Punjabi Sahitya Akademi Reference Lab has been digitizing 150 years old manuscripts since May 2012 and has scanned and saved around 1,000 manuscripts, stone-printed scripts, poetry books on computer hard discs, reports Times of India, adding that the digitized editions will be available across the globe through the internet.

Speaking to the publication, P.S.Bajaj, Director of Punjabi Sahitya Akademi Reference Lab said that the Akademi has undertaken the digitization process to preserve these manuscripts, some of which date back to 1889, in a bid to spread awareness about calligraphy to future generations.

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