Photos: Jamia Millia Islamia digitises old and rare books

One of the oldest universities in the country, Jamia Millia Islamia recently completed the digitisation of around 2,230 rare books and manuscripts. The digitised books include around 80 copies of handwritten Quran in different calligraphic styles, a 13th-century book by the first Muslim medical scientist Abu Ali Sina, 18th century translated versions of the Mahabharata and Padmavat in Persian and Urdu, etc. After this digitisation, the university may receive financial aid to set up its own digitisation and conservation unit for archives.

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Around 2,230 rare books and manuscripts — including a 13th-century book by popular scientist of the time Abu Ali Sina, 18th century translated versions of the Mahabharata and Padmavat in Persian and Urdu and a copy of 17th-century Persian book on human anatomy—will soon be available online at Jamia Millia Islamia’s central library. The university concluded its yearlong process of conserving and digitising these rare books and manuscripts on Wednesday. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Around 2,230 rare books and manuscripts — including a 13th-century book by popular scientist of the time Abu Ali Sina, 18th century translated versions of the Mahabharata and Padmavat in Persian and Urdu and a copy of 17th-century Persian book on human anatomy—will soon be available online at Jamia Millia Islamia’s central library. The university concluded its yearlong process of conserving and digitising these rare books and manuscripts on Wednesday. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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Jamia has a collection of around 2,500 rare books and manuscripts of which 2,230 have been digitised under this project. The project was started in February last year. The books were first conserved using tissue lamination as per the norms of National Archives of India. As the pages of these books were extremely brittle, they were bound before digitisation. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

Jamia has a collection of around 2,500 rare books and manuscripts of which 2,230 have been digitised under this project. The project was started in February last year. The books were first conserved using tissue lamination as per the norms of National Archives of India. As the pages of these books were extremely brittle, they were bound before digitisation. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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A man works inside Central Library during the digitisation process. In the absence of a proper a digitisation setup on the campus, the entire process was done using DSLR cameras in collaboration with Iran Culture House in Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

A man works inside Central Library during the digitisation process. In the absence of a proper a digitisation setup on the campus, the entire process was done using DSLR cameras in collaboration with Iran Culture House in Delhi. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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“We generally use scanners for the digitisation of old books and manuscripts. But, here, we used DSLR cameras instead. Though we could not capture the images as per standards of scanners, it cost us much less,” said Naseem Hasan of Noor International Microfilm Centre situated at Iran Culture House. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

“We generally use scanners for the digitisation of old books and manuscripts. But, here, we used DSLR cameras instead. Though we could not capture the images as per standards of scanners, it cost us much less,” said Naseem Hasan of Noor International Microfilm Centre situated at Iran Culture House. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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“There are around 80 copies of handwritten Quran in different calligraphic styles with gold and indigo illuminations. We have digitised a 17th-century Persian book, Ajaib-al-makhluqat, having gold illustrations,” said Umaima Farooqui, assistant archivist and the in-charge of the manuscript section at the university library. The university is simultaneously producing the metadata of these books and manuscripts and these will soon be available for access by research scholars at the library. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

“There are around 80 copies of handwritten Quran in different calligraphic styles with gold and indigo illuminations. We have digitised a 17th-century Persian book, Ajaib-al-makhluqat, having gold illustrations,” said Umaima Farooqui, assistant archivist and the in-charge of the manuscript section at the university library. The university is simultaneously producing the metadata of these books and manuscripts and these will soon be available for access by research scholars at the library. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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According to retired JMI history professor Azizuddin Husain, among the digitised books is “Ahkaam ul Adviya wa Qalba”—a medical science book written by 13th-century Persian scientist Abu Ali Sina in 1236 AD. “As per historical evidence, the book has only two copies in the world and Jamia has one of them,” said Husain, who was the former editor of the university’s archives section. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

According to retired JMI history professor Azizuddin Husain, among the digitised books is “Ahkaam ul Adviya wa Qalba”—a medical science book written by 13th-century Persian scientist Abu Ali Sina in 1236 AD. “As per historical evidence, the book has only two copies in the world and Jamia has one of them,” said Husain, who was the former editor of the university’s archives section. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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After this digitisation project, the university has received an assurance of ₹10 lakh as financial assistance from the National Archives of India to set up its own digitisation and conservation unit for archives. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

After this digitisation project, the university has received an assurance of ₹10 lakh as financial assistance from the National Archives of India to set up its own digitisation and conservation unit for archives. (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)

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