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State archive building inaugurated in Kohima

Kohima, Mar 14 (NPN): (Correspondent)
Published on 14 Mar. 2012 10:24 PM IST
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In a landmark achievement, the newly constructed state archive building located inside Art & Culture Directorate complex was inaugurated at Kohima on March 14.

The new building which is poised to become state of the art archive and a treasure of the state was formally inaugurated by Deo Nukhu, advisor, art & culture, Sc&T and NRE.

In his address, Nukhu said the archive section of the department was a small beginning but expressed hope that with the inauguration of the new building, it would grow bigger, gradually.

“Although our dream to have a full “State Archives” has taken a long time, today we are happy that we have the building with some basic furnishing. We should be able to set up the system although we may still take some more time to have the required manpower till essential posts are created”.

He also highlighted the background on the establishment of the National Archive of India (NAI) which was established in 1891 at Calcutta and later shifted to Delhi in 1911 and also ‘School of Archival Studies’ which provides various courses both long term and short term courses.

In this regard, he expressed hope that interested qualified youth would go for archival studies in the near future for the benefit of the state and called upon the youth to take up the challenge.

Just as the National Archives of India (NIA) maintains records of the country, he stressed the need to collect and preserve all important historical and official records of the state such as available records of pre-British period, British colonial rule and after India’s independence, the first advent of Christianity and entry of missionaries, Naga Club memorandum to Simon Commission, 16 points agreement and the first interim government in the state.

He further said that in due course, the department also needed to set up conservation research laboratory to repair original records of valuable documents for future references by research scholars, administrators and policy makers.

Furthermore, Nukhu also called upon the youth to cultivate interest and talent in acting, fine arts, music and dance and to look for appropriate recognized institutes both in the country and abroad where scholarships are available.

He reminded that this would greatly enhance their professionalism and also help them for self employment.
Earlier, Himato Zhimomi IFS, commissioner & secretary art and culture in his opening address termed the archive building as a national treasure representing the people of the state.

“One day people would know us through this archive”, he said.
He however regretted that our forefather did not have archives but said that it was not too late.
“Without past, there is no history”, he added.

Imsu, investigator of the state archive while exhorting the gathering on the context of archives said the state archive today contains more than 10,000 (ten thousand) files and documents. 

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