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Indian archives to hold expo on Oman.

Muscat: The National Archives of India has identified areas of collaboration with the Archives Authority of Oman after a meeting between officials of the Indian archives and their Omani counterparts last week in Muscat. As an outcome of the meeting, the National Archives of India will host an Omani delegation of archivists in New Delhi to prepare proper reference media for the archival documents collected from Indian side and will also hold an exhibition in New Delhi on Omani and Ottoman archival records besides a seminar featuring Arabic scholars from both sides. "A technical assistance programme for developing training programmes would be formulated by the two institutions. Both sides would seek to explore areas of collaboration in digitising the archival records. "They will work on exchange of archivists to develop archival records in both countries. Besides, the Indian archives office would facilitate interaction with State Archives and grant-in-aid institutions associated with the Portuguese history in India," the statement released by India's Press Information Bureau said. The Sultanate has hitherto accessed 73,000 documents of historical importance from the National Archives of India for building an international records section in the National Records and Archives Authority. The bilateral meeting was held between the Sultanate's Chairman of National Records and Archives Authority, Dr Hamad Mohommed Al Dhawiani, and Director General of National Archives of India, V. Srinivas. Trade relations Historically, trade between India and Oman goes back several millenniums and archaeological excavations in Oman have unearthed evidence to show Indo-Oman trade in the Roman and pre-Islamic times. Oman had links with the Indian states in Gujarat and along the Malabar Coast. Meanwhile, last Thursday, the Indian archives officials also held a series of meetings at the State Archives of Turkey. The protocol will allow National Archives of India to access ancient Ottoman Archives records amounting to 12 million documents with considerable historical importance in the year 2014. In the bilateral meeting, both sides recognised the benefits from the collaboration in the field of archives and agreed on the need for deeper collaboration in the coming years to develop strong institutions and improved record management practices. India and Turkey have agreed on a road-map for future collaboration in identifying archival material of mutual interest. The National Archives of India has agreed to host a delegation of archivists from the State Archives of Turkey at the National Archives of India for a period of five days to identify documents which are of interest to the State Archives of Turkey. The latter, in turn, has agreed to provide a catalogue of reference material available with it for the National Archives of India to identify areas of mutual interest and to hold an exhibition of Ottoman Archival Records at the National Archives of India. Exhibition on Turkey The National Archives of India has agreed to host a one week exhibition from the State Archives of Turkey in New Delhi at a time of mutual convenience in 2014. It was also agreed that an advance team from the State Archives of Turkey could be deputed to National Archives of India to work out the logistical arrangements, collaboration in training programmes and collaboration in digitisation of records.

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Geographic Code:7OMAN
Date:Jan 5, 2014
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