr Joshi cautioned that if this is not done in time and exhaustively, the enormous cultural heritage of India would be lost to forces of crass commercialisation.