The National Archives of India, an attached office of Ministry of Culture, Government of India, celebrated its 110th Foundation Day on 11th March 2010. To commemorate the event, a Foundation Day Lecture on the topic ‘What are the Archives for?’ was delivered here today by Prof. Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, a renowned historian, who till recently was also the Chairman, Indian Council of Historical Research.

The Chief Guest of the function was Shri Jawhar Sircar, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, who, in his inaugural address, stressed upon the need to liberalize access rules of National Archives of India. Emphasising the importance of the archival wealth as the memory of the nation, Shri Sircar announced the new initiative taken by the Ministry of Culture of providing technical and financial support to all the State Archives with a view to bringing them at par with the best professional practices in the field.

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