National Library of Pakistan makes unprecedented digitalisation work on rare books
ISLAMABAD - National Library of Pakistan (NLP) has so far completed digitalisation of around two million pages under its project “Digitalization of Rare Books and Manuscript Collection”. The project was aimed at preserving rare books and manuscripts of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal to educate the future generations about visionary thoughts of these two revolutionary personalities. Talking to APP, NLP Director Syed Ghayour Hussain said the project titled “Digitalization of Rare Books and Manuscript Collection” was approved in the budget of 2018-19. Under this project, the NLP will digitalise around 10,000 rare books and manuscripts comprising over 53, 00,000 (5.3 million) pages, he revealed. The digitalisation of rare books and manuscripts will serve as catalyst to aware younger generation with thoughts and messages of Quaid-e-Azam and Allama Iqbal. It will also help students who are pursuing their research on the contributions and lives of these two personalities, he added. Syed Ghayour Hussain informed that the NLP has also started maintaining digital record of verbal conversations of experts in different fields of lives who speak on important issues in different conferences and seminars. He said there is no record of such important talks by the leading experts so the NLP has started maintaining record for the future generations.