The National Mission for Manuscripts was established in February 2003 by the Government of India with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) as the nodal agency. At present it is a part of IGNCA.
Its purpose is to locate, document, preserve and dis-seminate the knowledge content of Indian manuscripts. The Mission, through its nationwide network and documentation efforts, is engaged in preserving the physical form and rendering accessible India’s textual heritage, seeking to link the knowledge of the past with the future.
Samraksika (conservation related seminar and workshop) series is one of various outreach programmes conducted by the Mission. The first volume of Samraksika, published in 2006, dealt with Indigenous Methods of Preservation and Conservation of Manuscripts. The present volume is the culmination of the lectures during a number of workshops on 'Rare Support Materials for Manuscripts and their Conservation'. They provide valuable information on techniques and science of conservation of writing materials.
The contributors are listed in alphabetic order: Achal Pandya, B.V. Kharbade, D.D.N. Singh, D.G. Suryawanshi, K.K. Gupta, Samiran Boruah and V. Jeyaraj.