National Digital Library (NDL) project was launched by NMEICT, MHRD, Govt. of India to develop a portal that provides a single window access to learners for e-contents, address the issue of collaborative learning and facilitate self-paced personalized learning. It is hosted and spearheaded by IIT, Kharagpur.
The cutting-edge digital resource, developed by Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group in association with the South Asia Research Foundation, answers the demand from researchers for new online research, learning and teaching resources relating to South Asia. Unrivalled in breadth and depth, the electronic resource offers over 5 million pages of interdisciplinary content across a wide variety of publication types. Comprising significant journal runs, rare books, film ephemera, census reports, travelogues and other documentation from colonial and early post-colonial India, the resource provides instant access to culturally and historically significant literary material from across the Indian Subcontinent covering the mid-18th to the mid-20th century.
The digital resource also brings together a wealth of primary & secondary content in both English & vernacular languages supported by powerful full-text search & keyword highlighting, available 24X7 on your desktop.
"These documents are truly interdisciplinary, reflecting the varied range of knowledge production in colonial and early post-colonial India in fields including culture and society, industry and economy, science, technology and medicine, urban planning and administration and politics and law," says the archive's editor Boria Majumdar. Co-editor Dr Sharmistha Gooptu adds, "The Archive is going to be useful to people working in any field of South Asian history".
Dr David Green, Publishing Director, Taylor & Francis comments: "The South Asia Archive combines key content, selected for its rarity and historic value, with the first-rate functionality of a state-of-the-art platform from Routledge. I am delighted that this major resource is now available to scholars throughout India via the National Digital Library."
To find out more about the South Asia Archive, visit the website.<http://www.southasiaarchive.com/unauthenticated>