Google to digitise 800,000 books at Mysore varsity

At least 800,000 books and manuscripts, including India's first political treaties the Arthasastra written in the 4th century B.C. by Kautilya, that are lying in Mysore University in Karnataka, will be digitised by Google, the world's leading Internet sea

Google to digitise 800,000 books at Mysore varsity
At least 800,000 books and manuscripts, including India's first political treaties the Arthasastra written in the 4th century B.C. by Kautilya, that are lying in Mysore University in Karnataka, will be digitised by Google, the world's leading Internet search engine.


"Written in both papers and palm leaves, there are around 100,000 manuscripts in our library, some dating back to the eighth century. The effort is to restore and preserve this cultural heritage for effective dissemination of knowledge," said J. Shashidhara Prasad, vice-chancellor of the university.

"Many manuscripts on ayurveda, mathematics, medicine, science, astrology and economy including Arthasastra and several paper manuscripts of the Wodeyar dynasty of Mysore will be digitised first," Prasad, who was recently in Delhi, told IANS.

Written either in Sanskrit or Kannada, these resources of knowledge would be patented and printed after the digitisation work is over, Prasad said. "Depending upon the exclusivity of the materials, we will patent them before making them available on public domain," he said, adding that Google has offered them free service.

Source: IANS
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