A commemorative postage stamp on the 125th Anniversary of theNational Archives of India (NAI), a repository of the non-current records of the Government of India :
Issued by India
Issued on Mar 11, 2016
Issued for : The Department of Posts is pleased to release a commemorative postage stamp on completion of 125 years of existence of National Archives of India.
Stamp / FDC / Cancellation Cachet : Smt. Nenu Gupta
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.501 million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- The National Archives of India (NAI) is the custodian of non-current records of the Government of India and is holding them in trust for the use of the records creators and users at large. It is the biggest repository of the non-current records in South East Asia. Archives are the priceless documentary heritage of any nation and as the premier archival institution in the country; the National Archives of India plays a key role in guiding and shaping the development of archives both at the national as well as international level. In its unique position as the sole repository of Public records of the country, NAI has been the memory keeper of the nation.
- Established in 1891 at Calcutta as the Imperial Records Department (IRD), the National Archives of India was later shifted to New Delhi in 1911. The present building of the National Archives of India was constructed in 1926, and the transfer of all records was completed in 1937. After Independence, the IRD was rechristened as National Archives of India.
- As the custodian of public records of the Government of India, the regular series of records in the department dates back to the year 1748. These records contain information essential for good governance and they provide a sound basis for historical and inter-disciplinary research. The National Archives of India also possesses microfilms of records of Indian interest acquired from the archival repositories located abroad. In addition, there is a rich collection of private papers of eminent Indians as well as a large collection of oriental records comprising manuscripts and various documents such as: (parwanas, kharitas, farmans) etc. All the records are available for consultation as per The Public Records Rules, 1997. Besides, NAI also has a rich and ever expanding library of books apart from proscribed publications, vernacular native newspaper reports, parliamentary papers etc.
- On 11 March 2015, the National Archives of India completed 125 years of its existence and this eventful journey from Imperial Records Department to National Archives of India was celebrated by a curtain raiser. During this programme, a plethora of activities were organized, viz, an exhibition, Launch of a Logo for 125th Year Celebration, online search portal : Abhilekh Patal, virtual exhibition on Gandhi–Mandela (displayed at Johannesburg as a part of Festival of India in South Africa), and the release of three new publications based on archival material of the department.
- National Archives of India function as an attached office of the Ministry of Culture entrusted with the preservation of the documentary heritage of the nation. It is also the nodal agency for the implementation of the Public Records Act, 1993 and the Public Records Rules, 1997. It has one Regional Office at Bhopal and three Records Centres at Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur and Puducherry.
- Text : Based on the material received from proponent.