IIT Bombay and Ministry of Culture Collaborate to Launch Indian Culture Portal

Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay and Ministry of Culture collaborated and launched this portal named Indian Culture Portal. Through the National Virtual Library of India, NVLI project, the Ministry of Culture has taken on the task of preserving and compiling the facets of heritage and culture. This task was undertaken in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Bombay.

The portal has been designed in such a way as to cover vast resources of Indian culture. The team assembled collections of historical and cultural significance from institutions across India. It is a portal for students and researchers working in the field of history and social sciences.

Students and researchers will be able to access rare information that will rarely be available in private museum channels.

The Indian Culture Portal was initially launched in December 2019 and is now available on Android and iOS apps. It is available for free and anyone can use it anytime and from anywhere. The app has features like social media sharing, digital flipbooks, QR code sharing and advanced search

The portal features a variety of items for accessing rare books and manuscripts, historical archives, museum information, and information on art forms, music, textiles, and cuisines from across Europe. India. There is also a category where one can get information on traditional crafts and oral traditions.

The portal contains stories created from the archives of the National Archives of India which are linked to the evidence in the archives. Readers can easily access these archives.

Other features include photo essays, a virtual tour of the premises, a story, and excerpts from rare books. There are books dated to the 14th century and on subjects such as botany, architecture, cuisine and literature.

The team also launched the “Archives of Freedom” to coincide with the 75th year of independence event. The section contains old newspaper clippings, pictures and rare books about heroes of the freedom struggle who made an impact. A section on the unsung heroes of the freedom movement. Readers can consult the “Did you know?” section. » section devoted to famous personalities.

The IIT Bombay team of 50 including subject matter experts, management team and website development who collected information.

The portal is available in two languages ​​Hindi and English. The team plans to make it available in several Indian languages.

The team through this Indian culture portal is planning to have wider outreach programs and also looking forward to more social media and outreach professionals. This way the reach will be bigger and it will help spread the word.

Readers can now go and see the variety of features of the portal on the official website – indianculture.gov.in

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